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szyhxc
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Re: Cool Runnings
szyhxc   11/5/2013 3:49:51 PM
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Good to know!  THX!

William K.
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William K.   11/4/2013 8:40:59 PM
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Actually I would only wish to cause some discomfort. Sort of a response delivering the message that they need to stop what they are doing. 

The logistics of using a mirror to return thier own dazzeling lights is quite complex and challenging.

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Re: Cool Runnings
Tool_maker   11/4/2013 12:34:42 PM
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@William K: I hope you are speaking as to what you would like to do and not as you would do. I would think that in those circumstances the last thing you would want is two blind drivers.

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Tool_maker   11/4/2013 12:34:03 PM
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@William K: I hope you are speaking as to what you would like to do and not as you would do. I would think that in those circumstances the last thing you would want is two blind drivers.

akili
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akili   11/4/2013 12:22:39 PM
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And beware of trying to use the old-style triac dimmers to supply anything with a conventional transformer.  At some settings of the dimmer knob you'll probably get a substantial DC component and end up taking out the fuse at best or frying something at worst!

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Re: Cool Runnings
Rob Spiegel   11/3/2013 7:05:50 PM
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Thanks for the info, Larry, I wonder if that kind of heat also creates a fire danger.

William K.
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Re: Cool Runnings
William K.   11/1/2013 9:32:08 PM
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I recently saw an ad for an LED landing light, and I think that it was rated for quite a few thousand hours, which certainly beats the 200 hours, or less, from a regular landing light. And if those lights only went for $200 I would rush out and buy a pair for my car. AT LAST, a way to deal with those jerks and the HID lamps that blind and dazzel. Let them know what real eye pain is. I am aware that the technical apologists claim that that dazzeling blinding beam is not bothering us, but I find otherwise.

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Jim_E   11/1/2013 4:57:20 PM
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We recently purchased a third-hand loft bed for my son.  It came with a mounted traditional incandescent desk light, equipped with one of those odd, long and tubular bulbs (burnt out). 

I went to eBay, and for under ten dollars shipped, bought a self-adhesive, warm-white LED light strip and 12V wall-wart.   It's quite nice and I was able to just stick the light up on the underneath of the loft where it's hidden from view but provides nice light onto the desk. 

This week my wife mentioned about wanted it dimmable, so I just ordered a small mini-dimmer and multi-mode controller for it from eBay for under two dollars shipped.  I have no idea how this stuff can be sold so cheaply and still work!

Larry M
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Larry M   11/1/2013 4:24:45 PM
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You can make them work, but it's hard. There have been articles in the magazines (including yours, I think) on doing it. And it leaves a lot of vulnerable electronics to cook at the base of the lamp.

Base-up in a small enclosure open only at the bottom is the worst case--like the fixture on typical ceiling fans. I measured the temperature at the base of the lamp  with an IR thermometer after only 30 seconds of operation: it was already up to 155 degrees F. Temperatures that hot will quickly bake an electrolytic capacitor to failure.

Larry M
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Larry M   11/1/2013 4:21:10 PM
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Well, yeah, the Cessna alternator is the same alternator used on the Ford Pinto at 20x the price. So I would expect the same for the lamps.

If I were still flying, I would be tempted to put an Experimental label on the aircraft and use the non-blessed parts.

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