Let there be light

So the stilt house is done, It warms my heart that the first thing the girls wanted for it was a garbage can. And while we were at the store, they asked for a dustpan, too. I splurged and got them the set with a little whisk broom. We’ll see how often it gets used.

wpid-20141220_170240.jpgSince it’s just in time for the winter solstice, if we’re going to use this thing, it needs light. in fact, Eliza put a good lantern on her Christmas list. But seriously, we can do better. Especially since they have ropes of LEDs for $20 at Costco. I bought a set and a big-ass battery. I think this one mostly gets used for electric lawnmowers. 12V, 18 aH.

I tested the lights and they draw 1 amp at full brightness, and it drops with color, etc. Should get several days out of a charge. I’ll eventually get solar for it. I thought I had a little solar panel that could trickle charge it, but it got cracked in the move. I figure that a pretty small one should keep it up since they’ll probably only run the lights every few days.

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The effect is pretty damn cool.Though when the kids are in high school, I’m going to be a little worried that there really is a rave going on out there.

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