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Old 07-31-2023, 06:37 PM   #21
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Yup, that's the other way of doing it, as the voltage needs to be dropped, anyway.
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Old 07-31-2023, 06:38 PM   #22
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indeed, many/most 12V auto-style LED bulbs are polarity independent, which they do by having a 'full wave bridge diode' in front of the actual LED elements.
Thanks, John. I'm new to LED so I'm learning as I go.

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Old 07-31-2023, 06:50 PM   #23
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When I came to BC, back in '68 (to work for BCTel) I wanted Victoria or Vancouver, but took Prince George as a start point. Moved to Kamloops in '81, then Kelowna in '86.. In about '90, they talked about moving my job to Vancouver. I said 'No thanks, I'm high enough in seniority that there will be a lot of people move before me, even if I have to sweep floors'. I retired in '96.
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Over 30 years retired! You're having a good run, lol! I'm pushing 74 and retired in 2015 as a welder. Spent most of my adult working life at oil refineries, coal-fired power plants and pulp/paper mills all over the West and Ontario. Never worked in BC though.
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Old 07-31-2023, 07:11 PM   #25
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My son got his 'B Pressure Ticket' while in Rainbow, got in row with boss over damage to truck getting to work site, moved to Nisku, then work dried up. He came to Kelowna for a while, then on to Vancouver in heavy industry (pulp machinery, etc.) Then he got fancy: exotic metals specialist, aerospace qualified, rebuilding jet engine parts for helicopters and misc parts for 'Skimmers', Scoopers', working in Abbotsford. Only guy I know can 'tig' two empty beer cans , butt to butt, and not 'hole' them.
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Over 30 years retired! You're having a good run, lol! I'm pushing 74 and retired in 2015 as a welder. Spent most of my adult working life at oil refineries, coal-fired power plants and pulp/paper mills all over the West and Ontario. Never worked in BC though.

Oops! Got my math wrong! 27 years retired! Impressive.
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My son got his 'B Pressure Ticket' while in Rainbow, got in row with boss over damage to truck getting to work site, moved to Nisku, then work dried up. He came to Kelowna for a while, then on to Vancouver in heavy industry (pulp machinery, etc.) Then he got fancy: exotic metals specialist, aerospace qualified, rebuilding jet engine parts for helicopters and misc parts for 'Skimmers', Scoopers', working in Abbotsford. Only guy I know can 'tig' two empty beer cans , butt to butt, and not 'hole' them.

That's definitely skilled work!
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another thing about LED lights... the good ones are regulated, and often specify 'input voltage 9-18v' or some such wide range. the cheap ones just use a resistor in series as a current limiter, and will have a much more limited voltage range, and also flicker during normal voltage variations.
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Hi, John. Thanks for that info.
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