This evening Xiphos and I worked on a new lighting fixture I picked up several weeks ago. It is a 12-arm pendant light and I thought it would look cool to set it up with colored LED filament bulbs. The fixture was just parts and required a fair bit of assembly including somehow connecting 12 wired together. I ended up soldering them but I don't know what the manufacturer had in mind. Afterward we placed the fixture on our truss system in the living room and arranged the bulbs. These particular LED bulbs are not dimmable and flicker if used with a standard dimmer switch
. However, I have an autotransformer
which can be used to lower the line voltage (dimmer switches turn off during part of the AC cycle to lower total power). This does allow the bulbs to dim and around 75% (90 VAC) the setup is not overly bright and looks great.
My 4th day in a row cycling to work and my legs hate me. On Tuesday I was traveling an average of 14.18 MPH, then Wednesday 13.62, Thursday 13.00, and my ride home this afternoon 11.30 MPH. That is a 20% drop in performance due to fatigue. However, I have racked up 2,996.7 miles for the year and despite how tired my legs are I think I need to ride 4 miles tomorrow. September is already a new record for millage at 488.5 miles so far surpassing my previous record of 471.4 miles last month. I think that means I have been earning my fatigue.