12v DC Trapeze Lighting for Not Much Cash

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Hello all here is my first Instructable,  'I hope its of some interest,'  this combines my desire to save cash and the opportunity I have had this year to build our family a house. When building our new house I decided to have all the lighting 12dc from source. to this end in the boiler room I have MPPT Solar controllers charging 12v 100AH old UPS batteries. I bought a boat 12v A/B switch and a 600W switch mode supply from China.  In this way I have a backup plan should my batteries die. All the wiring is as standard UK spec but I used Tri rated cable just to be sure.     I looked at a flying "trapeze " system and to buy it wholesale would be loosely £1100    I have build a comparable lighting system for under £100.  (excludes lamps although they are under £2 on Ebay.)   A good tip is to fix both ends and pull a guide string between then screw in the eyelets following the line.  The slightly tricky bit is soldering on the Croc clips.   other than that its very simple.      

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    pcline2

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like the house. Just a quick question, is there any insulation on the trapeze wires or are they live?

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    indalohousepcline2

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    the wires are bare galvanized electric fence wire, there is no danger as its 12v dc and low current, ist 1.2mm section 7 core I found electric fence wire to be the cheapest option

    here is a link to the public FB page that has the house build on

    feel free to browse around it, all local Oak and 99% of the work done by myself and my 2 teenage sons plus lots of help and support from my wonderful wife
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Old-Barns/344777572222918?ref=hl
    regards rob

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    indalohouse

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Oh I built the Green oak framed house myself for £1000 per Sq M if anyone is interested

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    indalohouse

    3 years ago on Introduction

    oh and the horrid green fly leads from the sockets have been replaced, the stainless steel blank plated have holes drilled in the middle and i used high wattage clear speaker cable to fly from the wall to the fence wire, i stripped out the metal connectors crom connector blocks to do the external joints, they ar ebrass and look good. I will try and get some photos of the details and post.

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    indalohouse

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Over a year in and we have yet to use any mains for lighting. I have upgraded the LED lamps to 4-5Watt units from 3W and they are much brighter and come in a number of white tints, still cheap off ebay but very good and still no impact to our storage capacity.