Life at the end of the road

October 19, 2008

A typical October day

Filed under: daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:50 pm

Well when I say typical I mean seriously windy as judging by my diaries and failing memory October seems to be the month when we get the first serious weather. OK we get some bonny days as well but today was the day when the golden birch leaves became a yellow carpet on the road and garden. It was forecast right enough and even though I went out to feed the pigs later than usual they were all in their beds, even Rory and Ruby the two 8 week old Tamworth weaners who we usually hear from our bedroom at first light squealing to be fed! So after feeding all 23 of the grunters I set about fitting 4 spot lamps with some LED bulbs into the kitchen. Now this has been on the ‘to do’ list for several years, being ‘off grid’ means we keep an eye on electricity consumption more than most people ( well we do when it’s not windy 🙂 ) I’ve been meaning to get rid of the 85w fluorescent strip light above our cooker for years and never got around to it. Today however the wind and lashing rain meant indoor jobs only and as I was still not in the mood for doing the VAT return I thought I’d fit the spot lamps. The spot lamps came with 4 ‘GU10’ 50w halogen bulbs which went straight in the bin. These 50w halogen downlighters that are all the rage these days are the work of the devil and probably contribute more to global warming than all the 4x4s on the planet. The 12v ones are even worse than the 240v ones as you then have the transformer losses to take into account, I know people with 10 of these in their kitchens which is 500w every time you turn on the light! A couple of years ago I fitted a similar spot lamp rail in our bedroom with 4 x 1.5w LED bulbs, yes that’s a total of 6w as opposed to 200w and was very pleased with the result and decided to go down that route for the kitchen. This whole LED thing is quite complicated as regards ‘colour temperature’ but basically a yellowish light is warm and a whitish or blueish is cold http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250307374262&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=015

these are the ones I got for the bedroom and they’re great, they’re OK in the kitchen but I think I’ll try some of the whiter ones with more LEDs to compare them.

spot lamps

spot lamps

I know our kitchen looks like a Chinese laundry but that’s the west coast of Scotland in October, if you hang out your washing outside it will end up three or four fields away! Apart from fitting the spot lamps, lashing things down, checking the hydro turbine and cleaning my workshop not much else was achieved. ‘Jake’ from Campbeltown came to visit and gave me a hand to bring in the new freezer.

Miele GT316 ES

Miele GT316 ES

Which whilst being more than twice the size of our old A+ rated Hotpoint uses much less power and can freeze double the amount ( 30kg ) in 24 hours. And I’m sorry it was a dull post but it was a dull day, well apart from Jake’s visit!

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