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Old 05-14-2003, 08:05 PM   #1
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Bulbs and Lighting

In a bid to make lighting more efficient -- I found what is called a 'thin light' F8T5 fluorescent element (8 watts) at Bulb Man. Are these prices a bit on the high side? Are walmart prices lower?

http://www.bulbman.com/search.asp?7=F8T5&1=Go

The bulb fits in this,

Thin-Lite 12v Fluorescent Light

Bulbman also sells 12V Bulbs that look a lot like 120V bulbs (25, 50 and 100 watts). Although not as efficient as thin lights, are these usable in an Egg?

http://www.bulbman.com/search.asp?7=12+volt

Mary -- my apologies. I still have no clue how to clean up and simplify my links.
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Old 05-14-2003, 08:26 PM   #2
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HI bill
I bought 3 sets of thin lites for my Boler.I replaced all main lites.The cost is a little high but you only get what you pay for.The less battery power you use the better off you are.
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Old 05-14-2003, 08:36 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Bill M.

* * * * * *Mary -- my apologies. I still have no clue how to clean up and simplify my links.
Don't worry about it, Bill. Like I said, it gives me something to do and makes me feel needed. :laugh

Hint (and replace the parentheses in my example with square brackets to get it to work):

(url=http://www.gobbledegook.blahblahblah)whatever ya wanna call your link(/url)

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Old 05-14-2003, 08:57 PM   #4
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Mary's tip

Thanks Mary! Nice of you to share :)

Aah it brings back memories of dabbling with Javascript and HTML --back when 'I was veddy young' so long ago...

I'll let you be useful then :)

And I also found Morgan Bulgers thread here about indoor Casita Lighting.
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Old 05-14-2003, 09:15 PM   #5
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Old 05-14-2003, 09:36 PM   #6
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Hi
I just took these 10 Min ago in my Boler.
Two above main table and bottom one above sink.Hope this sheads some lite for you.:)

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ec2fc8f3854cf1.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ec2fca9256eff2.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ec2fcbdebb32f3.jpg/>
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Old 05-14-2003, 10:57 PM   #7
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Bill, quite a few years ago, I put a 12v. fluorescent light in an old van I
had to replace the incandescent bulb. It seemed to give better light, and it
sure didn't get as hot. I did notice though that when it got really cold
during the winter, the light output dropped off dramatically. I don't know
whether this was peculiar to the one I had, or whether it is characteristic
to fluorescent lights in general.
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Old 05-15-2003, 07:58 AM   #8
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Fluorescent Lights

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Orginally posted by Rock MacRae

* * * * * * Bill, quite a few years ago, I put a 12v. fluorescent light in an old van I *
had to replace the incandescent bulb. It seemed to give better light, and it *
sure didn't get as hot. I did notice though that when it got really cold *
during the winter, the light output dropped off dramatically. I don't know *
whether this was peculiar to the one I had, or whether it is characteristic *
to fluorescent lights in general.
Now that you mention that, Rock, I have heard that they do not operate properly in very cold weather. We have them in our garage and when it is really cold, they do dim a tad. However, I think that it shouldn't matter in the trailer. I, for one, am going to have it warmer than that when I'm in there! ;)
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Outlet sharing

I'm not really sure where this would go, so I'm plopping it into this thread, cuz it really does have to do with lighting.

I want to put a lamp in my trailer for use when I'm hooked up to shore power. Question is, can I plug it into the same outlet as my A/C? I always felt like it should be a dedicated plug and should not be shared with anything. How bout a low watt bulb?

I know, I could try it and if it didn't work, I could replace the fuse, but I'd rather know for a fact.

How about it all you electrical gurus? Yes or No?
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Old 05-15-2003, 08:25 AM   #10
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Light covers

One thing I don't understand is why do all light fixtures come with white plastic covers. Why not clear. The white sure cuts down the light coming from the bulb, be it florescant, 12v or whatever.

Shortly after getting our Trilly we replaced all the white 12v light covers with clear. What a difference it makes. We can now read by them.

Turn on your lights, then take the covers off to give and idea of what clear covers can do.
Nancy
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Old 05-15-2003, 09:34 AM   #11
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Light covers

Nancy, I have some of both. Partially because I couldn't get the frosted ones the day I was there.

The only problem I, personally, have with the clear ones is more with location. Some will shine directly in my eyes, the others cause a glare. Other than that, they do allow more light to come through. I equate it to the differences between a frosted and a clear light bulb.
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Hi Suz
Never thought about position. None of ours are where they would shine in eyes or cause glare. They are all up under the shelf that runs over top of the windows front and back.

We found with the clear that we usually only have to turn one or two on to have it nice and bright inside, therefore using less battery.
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