Shunted Lamp Holder
This week I finished up the electric in the butcher shop Admin which includes the hall, inspector’s office, bathroom and initial cutting room where we’ll be butchering and making sausage. All equipment is tested and in place.
The lamp holder above is a “shunted” holder. This is a fluorescent lamp holder. We’re using LED lamps that are replacements, lower power, aren’t glass, aren’t breakable and don’t contain mercury. Unfortunately the lamp holder is permanently shunted. What this means is the two pins are joined. The unfortunate part of that is some LED replacement bulbs have the power coming from both ends and will work with this but some like those from Toggled.com have the power coming on two pins both at the same end. I really like the Toggled bulbs, nicely made and well engineered, but this issue was a stumbling block.
Other lamp holders use a wire to do the shunting in which case I can just rewire them to work with either the Toggled or other dual end bulbs. Little details. I disassembled the lamp holder to see if I could hack it by cutting an internal conductor but there isn’t an elegant solution in this case. The simple answer is to replace the permanently shunted lamp holders with non-shunted ones. Worked fine.
Now that I’ve finished wiring up the initial part of the building we’ll be using I’ve moved onward out to the lower mech and laundry where I have installed and wired to power the remaining two breaker boxes. We now have light and power in the laundry so soon I’ll be able to install the washer and drier. One of the requirements for USDA inspection is that we provide laundry services for the inspector, as well as needing it for our own work cloths. Thus the laundry room.
After that comes wiring up the two hot water heaters. I already wired the ventilation system although I have not yet installed the actual ventilation fan. Ben just cleaned the Admin loft where we’ll soon be installing ducts and fans.
Outdoors: 20°F/-4°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/57°F
Daily Spark: Be nice or be bacon.