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Old 03-08-2009, 12:34 AM   #15
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http://www.thinlite.com ?
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:36 AM   #16
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Do you have a web link for them?
Might be these low profile flourescents
http://www.thinlite.com/prod06.htm
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:54 AM   #17
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Do you have a web link for them?
I just googled "12 volt thinlight flourescents" and got a number of hits. Here's just one of them:

http://www.carparts.com/THIN-LITE-12-VOLT-...23459_10618.car
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:16 AM   #18
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Peter, did you also install some of the v-leds? If you did , which ones did you use and where did they work best? I was looking at the 48, two for over the table or maybe the 36, not sure which color of white to try either.
I have the 48-LED warm-white V-LEDS panels installed in all but one of our Bargman lights. (They're too bright for our bathroom!) They're perfect for that application.


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We have other lights we use over our dinette. Directly over the dinette we have IKEA Dioder lights mounted to the frame around our Fantastic Fan, but if I were to do those lights over again I'd use two of the LEDWholsalers strip lights I mentioned earlier in this thread because they're a warmer white light. (The on/off switch is the small square red button in the upper left corner under the knob.)


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We also have two Home Depot track lights, one in each corner, that I've converted for use with 12-volt warm-white MR-11 LED lights, also from LED Wholesalers.




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Old 03-08-2009, 01:52 AM   #19
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yes.. thats whats broken.. thanks... does it pry out from the inside of the ficture or the inside?
Christi,

Prying is not the right way to go. Each end of the switch has a clip which springs out after inserting the switch into the hole. From the inside, squeeze these clips and push the switch out of the hole.

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Old 03-08-2009, 07:53 AM   #20
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Do you have a web link for them?
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I am not certain and I will have to go look for a model number later but they look like the first one here.

http://thinlite.com/prod04.htm

They are more modern looking than the traditional ones I have seen.

I think I bought them at West Marine but it has been a while.
They list them at 1.4a but they do not specify any other meaningful parameters on the strange web site.

All I know for sure is that they are a lot easier pn the battery than the standard 1156 Bargman fixtures I have always had in each trailer.
They also produce a very good working light even as the battery voltage drops.

I plan on trying several more LED's as new ones appear and I also just discovered that Superbrightleds.com is here in STL,Go figure?

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Old 03-08-2009, 11:30 AM   #21
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Donna's link, BARGMAN Euro-Design Light, has some of the thinlite lights.
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:07 PM   #22
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I am not certain and I will have to go look for a model number later but they look like the first one here.

http://thinlite.com/prod04.htm

They are more modern looking than the traditional ones I have seen.

I think I bought them at West Marine but it has been a while.
They list them at 1.4a but they do not specify any other meaningful parameters on the strange web site.

All I know for sure is that they are a lot easier pn the battery than the standard 1156 Bargman fixtures I have always had in each trailer.
They also produce a very good working light even as the battery voltage drops.

I plan on trying several more LED's as new ones appear and I also just discovered that Superbrightleds.com is here in STL,Go figure?

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Hi Ed,
I bought 8 leds from STL just before Xmas and used them for 48 days on our recent trip to Texas. I got the warm white units with 9 SMT leds(120 degree beam) on a card about 1.5" square(US$21.95 plus shipping). They can be installed in existing fixtures in about 5 minutes per bulb by double sided taping them to the top of the fixture. We found them slightly brighter than the original 1156's and slightly whiter in color but they worked well. I hated to spend the money but they paid for themselves in short order because we could dry camp for longer periods of time with the reduced draw on the battery. I can also now go to solar without having to cover the entire roof with panels. We were able to dry camp for 12 days at South Padre Island because we had these bulbs.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:41 PM   #23
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[quote]We also adapted two sets of IKEA's Dioder LED puck lights for use over our kitchen counters; the two sets of Dioders aren't as bright as the single 110v AC flourescent light, but because their light is spread around over the counters on each side of the trailer we have ample light for any kitchen chore.


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How did you convert these 110v lights to 12 volt? Is there a way to modify them so you can use them with both kinds of current?
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How did you convert these 110v lights to 12 volt? Is there a way to modify them so you can use them with both kinds of current?
The IKEA Dioder LED lights actually run on 12v dc. IKEA supplies a 12v transformer with the lights, so "converting" is mostly figuring out which side of the lights are connected to which wire in the trailer. I also wired in a 12v regulator circuit to protect my expensive LEDs from the higher charging voltages my converter puts out. They really shouldn't be subjected to more than 13 volts.

Here's a link to the thread where I first wrote about them. You can find more details about the IKEA Dioder lights there.

I still like our Kitchen Dioder puck lights. The light they produce is a littel more "blue" in color than newest generation of "warm white" LEDs, but it's still a pleasing color of light and it works really well in the kitchen.
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How did you convert these 110v lights to 12 volt? Is there a way to modify them so you can use them with both kinds of current?
yes, i just currently redid all of the lights in my boler. I ordered a 12 volt LED controller from e-bay for about $12, i have a switch that allows me to use either battery power or 110 and still come out with 12 volt in the end.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/LED-Driver-Switching-Po...%3A1|240%3A1318

Just tested it out tonight and it works like a charm!
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