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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Is that sunshine I see?

Only got down to 45 degs last night, but I were still cold sit'n there on the couch till 11:30 pm read'n shoot 'em up cowboy books. Took a lot of research to get things right, people and places, to write a western book. An amazing thing to do without the internet.

This morn'n I got my first taste of sunshine in probly over a week. Boy howdy, talk bout make a guy wanna jump up an' down an' shout. "Don't git too excitis Billy Bob, the weather forecast thingy has changed again". From the looks of things, start'n tomorrow, it's gonna rain....and no sunshine. That sucks.

I'm pretty much concluded that any problems I have with my solar system is self inflicted. I'm talk'n bout all the tak'n stuff apart, twist'n an'wiggl'n wires, beat'n on stuff...you know what I'm talk'n bout...all men do it. I read somewheres yesterday that if'n ya sit around sip'n too many cups of coffee an' think'n too much, problems are gonna arise that ain't there. In my case, that happens quite often. Although, you might find a little something that ain't right an' needs a quick fix.

Now that brings up just one more thing to think bout if'n you gonna boondock. Light bubs. If'n you're anything like the old Billy Bob, ya got lights turn on where ya ain't at. Like in the bathroom an' you are on the couch. Now each one of them bubs uses a bunch of sun produced electricity......something like 2.5 amps. With just 2 them suckers turn on we talk'n 5 amp hours for every hour they on. But.....if'n ya ain't got the correct bub in a light fixture, it gonna draw too much amps an' possibly melt your light fixture. I knows what I'm talk'n bout here.

I been buy'n regular ol' automotive single element light bubs 'cause they cheap ( 1156's 27 watt) to replace them what burn out. "Too much watts Billy Bob.....ya gotta git the right kind". The reason I says that.....I reach up to turn off the light I use every night for read'n.....bout 6 hours. The fixture were hot. Not warm, but hot. Is that why my batteries ain't hold'n up??? I'm think'n it may be time for me to buy me up some them LED light bubs.....what ya think?

Get'n close to a Walmart run. Bout 70 mile round trip to Rio Grande City. Big ol' Walmart there. With the sun shin'n an' all, I'm think'n today would be a perfect day. Not that I need anything special. Just a ride ya know.

I throwed some bread out in the yard for the birds. Sadie Mae went outside an' ate it all. She one the most selfish dogs I ever did see.....damn.


Rats, mice.....??? No, Sadie Mae. Have ya ever see a dog what shell an' eat peanuts?. An' this ain't the first time. She do the same thing to pecans. Shell 'em, eat 'em up an' leave the mess for her daddy to clean up. Damn fool dog.

Update: After a bit of Google research, I stand corrected.
A 1156 light bub draws. 2.1 amps @ 26.9 watts.
A 1141 light bub draws 1.44 amps @ Oh crap what was it....18.4 watts.
A 1003 light bub draws .938 amps @ 12 watts

16 comments:

  1. Please research the LED bulbs. My conclusion is they give very little for the cost of them. Not for me.

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    1. I did that Barney....research a "little" that is. They 1/10th the power for the same brightness. And...they even come in a color other than that bright white, what I don't like a bit.

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    2. Here at Quartzsite: $100 for a dozzen. Yellow. Not cheap, but worth it to have battery power.

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  2. Why do you need light bulbs? Don't you lite up a room when you enter it?

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    1. Only works in the day time Dizzy.....

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  3. Research the LED's before jumping in. From what I'm reading, the right one is wonderful. The wrong one is horrible and a big waste of money. Color temperature, angle of light (wide or narrow beam...), etc. However, once you zero in on it, it lights up with almost no energy and lasts forever. From what I read.

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  4. How many of them there "amps or watts" do a candle use or a coal oil lamp ?

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    1. I gots me a high dollar coal oil lamp, but that sucker stink. Hard to read by too.

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  5. Here you go BB get a bunch of cheap candle's in some type of wall mount and you get light and a little heat...

    http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii554/iocona/AAAA0061.jpg

    Don't know if this will work but look a like it is to live abroad a 47' in winter up here.

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    1. Had me one them candle lights with the reflecter what ya hand on the wall. Called it a "sex" lamp. Wimmins loved it.

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  6. Fixin things has to be a male preoccupation. I can sit around all day long looking at things that need to be fixed, but let them alone until a man comes along. These days I'm waiting longer and longer to get things fixed!

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    1. That's 0ne of 3 things we do in life Dianne...Fix stuff, Fish, and complain..

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  7. You might want to consider the difference between lumens and brightness in your research.

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  8. I've read the ones from China are very faulty. I have several that have lasted five years and more BUT have fear of one breaking again. They do contain Mercury; one broke; no wonder I was sick. There is no place on earth safe to dispose of the bulbs either. Don't think they've saved a penny on my electric cost. Never will I invest for another again. Be sure to check their origin and if one should break - hold your breath and get outside! Pronto.

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  9. Great information Sissy but you are talking about CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs). Billy Bob and everyone else is talking about LED bulbs (Light-emitting Diode Bulbs) which contain NO mercury.

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