raptor wrote:raptor wrote:I thought I would bump this thread for an update and to show some of the new members a simple alternative area lighting system. It is much preferable to any type of lantern for lighting a room.
An update on the Wallyworld LED bulbs. All have failed well short of their rated time however as I mentioned up front the cost was low, the light output was good and the power consumed was as stated. The lifespan of about 3,000 hours is still decent.
Wallyworld has stopped stocking the Lights of America brand bulbs and switched to FEIT brand. The FEIT $7 in my area vs. the $5 which is still a bargain. I have had quality issues with Lights of America products in the past. IMO FEIT is higher quality producer. The 3 FEIT bulbs I bought at Wallyworld to replace the 3 LOA bulbs have run over 4,320 hours without a failure. They are on 24/7 which may extend their life since they is no on/off.
Just a quick update on this I have run these bulbs about 5,640 hours with no end in sight for them.
Sckitzo wrote:Very interesting set up, I like this idea a lot! I wonder if there would be a way to hook a solar panel I acquired to this system to charge the jumper pack?
PsycoBob wrote:In my BOV/camper build, I needed to redo the lights. I ended up with a pair of LED flexible strips wired in series to work on my 24v batteries. "Warm White 5M 600 LED 3528 SMD Strip Light Waterproof"
dca2 wrote:Just a quick note about the OP - the inverter will use precious amps. Why not go with a direct 12v led setup?
raptor wrote:Murph wrote:
raptor: My question is have you ever thought about taking the inverter out of the equation and using 12v LEDs?
For example: Sunmia 1W 12V DC Round Frosted LED Bulb
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sunmia-1W-12V ... u=14472553
Yes I have. A 12 volt fixture would eliminate the inefficiency of an inverter converting DC to AC (and the bulb then converting AC back to DC again) and would reduce power draw.
However, for this write up I wanted a standard 120 volt AC household bulb. 12 volt LED bulbs are available in marine and RV stores and do tend cost a bit more. Also the light fixture plug would have to be changed to a cigarette lighter plug limiting the light to this purpose only.
On the other hand with the inverter you can simply use a standard house lamp with these bulbs and all of the components can be used for other day to day purposes. It is simpler for people with little technical expertise to simply plug in a standard household lamp to the inverter.
raptor wrote:I do not have a barcode for that light bulb but this site has it listed as UPC number of 0-17801 20801-6. If you look at this site they have other types of LED bulbs.
I just bought this at Wallyworld today for $6.87. 150 lumens, 2 watts and a regular edison base.
It is much brighter than the bulb I used in the OP and significantly higher quality to boot. The power consumption per my test meter is around 2 watts. The light output appears to be roughly equal to a 7 watt CFL. It is brighter than a 5 watt CFL.
12_Gauge_Chimp wrote:Because I keep a loaded .45 next to me at the house. I'm not paranoid, damnit. I'm prepared.
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