Dumb Question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by joeslawn, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. joeslawn

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    I am just exploring the internet looking for something tonight. I am trying to figure out what would be a good source of heat to warm up a thermostat to keep an a/c unit running? One person suggested a light bulb, however, I would think there would be something else out there but I can't figure out what it might be called/where to find it. I also found trace electric heating or heat tape... anybody care to clue me in? Thanks
     
  2. Brownout

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    That's a pretty odd question. An a/c usually employs a thermostst to regulatethe temp at a predetermined level. Why monkey with it?

    Guess you can always hold it under your arm.
     
  3. #12

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    Keep it simple. You have to hold a hair dryer all the time and you have to keep pushing the button down on a toaster, so just move an end table under the thermostat and put a desk lamp on it.
     
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  4. GopherT

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    Incandescent light bulbs are great options because all of the energy is lost to heat. Even the photons of light they emit are converted to heat when absorbed by a substrate. Bulbs are also available in many different wattages and voltage combinations. On top of that, sockets to mount your bulbs are also widely available.

    That being said, I would like to learn more about your motivations.
     
  5. wmodavis

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    A match?.......................
     
  6. Sensacell

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    Just mount a 5W resistor under the thermostat and juice it up.
     
  7. crutschow

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    I assume you have some type of thermostat you can't adjust. :confused:

    I go with GopherT. Even a small 5W incandescent light bulb should put out enough heat to significantly raise the temperature in the thermostat. Just mount the bulb directly below the thermostat.
     
  8. mcgyvr

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    Why can't you just turn the temp setting down?
     
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  9. GopherT

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    Really? What kind of a McGyver solution is that? I would have expected much more, from McGyver.... like flames!
     
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