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Branden Pirot (Posted on 05/28/15, 04:24 PM)
Why are the manufactures in our channel allowing bottom dwellers to out innovate them?  What do I tell clients that I am trying to sell 50k+ systems to when they tell me their friends $10.00 Vivent system has these features?…
Joe Whitaker (Posted on 05/28/15, 02:57 PM)
Well update time: Unfortunately the product did not make it passed the Expert Review. I suspect this is due to it being competition for a consumer product they already make which is the Pivot Power Strip. Of course this doesn’t…
Maury Markowitz (Posted on 05/28/15, 02:53 PM)
Is this a joke? Modern inverters lose about 2 to 5% in conversion. I’ve installed thousands. The lowest rated efficiency I’ve seen is around 92%, and that’s in edge scenarios. CEC averages for the collection on my…
qubit88 (Posted on 05/28/15, 02:24 PM)
There is already an open industry alliance geared towards this exact technology. It is the Emerge Alliance and on its website it says: “An open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe DC power distribution in commercial…
DP (Posted on 05/28/15, 02:22 PM)
I actually lived in a neighbourhood that was fully wired with DC, 200V. There was a giant AC-DC converter which stepped down 11KV to DC using a AC-motor/DC-generator combo. It was all fine and good but one thing to watch out for is…
Chris B (Posted on 05/28/15, 02:22 PM)
The premise of the article is based on wildly wrong numbers!  PV panels don’t put out exactly 12V (most are 3 times that). And AC/DC conversions are now possible with only a few percent loss of power.  It requires using…
shannon (Posted on 05/28/15, 01:47 PM)
IMO - If you believe that selling surge mitigation is an option vs. ‘taking your chances’ with the insurance company, etc you are looking at it the wrong way.  As professional integrators, I believe we OWE it to our clients…
FredInIT (Posted on 05/28/15, 01:31 PM)
You’re an eye-dee-ten-tee.  I suggest you go get a basic book on electronics… say the Boy Scout Merit Badge book - so you understand why Westinghouse won and Edison lost - making sure we use AC in our homes.  Yes, the…
John Saves Energy (Posted on 05/28/15, 01:25 PM)
DC-AC conversion in a modern, pure-sine inverter is more like 98% efficient. So you are only losing 2-4%, not 40% as you state. Resistive losses by using low voltage wiring would add greater losses than that. Also DC appliances are…
Mark Sipe (Posted on 05/28/15, 12:51 PM)
LED lighting has a driver to convert it to high voltage, it is, by its nature, low voltage.  This conversion also lowers the life of the bulbs over running DC.  I am not suggesting eliminating high voltage from a home, rather changing…
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