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Demo lighting idea

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by muddywater, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 751

    Im not loosing my mind haha. What kind of bulb is in your cars headlight!!!!!"
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  2. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,813

    I have been doing demos for the past 2 nights and have one more tonight. I borrowed the vista lighting kit from jdl and it is a pain in the rear. I really don't have enough of those quick connect wires.

    I have 6 led lights and I am going to try that tonight as well as a few from the jdl kit.

    I think this 9v led may be the way to go with demo. More time to sell the customer and less time setting up and taking down. And possibly get home at 9 instead of 10.

    Last night I was thinking about taking a picture of the house I was demo lighting and adding it to my portfolio even if they didn't do it! Good way to build a portfolio fast!
  3. Zohan

    Zohan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    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/catalogsearch/result?q=paded+case
    break it out and you are set up in 2 minutes
  4. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,813

    I bought 9 v batt pigtails at radio shack, and zip tied the battery to the stake and wire nutted leads to pigtail. Just unplug the pigtail when your done. I wish there was a compact 12 v battery, that would be perfect!
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  5. Zohan

    Zohan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    What do you mean a compact 9v battery?? They are approx. 1"x1", thats not compact enough?
  6. LLC RI

    LLC RI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    He said smaller 12 volt battery... not 9 volt. The 9 volt works, but 12 would be better.

    As an option, you could get the alarm batteries which are 12 volt.. and rechargable and although not as small as a 9 volt, one battery could power up more than a few LED's.

    Another option would be to get an AA battery holder and put 8 x AA batteries in it to make your own 12 volt packs.
  7. Zohan

    Zohan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    lol.....my bad...
    but, i dont see why you would need any more than the 9volt...its very small, unless the 12 volt will give a much longer run time?
    I wouldnt leave then in overnight anyway, just give the client a little taste....
  8. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    12 volt drill batteries, 12 volt ATV batteries, AA and button sized batteries.

    The watch batteries could be stacked on top each other and wrapped nicely with electrical tape. AA's can be put in cases as said above. Drill batteries are a nice size but kind of odd shop. ATV batteries are bigger, but will last alot longer. Just got to be creative.
  9. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,813

    I "think" the leds are a little dim w 9 volts. I could be hallucinating though. I was comparing a volt led to a vista 20w bullet, but could have just been a difference in the manufacturers and halogen and led.

    Not concerned w run time. Prob only have them on for an hour
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  10. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,813

    Ok i gotcha. I think aa are only a few volts so it would take a few casings. 9 volt is prob best i can do for mobility
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