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Old 05-13-2016, 10:25 AM   #11
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Hey, so i just want to run a party bus. Maybe some string lights, a tv, an few laptops, and some speakers. I'm new to this and wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction with electrical. I'd like to expand to solar eventually but for now I'd be okay with a basic one.
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:58 AM   #12
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i can run 1 but may be up to 5 total 60 watt eq. led (8 watts actual use) off of a 75 watt power inverter for auto computer charger (single 120 outlet) radio shack.
The most efficient way to use battery power is to install as many DC lights and appliances as possible and run them directly off the battery bank. An inverter uses 5 to 15% of battery power just to make the conversion to AC.

DC LED bulbs are much cheaper than AC LED bulbs. I replaced all my incandescent bulbs with LED for a couple of bucks each.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:02 AM   #13
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Thanks! Very helpful!
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