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tydaug
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This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby tydaug » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:41 am

My "garage" as I'm calling it-- has no power. I need to get some light in there.

I have a car battery sitting around and a light fixture and switch. Can I put a 12 volt dc bulb and circuit it up to the battery?? will it burn my barn down or what? Fuses?

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clem
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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby clem » Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:31 pm

Try it, see if the wires get hot, if not go for it,(I except no responsibility for this). I would think you would drain your battery fairly quickly. :redneck:
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tekatlarge
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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby tekatlarge » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:34 pm

If you have a little cash I would recommend you look around and maybe on
Craigslist for a small gas generator. I found a 1500 watt generator for 100 bucks for a friend and then all ya got to do is get out the extension cord.

Of course there is the matter of the 100 bucks, if ya ain't got the funds then run back 10 yrds and punt. Actually what Clem said is the simplest.

Take a tail lamp bulb and socket and hook it to your battery. with a good battery you should get several hours of light. Do NOT use a HID bulb or a headlight or something real bright it will draw a lot of current making you battery go flat quickly and possibly heating wires.. Also remember the longer the wire to your bulb is the more of a chance to overheat your wire.

Have fun.
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clem
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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby clem » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:15 pm

A small generator will give you service for years for the cost of a new battery or batteries. Lets face it a battery is a consumable item whereas a generator is a investment and you can still start your rig after you fix it. :D
'87 bII d44,9",np435/205and a 302 ( on hold)
'73 vw bug
'70 vw camper van
'98 jeep tj
2010 ranger
'56 international s110

303lithgow
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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby 303lithgow » Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:03 pm

Buy a candle. Except if you are working on your gas tank!
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dtrevillian83
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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby dtrevillian83 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:53 pm

Or if you want to go "Green" you can pick up a solar power kit from harbor freight. They're around $200 if you can pick one up on a sale and they're relatively easy to install. You can also use that battery as a cell to increase your energy storage cap.

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Re: This has nothing to do with Bronco II

Postby dgl6y6 » Thu May 02, 2013 10:13 am

hooking up a 120 bulb to a 12v battery wont set any fires. it has a much higher resistance than a 12v bulb so less current goes through. It probably wont make much light if any though


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