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I inherited an awesome orange&brown 70's "painting" of the bay bridge complete with christmas-bulb sized lights set through it from behind to illuminate the top of the bridge and one of the boats passing underneath. The cord for the lights extends about 12" below the painting--it appears it was designed to be put over a wall socket (who hangs paintings at ankle height?). No wall sockets on the side of apartment hallway where I want to hang this anyway, so I am contemplating making a battery pack to light it up in the evening. I need an electronics refresher--how can I determine what type/size of batteries would be necessary? What other considerations should I keep in mind? Will post a picture when I return home. Thanks in advance!

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westfw
westfw

14 years ago

If you want to run it on batteries, you'd be best off replacing the entire light set with a battery-operated set of similar size... putting together enough batteries to equal plug-in voltage/power is neither practical nor safe...

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gtj
gtj

Reply 14 years ago

Thanks Westft -- Any suggestions on where I should look for battery powered light sets? Apologies for my novice questions...

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 14 years ago

Christmas lights. Other than that, remember how long a flashlight works on a set of batteries.

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lemonie
lemonie

14 years ago

How many bulbs, how are they wired-up, are they powered directly from mains (110v) with no other components? Can you measure the bulbs' resistance? L

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gtj
gtj

Reply 14 years ago

Good questions, I'll have to check at home to be certain, but they appear to be in series, and plug in directly yes. My multimeter got left behind during my last move (it's at a friend's but has a blown fuse) so it will be tricky to measure resistance... Will ask around, I think my neighbor has one.