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Old 06-03-2016, 09:50 AM   #11
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Good info on what the basic systems draw. LED lighting is sure a way to save power
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:17 AM   #12
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Good info on what the basic systems draw. LED lighting is sure a way to save power
I have to admit I went with the Cheapest ones I could find in China on ebay, and there light output is not that great. When it's totally dark they are fine, but do loose some of their light output after they warm up in the enclosed fixture. I may do away with the standard retrofitted fixtures, and go with a purpose built LED fixture at some point. Anyone have a good source for LED's?
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:58 PM   #13
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Interesting, thanks for the info!
2X. Thanks for sharing valuable information. I
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:15 PM   #14
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good info...but if you had a portable solar panel you wouldn't need to worry about the little stuff. best upgrade I have
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:39 PM   #15
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good info...but if you had a portable solar panel you wouldn't need to worry about the little stuff. best upgrade I have
It all takes time.........

Can you list the equipment you use, and the source? Price when you purchased it?
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Old 06-03-2016, 03:22 PM   #16
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It all takes time.........

Can you list the equipment you use, and the source? Price when you purchased it?
I bought the Zamp 120 watt folding panel with the weatherproof controller and storage case. There are less expensive panels out there, but this very convenient and no hassle using or storing. Can't remember the site I bought it from but prices change all the time.Just sniff around the net
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:31 PM   #17
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My power cable for the heat strip was run through the refrigerator light fixture. One cable in there was for the light and the other ran the heat strip. I had no on or off switch for the heat strip so I just snipped the wire and added 2 connection ends in case I ever wanted to hook it back up.
Sounds very much like mine: circuit board in LED light/switch housing. One cable is 4 pins to provide power/ground/switch/LAC connections. Other cable is 2 pins for heat strip. No need to cut wires when you can just unplug.
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Old 06-03-2016, 08:06 PM   #18
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I bought the Zamp 120 watt folding panel with the weatherproof controller and storage case. There are less expensive panels out there, but this very convenient and no hassle using or storing. Can't remember the site I bought it from but prices change all the time.Just sniff around the net
Very quick search found this to be the best deal. Might do better with some more research. $544 Not Zamp though..........

http://www.amazon.com/Go-Power-GP-PS...words=zamp+120

These look cool too. $579

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Go-Power-100...wAAOSwT6pVyxeA

Best deal on the Zamp. $629

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zamp-Solar-P...VW9c~G&vxp=mtr
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I have to admit I went with the Cheapest ones I could find in China on ebay, and there light output is not that great.
I got 20 Chinese LEDs for $30. They are small, not all that bright and blue-ish. But they are fine for the toilet room, under counters and those swivel reading lights. Also for the storage bay. What you would expect for $1.50 each.

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Anyone have a good source for LED's?
cabinbright.com. I got warm white but very bright LEDs form these folks. Fast service and reasonable. prices. I ordered T10/921 wedge based 24 LED bulbs stock # T 10-24-32. They are same color as real bulbs (not everybody likes that) and seem just as bright. $8.95 each.

Seem to be a Mom and Pop outfit worthy of supporting.
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Very quick search found this to be the best deal. Might do better with some more research. $544 Not Zamp though..........

Amazon.com: Go Power! GP-PSK-120 120W Portable Folding Solar Kit with 10 Amp Solar Controller: Automotive

These look cool too. $579

Go Power 100 Watt Flexible Solar Charging Expansion Kit GP Flex 100E New | eBay

Best deal on the Zamp. $629

Zamp Solar Portable 120 Watt Zamp Solar with 10A Controller ZS 120 P | eBay
Those are way too pricey. Search Ebay and pick one up for $200.
Here is one example.
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