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by jimmy544  Yesterday

I am guessing that the ballasts are lossy and units not requiring them would use less power. I don't know that for sure but LEDs don't need a firing voltage just a current limiting resistor. I would guess that someone makes the LEDs needing ballast so that they will be plug and play. Incandescent lighting was 19th century. Flourescent was 20th century and LED is 21st century. must have been a defective pump. Your car did not have an oil pressure guage? That engine was pretty good as they go. Jim

by jimmy544  Yesterday

so what kind of lighting do you have in your house. I was unaware of tube Led light to replace the long fluorescent tube lamps. I guess that is what you are talking about. As an interesting bit of history I used to work in an old mill building on the Charles River in Watertown(within sight of the Tesla repair shop now) The mill building has housed many a business with the first known use of the site being a paper mill that burned in the 1760s and a factory for the first manufactured Flourescent Lamps in 1930. The plant and patents was sold to General Electric in 1939. There was an example of the device made there in a small museum. The tubes were smaller in diameter than recent manufacture but you would not mistake them for what they are.

by jimmy544  Yesterday

so what kind of lighting do you have in your house. I was unaware of tube Led light to replace the long fluorescent tube lamps. I guess that is what you are talking about. As an interesting bit of history I used to work in an old mill building on the Charles River in Watertown(within sight of the Tesla repair shop now) The mill building has housed many a business with the first known use of the site being a paper mill that burned in the 1760s and a factory for the first manufactured Flourescent Lamps in 1930. The plant and patents was sold to General Electric in 1939. There was an example of the device made there in a small museum. The tubes were smaller in diameter than recent manufacture but you would not mistake them for what they are.

by jimmy544  Yesterday

I am wondering if Tesla may have a weak front suspension. I have heard about broken steering knuckle. Front suspension may be a place for steel not aluminum. It makes you wonder when you see a Tesla on a truck what caused that? Not so much to go wrong and still there are dead ones.

by jimmy544  Yesterday

Gen2 Volt is huge improvement over Gen 1. Gen 2 with the new 4 cyl engine and the two new electric motors better weight ,better battery just amazing. I know what you mean about GM. Some of their stuff is good and some is just junk. Buick Le Sabres held up well. We go to the Midwest and in certain places Buick Le Sabres and Pontiacs and some Olsmobiles are all you see. What happened to your Chevy at 73K that necessitated a new engine?

by jimmy544  Apr 26, 2015

Saw some Led A19 60watt Equivalent soft whites at Home Despot for $5.97. 100Watt equivalent A19 for $ 8.97. I have seen 60 watt equivalent LED lights for as little as 4.97 recently

by jimmy544  Apr 26, 2015

Sorry I think my keyboard must be giving up the ghost it seems to be dropping letters. Here is the link again. blogs.motortrend.com/1504_dissecting_chevys_2nd_gen_moonshot_technologue.html It is truly amazing. It would take a lot of engineers a long time to do this..

by jimmy544  Apr 26, 2015

Just saw this in Motor Trend and it made the entire subscription worthwhile. the 2016 Volt is a major improvement on the 1st gen Volt in many ways. Chevrolet deserves much credit. I think that they have embraced the plug-in EV/hybrid as a business model and will use the developed tech in future cars. check this out blogs.motortren.com/1504_dissectin_chevys_2nd_gen_moonshot_technologue.html The article is even better on line that in the magazine. They have made huge strides for mass producing such vehicle. I think the bang for the buck rest with Chevy now.

by jimmy544  Apr 25, 2015

It looks like the Tesla does not depreciate much in the first two years. That may be an artifact of the ICE car. If the used ones all come with a 4 year 50k warranty that is pretty good. The other day I saw a Tesla on a flat bed heading into the Tesla repair shop in Watertown, MA. They have set up shop practically next door to the place I worked for about 6 years. Wonder what why they trucked it in. There was no apparent damage so it was some kind of malfunction. Again lots fewer things to go wrong. Got a 22.8 today pretty good as it was kind of cloudy.

by Jeff4U  Apr 25, 2015

Hi Joe; regarding your ballasts, check out this YouTube video. The guy talks more than necessary, but he does explain everything well about converting to LED tubes. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjpJNLT9xQc

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