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Member Since: December 8, 2010

Country: United States

  • Did I forget how to count, or did Sarah say 12 buttons when there are 16 on the box?

  • The wattage given is not a lie. The current given is not a lie either. But, the current times the voltage gives you the Apparent Power, while Watts is the Real portion of that power. They don't mention the reactive power and therefore the power factor (essentially how efficiently power is used). Check this out if it's unfamiliar to you Or Google "Power Triangle"

  • Here's a lowdown on the power use of some of the bulbs.

    *The cheap Philips bulb

    120V 0.11A 6.9W 13.8VA 0.5PF

    *One of Philips first LEDs

    120V 0.14A 12.4W 17.1VA 0.72PF

    *Cree LED

    120V 0.08A 8.7W 10VA 0.86PF

    *Philips L-Prize

    120V 0.09A 8.5W 11.9VA 0.71PF

    *Philips SlimStyle

    120V 0.10A 10.4W 12.5VA 0.83PF

    *Eco Smart 40 think it's this one

    120V 0.06A 6.7W 7.9VA 0.85PF

    *Philips WarmGlow BR30

    120V 0.09A 9.0W 11.1VA 0.81PF

    *Handy CFL I had

    120V 2.0A 11.7W 24.0VA 0.48PF

    Thought I had a couple more laying around but I must have put them in my sister's and mother's house.

    PF is power factor, looks like the CFL and the Philips cheapo are the worst at this. My meter doesn't say whether it's inductive or reactive, so take your guess.

    Also a note, the Cree bulb and the Philips SlimStyle listed above are a couple I could use in my garage door opener. Some others would allow me to open the door, but I had to wait for the light to shut off to close. So to much RF noise with the others I had.

  • Has Sparkfun had commissioning done one their building? Specifically, electrical system commissioning? The way the demand is calculated you can be paying thousands of dollars in what is essentially a "fine" if most of your equipment turns on at the same time say 7 am. If you can adjust the schedule of some equipment, (pumps, fans, motors, etc) in 15 minute increments (I'd stretch that a bit though) you can take a huge dent out of your demand payments. It's the peaks that are what costs so much. Will you be saving energy, typically No, unless you adjust personnel time also. Will you be saving money, yes. Send me a message if you'd like to chat more about this, the company I work for does energy analysis for issues like this.

  • Feel like your model plan is inadequate and you just can't get it up anymore? Stop over at Sparkfun.com, we'll help you build something amazing.

  • We have additional engineers if anyone needs a "stable" platform to solder on.

  • Due to increase in sales volume, we'll all be working over time and taking turns sharing this bed with the Sparkfun Dog.

  • I'll just fix this for you.

    But I could buy 100 hot plates at $30 a piece before coming close to the price and performance of a traditional reflow oven.

  • I'm sure they worked to send out your order as soon as possible. Sparkfun started more as a hobby in a basement in 2003 and slowly grew to having (I'm guessing) 150+ employees since then. They are not a huge company like Amazon with over $60 billion in annual sales, over 100,000 employees, shipping warehouses in every other state and robots to grab products off of shelves to drop them onto convey belts to ship the same day. They are, in all orders, a small business. They don't have to run sales, free shipping, or give out coupons, (let alone the much missed Free Days). If you felt they were to slow at processing your order, they would likely be very glad for you to give them a hand next year on the days following Cyber Monday (if they wish to participate) or any other "promotional day. They might even give you some free swag for helping out, no shipping required.

  • +1 for Normal Stock, other sizes would also be nice.

No public wish lists :(