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Old 06-30-2006, 03:54 PM   #43
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My lights arrived this morning. Like Gina said they ship fast!

My electrical consultant has gone fishing for the holiday "weekend". If I can figure out the wiring I might attempt to hook them up. Electrical is not my strong suit and I don't want to fry anything!

There is a black and a yellow wire to the power connector, black wire runs to the inverter, yellow wire runs to switch...... and a red wire between the switch and inverter. I feel so blonde.
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:26 PM   #44
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Liz, I will take a pic of mine tonite. It is a temporary instal and all the wiring is exposed.. A "picker" is better than instructions of you are not sure.
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:30 PM   #45
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Picker ARE good! I'm excited about these lights, they look really neat!
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Old 07-03-2006, 04:31 PM   #46
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Here R a picker.


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I already splained the switch config to you.

I originally had these one over sink, one over stove, but found I liked the two paired over the stove best. Plenty of light there.. you can see the wash.

My leds are now installed on the goucho end. With everything on, my batterry yawns and says "Did someone say something?"
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Old 07-03-2006, 05:51 PM   #47
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Thanks Gina! That looks pretty bright to me. I hooked up mine to the computer to make sure they work, I'm impressed with the light.
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:01 PM   #48
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I finally got around to installing a set. I am very impressed with them. I'm thinking of replacing the rest of my RV style lights with them. If I'd have know then what I know now....

The light sets.
The existing puck lights output.
The CC light output.
The installation location (picture taken without flash).
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Cool, huh?
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Old 08-10-2006, 10:08 PM   #50
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I found a pair of CCF lights at Fry's electronics for $15, then gutted the 110V flourescent in my Scamp. I cut the power leads from the CCF's switch and used the existing switch in the old fixture. Afterwards, I mounted the new tubes with double stick tape and plastic tie wraps. I also had to disconnect the old power wires from the 110V breaker and extend the pos. wire to the 12V supply and the neg. wire to the ground bus bar.

It looks great (although the light temperature is a little cool), and now I have use of a formerly useless fixture since I rarely have hook-ups at my campsites.
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Old 08-11-2006, 12:47 PM   #51
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I got my set of 12" ccf from The Web Cats for $6.75+$4.50 shipping. They are great. Only problem was in the 100 o weather the adhesive on the velcro got gooey and failed.

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that is where I got mine.

They have an ebay store too.
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that is where I got mine.

They have an ebay store too.
Me too.
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I received my two pairs of CCFT lamps fro All Electronics yesterday.

I hooked one pair up to a 12 volt battery this morning and measured the voltage and current.

12.8 VDC
0.73 amps

That means they consume 9.344 watts. If my memory is correct, the incandescent lamps in the fixtures Casita uses draw 1.5 amps. One pair of these CCFTs use half the current and the light appears to be at least twice as bright (I have no way of measuring the light output).

I'll try the CCFTs in the Casita when it cools down some here (it got up to 100.6 yesterday). I'll try them first just mounted to the fibeglass bottom of the overhead cabinet and see if they provide lighting comfortable for reading. I wish I had old 12" flourescent fixtures like Mike used, the diffuser would help and the installation would look better.

Thanks to all of you for the information I used to buy these. They look like winners for an old boondocker who likes to get up early to read and work crosswords.
Just an update; the above post was last June and it applied to the Dual 12" CCFT kit by Logisys.

I recently purchased 2 Dual 4" CCFT kits by Logisys. They're packaged in the same box as the 12". The specifications on the box are for the 12". I measured the 12VDC current for draw the 4" pair using the same setup.

12.8 VDC
0.33 amps

That translates to 4.224 watts consumed by the 4" pair.

Anyone considering the 4" CCFTs should understand that the specifications on the box which is copied by the vendors are incorrect. The brightness (I'm assuming they really mean luminance) is specified as 28,000 to 30,000 cd/m**2. Don't expect that output from the 4" tubes. I'd guess about 1/3 of that luminance.
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I'd guess about 1/3 of that luminance
How can you tell, Morgan? Do you have a calibrated eyebone?

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How can you tell, Morgan? Do you have a calibrated eyebone?

(Off to my room!)

It's a SWAG, Gina.

The 4" tubes are 1/3 the length of the 12".
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