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Old 02-22-2005, 08:53 PM
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What size generator do I need to run my lights?
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:08 PM
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i'm not sure how many or how big (watts) your lights will be
i have 8- 500w lights four across the front and two on each side

plus two 750w lights on a telescopic pole in the back. and

i run a battery charger at the same time all with a 5000w genny.

if you add up total number of lights and watts it wil tell you what

size genny to use (i.e. 4-500w lights=2000w, you'll need at least

2000w continous genny). good luck, BSFS
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:09 PM
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What size lights do you have?

Generally, you don't want to run your generator at more than 85% load for a long period of time. (it's tough on the generator)

If you run 500 watt halogens with regular bulbs, then it's easy to use up the available wattage on your average generator. I have four 500 watt halogens on my boat and I'm running a 3000 watt honda.

You could go with 300 watt halogens and put more lights on a generator that way.

There is also a bulb you can buy that fits in the 500 watt housing and throws out nearly the same light.. but only draws 250 watts or so. You could run three of those bulbs off a 1000 watt generator and still have a lot of light.

I have to look around and find out what those bulbs are called. (I have to order some myself)

One other option is the new fluorescent worklights that look like the halogen work lights but only draw around 65 watts. They aren't as bright as the 300 watt halogens, but they do throw out a good amount of light. .... and at 65 watts per light, you could run them off battery power and not even need a generator.

I hope this helps!

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Old 02-22-2005, 09:14 PM
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Thanks for you guys advise! I have a honda whisper quite 1000 watt generator. Looks like I will need a little bigger one to get the job done right.
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Old 02-23-2005, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for you guys advise! I have a honda whisper quite 1000 watt generator. Looks like I will need a little bigger one to get the job done right.
It depends on what lights you run. Most likely 500watt halogens. So you could run 2 with that generator and it probably wouldn't run very smooth, becuase it is maxed.

Right now I run 7 500 watt halogens. THis season probably 9. That is 4500 watts. Yeah we are a beacon of light[8D]

Once you start putting on lights, it seems like you can't get enough
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:51 PM
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Here are those replacement bulbs I mentioned earlier. This bulb throws out 10K lumens but only draws 350watts. You could run two of these bulbs off of a 1000watt genny quite nicely. (but you will eventually want a bigger generator because like Techy says..."you can't get enough")

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My boat with 4 500 watt halogens and 1 65 watt fluorescent light.

(okay so the photo is over-exposed.... ) [8D]
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Old 02-23-2005, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for all your help guys. I saw a 3000 watt genny on ebay new for $329 and like $50 for shipping, looks like a o.k. deal, although I bet it's loud. Think i'll give it a shot.
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troy built gennys are pretty quite but i run a fan so quite don't really matter to me



[8D][8D][8D]
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1 65 watt fluorescent light.

[8D]

What is the fouresent light for. Does it work good[&:]
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