Thursday, December 15, 2016

LED Lighting Continued...

I sure am looking forward to the typical Lower Mainland winter weather to return - otherwise known as rain.

 It's nice though - the colder temperatures and the sun - but it is stopping me from getting some things done, like bringing Rosebud home for one thing.  But this weather down in the harbour is nice, the boat is cosy, and we're looking forward to being here much more often.

Anyway, lots to do - and all of them fun jobs!  Now, I'm making up the LED light fixtures bandied about in the last post.  Here they are:


  1. SOOOO... I see you're powering that LED with a 9V battery. Is that bright enough to read by? Gonna try mine as soon as I get home!

    If so, I'm thinking of a 'wireless' personal light that can be moved around as needed, powered by rechargeable 9V.

    Maybe even (dare I say it) NAV lights! That could mean skipping the #@!! stern light wiring, and even hoistable masthead tricolor lights!

    I despise wiring.

    1. The bulbs I'm using here use close to 5 watts so I don't think a 9v battery would last too long. But it is bright enough for reading. LED bulbs do open up the possibility of making self contained anchor lights, nav lights and so on. Another thing we'll have on board for reading anyway is LED headlamps. They work really well - we even use them at home.

      I get your disdain for wiring Dave. I thought about not having an electrical system at all, but since we'll be in Mission Harbour a lot and shore power is there to use, well might as well. Also, along with our decision to buy a Nature's Head composting toilet we decided to keep some convention for the sake of social acceptability - ('oh yeah, Al and Lorri, they don't have lights and poop in a bucket')... :-)

    2. It's amazing how quickly even a simple system can add up to a substantial fraction of total cost!

      Ruminating about PVC fixtures along your lines... PVC shaping with heat (examples and techniques at, among other places) open up a new world of possibility.

      As far as social acceptability... it's a moving target. 8)

    3. No doubt tricky decisions to make at this stage of the project Dave :-) One of the things we consider with regard to 'social acceptability' is how to defend one's ground. I think it is important to draw the line of defense somewhat back from the actual ground desired. Because the weakness of a defense - the chink in the armor - exists because of self doubt and the possibility in the back of one's mind that the tormentor is right.

      We all suffer from that when breaking new ground, and those who are threatened by those new concepts - despite having all other kinds of ignorance and lack of perception - seem to know exactly where to jab the dagger if they see your confidence wanting to any degree.

      I have a reasonably thick skin. But when a remark is made here and there to Lorri, it is important that she can tell the remarker with authority and confidence that kite flying might have been a better thing to do at that moment :-)