This week was spent upgrading the lighting in the garage by replacing all the older type 8 foot fluorescent light fixtures with the newer T8 4 foot daylight type. Wow, what a difference. I also found a lot of stuff I didn’t know I had and it will make our videos better by having all the lights the same daylight setting.
I can now run all the lights (16) easily now on a couple of 15 amp breakers with no worries. It seems that one is supposed to save money by doing this but after working it out I think it will be 10 years further down the road before that happens. Assuming the hydro costs doesn’t go up.
I have also been considering getting “off the grid” by installing Wind Generators and Solar Panels. This would also require setting up battery banks and controllers in order to be successful. Again, the expense of it against the savings is debatable.
Anyway at least now I can see what I’m falling over. It was really worth the effort.
Next on my list is the hoist which is an old Hoffman from the 1980 period. When we moved to Niagara we could not afford to switch the garage to 600 volt, 3-phase hydro. (I stopped the hydro guy doing the estimate at $6,000 CAD). I stayed with 220 volts and geared down the motor. It has worked well enough over the years but has trouble lifting V-12 Jags and my Chevy pick up truck as well as dimming the lights in our house and possibly the neighbours. I definitely would like a new hydraulic/electric one rather than the all electric which the Hoffman is. So on that note we need to sell more videos to afford it!!!