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Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 06:39 PM
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Posted By ERD50
On the LED compatible dimmers I have, there is an...

On the LED compatible dimmers I have, there is an adjustment underneath the switch plate that sets how low they go. The instructions say to set this lower and lower while turning the light on and...
Forum: Life after FIRE Today, 03:32 PM
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Posted By ERD50
That used to be the case, until recently, for the...

That used to be the case, until recently, for the trade shows in Chicago:

Chicago Trade Show Union Rules - Absolute I&D (http://www.absoluteiandd.com/union-rules/chicago-trade-show-union-rules/)
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Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 12:01 PM
Replies: 118
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Posted By ERD50
The older night lights are 7 watts (or maybe a...

The older night lights are 7 watts (or maybe a C-7 Christmas bulb?) - that might be enough of a resistive load to let it turn off properly if 4 W got close.

But by the time you go to a 25 watt...
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 11:09 AM
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Posted By ERD50
I am looking forward to a full tear down,...

I am looking forward to a full tear down, analysis, and maybe even a fix! :laugh:

-ERD50
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 11:08 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
Some dimmers seem to work well with some LEDs....

Some dimmers seem to work well with some LEDs. I'm glad yours work for you, can you post the model #'s of each?

From my experience, and many reviews, it really seems to be hit-miss to get a combo...
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 11:02 AM
Replies: 118
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Posted By ERD50
Maybe after lunch, I'll get my Kill-a-watt meter...

Maybe after lunch, I'll get my Kill-a-watt meter out and actually try this out, to see just how big the effect is. Hmmm, I could try an LED as well. I suspect the driver in the LED will have a 'sweet...
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 10:55 AM
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Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
No, dimmers will generally save energy. As I...

No, dimmers will generally save energy. As I mentioned, they are fast "on/off" switches. If you think of it in slooooooowwwwww mooooootioooon, a dimmer that is set at 50%, it would be like comparing...
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 09:31 AM
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Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
Thanks - I edited my post to just make it generic...

Thanks - I edited my post to just make it generic info for those interested.

-ERD50
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 07:51 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
A little background on dimmer issues: All...

A little background on dimmer issues:

All modern dimmers "chop" the waveform - they act like a fast, synchronized (120 times per second) on/off switch. This technique lowers the average voltage. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money Today, 06:51 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
I had problems with the dim-able LEDs I bought,...

I had problems with the dim-able LEDs I bought, and I had a CFL/LED rated dimmer. They sort of randomly changed brightness (flicker, but not consistent).

My 'solution' was to have one incandescent...
Forum: FIRE and Money Yesterday, 07:15 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,861
Posted By ERD50
If the LEDs themselves are mounted in such a way...

If the LEDs themselves are mounted in such a way that they don't get exposed to the heat of the controller circuitry, and they can dissipate their own heat OK, they should last a very, very long...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
You should have left it as "(environmental...

You should have left it as "(environmental impact) doesn't concern me much". :laugh:

But then you throw in a source that says EVs are better. Might make a guy feel like he needs to respond to...
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 06:35 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
The idea that anyone is picking on him, or don't...

The idea that anyone is picking on him, or don't like that he is enjoying the car seems totally manufactured to me. I have no idea why anyone would think that way? It just strikes me as a straw man...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement Yesterday, 12:54 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,167
Posted By ERD50
If you are low 30's, is 'rising' so bad? How much...

If you are low 30's, is 'rising' so bad? How much did it rise? At what point is it a problem? More importantly, at what point is it a big enough problem to give up bacon??!!

-ERD50
Forum: Other topics Yesterday, 12:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
Interesting, thanks for doing the math. That's...

Interesting, thanks for doing the math. That's actually a lot better MPG than I would have guessed given the thermodynamics of that small IC engine (lots of surface area and loss of heat per unit of...
Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 08:30 AM
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Views: 89,422
Posted By ERD50
I don't get the connection between 'leaching' and...

I don't get the connection between 'leaching' and calling about a problem before calling a repair service?

My kids are not leaches, but they will ask my advice on any repair.

-ERD50
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
I did. It seems you either have a reading...

I did.

It seems you either have a reading comprehension problem, or just have some sort of bias about this.

I won't bother with any further attempts at communication with you regarding this,...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2016, 12:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
What does "advice" have to do with anything? ...

What does "advice" have to do with anything?

A positive " I'm glad you are enjoying your new ride ", and then some questions about why he thinks running low on charge is 'fun'. No "advice" given,...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
No, it's not like comparing to a model T at all....

No, it's not like comparing to a model T at all. It's not true and it's an insult to any EV owner!

Electric motors and controllers are a mature technology, and there isn't any big opportunity for...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2016, 09:56 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
But those "negative comments" (some were just...

But those "negative comments" (some were just questions) were directed mostly at the comment about the 'fun' of running low on charge. I still don't think anyone was questioning or challenging his...
Forum: Other topics 07-24-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
I'm not sure what the term is for a post like...

I'm not sure what the term is for a post like this. It's fairly common to see, the poster says something to make the other posts sound negative, when there is no evidence of that. Here's what people...
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2016, 08:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,325
Posted By ERD50
I'm glad you are enjoying your new ride, but...

I'm glad you are enjoying your new ride, but you're going to have to explain to me...

The most fun is driving beyond your range--needing to get a charge if you want to make it home.

what makes...
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,768
Posted By ERD50
I don't think anyone in this thread said or...

I don't think anyone in this thread said or thinks it was OK for the kid to be sitting in the car when he should have been working.



It's not an excuse - it's an explanation.



That's...
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2016, 12:27 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,768
Posted By ERD50
Rather ironic, no? Some of us are willing to...

Rather ironic, no?

Some of us are willing to cut the kid some slack - he's a teenage boy, inexperienced in the workforce. Yes, it sounds like what he did was wrong, but he likely just needs some...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-23-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 307
Views: 21,659
Posted By ERD50
Beautiful! You aren't actually going to cut...

Beautiful! You aren't actually going to cut things on those are you? If I were capable of such nice work, I'd have to reserve those for serving cheese slices, bread and crackers and such. I'd hate to...
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