My CCFL lights
came in yesterday. I cut the computer power plug off and hooked the wires up to a spare 12v power supply I use to charge my handheld ham radio batteries. I've got them running now instead of the lamp I usually use near my computer. They are reasonably bright! Should be good for my intended use in the camper.
So far, I'd give them two big thumbs up! Now I need to figure out how best to mount and wire them.
I have a wooden shelf over my dinette - I think I'll drill some small holes through it and use wire ties to secure the lamps to the bottom of the shelf and the power supply to the top of the shelf, where it will be hidden by the lip on the edge and will get good air circulation.
I haven't mocked them up in the trailer yet, but I'm guessing if a polished reflector was used to focus the light
in one general direction, it would definitely help. They are pretty bright to the eyeballs to look at directly.
The lamps come with a on/off switch already wired, but it is mounted in a metal plate that you're supposed to install in place of one of the blank covers over an expansion slot on the back of a desktop computer. I still haven't decided how to turn them on and off. I could just use the existing switch in the existing incandescent light
fixture and tap into the switched side for power, but that means you'd have to remove the incandescent bulb if you didn't want that on, too. I was also thinking of tapping into the unswitched power and mounting a pullchain or some other type of switch, but the challenge would be in putting it somewhere that would look good without wires sticking out everywhere.
Going to have to think on this one.