Cherokee Solar wrote:I assume there is no massive start up current draw on those AC compressors? Do they connect into a standard mains house circuit or do they require their own circuit?
Modern one (inverter driven) doesn't have the huge start up current that the old (non-inverter) units did. It basically just starts with a "normal" load electrically or very close to it.
In the case of grid power, it's fairly common to run a separate circuit for A/C (effectively a legal requirement in Tasmania for residential installations unless you don't want the 40% discount on power used, optional elsewhere) but in practice there's no technical reason why it couldn't simply be plugged in given the load. Obviously just plugging it in has some aesthetic issues compared to a hard wired install with no visible cables.
Smurf: How did your Christmas lights go this year?
Going nicely, chewing through the power and keeping people entertained. Only one mishap so far, wallaby ran into a stake and snapped it off at the base.
Will have to glue it back together for next year. Wallaby seems unharmed.
I've already got more for next year and more to order. The new stuff is generally LED and uses a ridiculously small amount of power compared to the old incandescents. Replaced a long rope light (30m) this year due to failure. Old one drew over 420W at 240V, new one 12W running via a small plug pack transformer and it's just as bright. That said, a box of 60W incandescent blue bulbs arrived just before Christmas.....
Side note that the possum which goes along the back fence likes the red ones. Not sure why, but he/she seems rather fond of them. Often see it sitting next to one of the lights, always a red one.