Let There Be LIGHT!

After the move to Wisconsin, one of the first tasks to take on was to finish the electrical system by installing light fixtures… AKA the FUN PART of electrical!

Check out my earlier post “A Quest for Power” for details on the basics of the Tiny House’s electrical system and a diagram of the circuits that we’d installed while still in Michigan.

Dad and I spent an afternoon shopping for low-profile light fixtures for the indoor ceiling lights, a chandelier for the “Great Room” and an outdoor porch light. We found some great LED lights – apparently these have phased out traditional incandescent or even CFL fixtures, and for good reason! LEDs are longer lasting, don’t really emit waste heat, work immediately unlike CFLs and also use less power to operate. They also do not have any of the toxicity issues of CFLs, which contain mercury and become very hazardous to people and the environment if they break.

Check out this chart for some really good info comparing incandescents, CFLs and LEDs. And this article. And this one.

Like many parts of this project, we had to take a step back before going forward. I had bought the wrong electrical inlet box for the house, instead purchasing an “outlet” box (like the ones at a campground that you’d plug your RV into). After ordering a new “inlet” box and an adapter for my power cord, we were good to go!

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Dad hooked up the wiring to the new electrical inlet
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This short adapter cord changed my three-prong “standard” plug to a “twist-lock” to fit the new electrical inlet box.
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Another adapter at the other end of the cord enables my Tiny House to be plugged in to a standard 110-volt outlet. 
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Plugged in!

The new lights look totally awesome – I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

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Kitchen lights – these are each operated by their own switch. 
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How the kitchen lights look from outside
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Dad installing the porch light
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Breakfast nook and porch lights 🙂
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Porch light – and I even found a string of Christmas lights to put up! 🙂
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Porch light close-up. . . so cute!

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Lights on!
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I love the chandelier with vintage-looking Edison bulbs! Mom loves the heater 🙂
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The chandelier! It’s on a dimmer switch so I’ll have lots of control over the light level.
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Chandelier close-up. I really like the clean modern lines in combination with the long-filament Edison bulbs.
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Dad grinding off some screw ends inside to finish the porch light setup

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Having lights, and the ability to plug in power tools anywhere in the house, has been so convenient as we keep working to finish the inside! It’s looking more and more like home every day!

 

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