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    Some Sparky Work

    A friend of mine, Neil, rented the small 1st floor retail space in our building, he opened an English school. He had some renovations done to the place to spruce it up, new wallpaper and some nice art hanging on the walls, looks good. He also spent some money on some signage. The guy who rented the space before who ran away home last year after the earthquake never did this, I told him he should but he was too cheap. When Neil had the signage done, they gave him a quote for the lights Holy cow, they wanted a lot of money for some simple lights, over $1500


    Well I can help you with that, I said, and I did.



    This is the area the lights are going, to the left is the front of the school, and the shutter. I bought two halogen work-light/floodlights, that I'll mount on the wall, we'll put a timer and a light sensor on them. The plug there is on his panel, so that works out great!







    I know that compared to the US or Canada this is most likely not up to code, but it is fine here, we have an electrician in our area that I get along with very well, I always have him check my work, he ALWAYS tells me I over do it.



    Here is the final product!


    Neil is happy, and it only cost him about $100. If the other company had said even $500 for the electrical he would have done that, but $1500, you have to be kidding me! The flood lights they wanted to use cost $500 each, and the labour was kind of steep, they said four hours, holy cow, it took me only about an hour, very simple job.


    There is another sign on the front of the building that I'm also going to put lights on, you can't see it in the dark of the last pic, but it's there, those lights are on order, special outdoor fluorescent units, they cost a little more, about $90 each, but they just have to be wired into the box, the timer and sensor are all set.


    Just thought I'd show you some of the stuff that is slowing down my Humidor work....


    Cheers!
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    That looks great, lights it up really well!
    Darren

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    Nice job, Stu. It looks like it was done by a pro.
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    Nice job, Stu. What's the voltage and hertz in your area. If I remember, Japan has a mixture of either voltage (120 and 240) or hertz (50 or 60).

    Mike
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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Henderson View Post
    Nice job, Stu. What's the voltage and hertz in your area. If I remember, Japan has a mixture of either voltage (120 and 240) or hertz (50 or 60).

    Mike
    Mike we run 100/200V 50 hertz in Tokyo, from Osaka South they run 100/200V 60 hertz.
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