Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rain day

Three inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Things are slow around the ranch today.

Mrs ERJ gave me the assignment to get a camper moved from a friend's yard to the end of our driveway.  Southern Belle and Handsome Hombre will be visiting from Miami over Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Moving the camper out of the friend's yard will have to wait until the ground firms up.

The other thing I did is I direct wired some 4' shop lights to bypass the ballast to make them more compatible with LED lights.  It turns out that I have many vintages of fluorescent light fixtures around the place.  Some are a snap to convert.  Others are a pain, primarily due to having no extra length-of-wire to work with.

"Economy" Halophosphor fluorescent tubes should be replaced every 10,000 hours of operation.  That is a very rough number because more "starts" and cold temperature "starts" reduce the life expectancy.  Another consideration is color shift.  Looking for stains in the laundry room or trying to sell merchandise?  Then you want great color rendition...that suggests even shorter replacement intervals.
Mrs ERJ is happy with the new LEDs.  What is not to like about twice the light (as the old fluorescent tubes), crisp 5000K light and lower cost to operate?

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