So, I finally started the hooking up of the solar system. The battery is hooked up to the panels and hopefully charging/charged. After reading about solar systems a quite a bit, I decided to put in a full 12 volt system into THO and use 12V LED lights and install only a single outlet for the inverter which I can use when I wish to charge my phone, computer, or run a small vacuum – whatever. I decided to go this way because then I do not waste energy on adapting to a different form unless it is in use. This, I decided on a long time ago but I found that finding LED lights was something that was nearly impossible to do. The on line companies that I looked at seem confusing and really meant more for cars than off grid situations.
Yesterday when I was putting the battery into the yacht battery box (to keep it dry) the lightbulb went off in my little head! Marine supply! Of course!
I promptly called the good people at Vandervoort Hardware in Kingston because they carry a good deal of marine supply and spoke to the man who runs this section. He said, yes, we have them. We carry lots of LED lightbulbs, and a couple of lights, basically you come in and order what you want and in three or four business days they arrive.
This morning I arrived at Vandervoort’s just as they opened and he pulled out the catalogue. Turns out that THE marine supply store in Canada is called Brewer’s, and they are located near one of my favourite cafe’s on Guise Street in Hamilton, Ontario. Oh the irony! This is just a few blocks from my house there. The guy said, you might as well go there because there you can touch them, look at them and also see the price tag. Gotta love a small business man who sends you somewhere else when they know you can do better there. He also said that there are three distinctive types of LED lights so I should be mindful when I select them because it will make installation easier. So, I guess I will take a trip to Hamilton next week! It will also give me the opportunity to look a the Dickenson marine stoves too and since I want to see my niece and nephew off to Germany, it works well.
Another option is, at least here in the states, Ikea. They sell a large selection of perminate bulb LCD fixtures. They ship them with little transformers to work on 120V AC, but can be wired directly for 12V with a bit of work.
Automotive style chargers are common for all small electronics such as phones and tables, and will work well directly powered by your battery.
Where are you and your Tiny House coming in from?
Also be sure you are getting DC bulbs. They are much different than just regular leds also—I have a dc system and love it but take time to orient to the dc .it is a little more time consuming,just like everything in a tiny home.