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Old 06-13-2012, 10:49 PM
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Demo lighting idea

I am trying to think of a better way to demo lights. I don,t want to buy a demo kit. The vista ones break alot, or are either out on loan. Has anyone tried to rig up a 9 volt battery to a light? It would be portable, faster, and easier. I tried it the other day and it would work with led but not with halogen. Then with led, the 9 volt was dim, but 18v was very bright. Any ideas out there?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:55 PM
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you could go to an alarm supply house and buy yourself one or two 12 volt emergency light / alarm back up batteries. These are usually 7 amp hour which will be plenty to supply a bunch of LED's for short periods. You will need to find a 12 volt charger for them... Years ago.. Nightscaping used to have a demo kit that came in a hard attache' case and it came with a 12 volt battery and they installed a fuse and some female banana plug jacks... made it easy to connect and disconnect.. your demo lights.

As for what fixtures to use... just use the ones you use for your jobs... a bullet.. a wash.. a mini wash,, small accent.. path light... maybe a deck light.. whatever you want
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:13 PM
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I have used kichler led fixtures with 9volt batteries
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:32 PM
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The Kichler LED spots light up nicely with a 9V. The Vista spots do not! Learned that while doing a quick demo.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:25 PM
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Do any of you guys rig up an on off switch and secure it to the lights? I was thinking this would be cheaper and easier than a demo kit.

Also why does it not work with halogen lights?
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:39 PM
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Also why does it not work with halogen lights?
Because halogen does not operate on DC power.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:58 PM
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Because halogen does not operate on DC power.
Maybe im loosing my mind but im pretty sure i have ran 2 35watt mr16fixtures over night off a 12volt truck battery
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:08 AM
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Because halogen does not operate on DC power.

Im not loosing my mind haha. What kind of bulb is in your cars headlight!!!!!"
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:56 PM
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do yourself a favor, get some led lights and a few 9v batteries. I have a small demo kit (im not going to do a full lighting system as a demo) consisting of 5 or 6 kichler LED accent lights. Go to radio shack and get some 9v battery connectors/leads. Use heat shrink butt connectors and connect them to the fixture wire. I leave them with one side of the battery connected in a small case like this http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...t?q=paded+case
break it out and you are set up in 2 minutes
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:03 PM
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What do you mean a compact 9v battery?? They are approx. 1"x1", thats not compact enough?
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