Have a (Power) Plan

I am a photographer and that means I like to control my surroundings and the available light. It can be natural light from windows or a skylight, or artificial light from lamps and fixtures. To get the perfect ambience, however, I need flood lights that I can regulate for the correct illumination. Lighting has to be exact even if it looks effortless. I am in essence entirely dependent on electricity for everything.

When it comes to heat and cold, however, that is another story. I have utilities like everyone else and live in a place that has the occasional annoying outage. Sometimes it comes at the most inopportune time. If I am working in my studio, and the power is on the fritz, it disrupts everything. I can’t work in the dark or even with flood lights glaring in my face. So I have taken matters into my hands and I have a power plan.

Pretty smart, eh? I have a contingency plan that involves the usage of a home generator that is closely at hand in case of a winter or summer outage as the case may be. It’s genius. The food in the fridge won’t spoil, the computer will run if the battery is dead, the air conditioning or heating will operate steadily. I will have plug in lights where I need them, flood or other kinds. I will be able to see to work and not miss a beat. How do people get by on candles or flashlights alone!

A generator is basically a motor that operates on batteries and is designed for a certain amount of power according to its size and capacity. You can also use propane gas if you prefer. Small ones are for camping and are thus nicely portable. They can run a laptop, outdoor lights, a hairdryer, a coffeemaker, and similar things. You need a larger unit for the home at a much heftier price. For example, Generac makes an expensive one for several thousand dollars. This is the one I picked.

I did all the comp shopping, read the reviews, and tallied the specs to be sure I got what I needed for the big expenditure. I wanted fully automatic operation (that included the transfer switch) and durability right from the start. The unit I selected is air-cooled and has cast iron cylinder walls, so I knew it would have a long life. I then learned about the revolving field alternator design with automatic voltage regulation. Don’t ask me to explain. It just means that the generator will operate 25% more efficiently with no damage to voltage spikes.

In case this isn’t enough, the thing won’t rust so you can use it in humid climates. Add a high grade muffler for quiet operation and safety and you have a great machine. You won’t have circuit overload or ever find a dead battery as there is a timed charger. There is a warranty in case anything goes awry. For over $3,000 I don’t expect it to happen.

I spent time on my power plan and came to understand the ins and outs of a generator as you can see. You will have peace of mind knowing that life goes on, even when the lights don’t.

Written By Taylor