Compact Bi Pin GY6.35, dimmable globe with UV filter.
These bulbs are made to operate in 12.0 volts and not on typical battery voltage (about 12.6 Volts for a fully charged 12V battery). According to one authoritative source, life expectancy is decreased to 50% by 5% over voltage (eg: 0.6V on 12V) and by about 75% by 10% over voltage.
On a 'normal' solar system this is usually not too big a problem because with line losses, the operating voltage on load at night will probably be down to around 12.4 volts or less. On the other hand, if you turn on these lights during the day (when the solar panels are charging), or if you have a wind, hydro or generator back up at night, you could be subjecting the bulbs up to say 15.0 volts!
If you run your halogens off a relatively cheap/old transformer type converter from 240V, you can get over voltage if one bulb burns out or you use less wattage bulbs than specified by the transformer.
Replace any failed bulbs promptly!
We install solar systems in Northern NSW and Southern QLD.
QLD: Gold Coast (from Coolangatta to Southport), Nerang and Hinterland (Beaudesert) and out West (Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney)
NSW: Northern NSW (Tweed Heads to Yamba, including Evans Head, Byron Bay and Ballina); the Far North Coast Hinterland (Grafton via Lismore to Murwillumbah) and out West (Casino to Tenterfield, including Drake and Tabulam, as well as Woodenbong and Bonalbo)
For larger system we also go up to Brisbane or down to Coffs Harbour and even Glen Innes. Other places by arrangement.
We are Open for Business
Rainbow Power Company would like to assure our customers that we are trading (not quite as normal). System designers are working from home and can customise a quote for you (free of charge) over the phone and online. We are still dispatching and posting items, with safety precautions in place. You can still order online or over the phone, and pick up items from RPC (our show room is closed however, and appointments must be made to pick up orders). We are still doing site inspections, keeping the recommended social distancing.
This is the perfect time to start thinking about your power needs for the future, reducing your bills, and safeguarding against future power outages, so call today and get in before the oncoming solar rush. PH: 02 6689 1430 or send an enquiry ..stay safe and healthy, your RPC family