My friend is an electrician, so he gets me hotel stuff in Vegas that they are throwing away. He got me an outdoors transformer metal halide bulb light. He says that the way this thing works is that it bounces the light around INSIDE the container so that when it comes out, it gives a light with less shadows. I cleaned it up and fired it up this afternoon, and it works. I am going to go out tonight and fire it up again, and see how it looks illuminating the area that I want illuminated.
What is a good light to illuminate a night work area so that it isn't landing lights bright, and so that there aren't huge shadows? The area is16' x 40' AND we have a DARK SKY ORDINANCE. The afforesaid official on the town's law states that a light may not be placed so that it is visible by any other house after a distance of x feet, and it has to point down, or have a shade on it that does not let the light radiate outward, but only downward. I must admit that looking at our little burg of 900 people after dark, there is adequate light for navigation, yards, and it doesn't look really bright.
Except for when they play baseball in the park, and then you can read without your lights on inside your house anywhere in town. But they usually cut them off at eleven PM. I can get away with a little more, as I am the furtherest west, and by pointing my lights west, no one in town can see them. I have a huge canyon next to my house, and I am going to see if my friend can get me a few more of these, and see what it looks like lit up at night.
But I digress. How about metal halide lights? I do have a new in box sodium light that will probably also get put up, but I find them bright. When I fired this up today, it took it a while to get bright, but the light was of a different wavelength, or something and just looked different.
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