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Old 12-05-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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In the last trailer we had we tryed some LED lights they worked OK but not to good to read by. So in our new StarPad we put in some new CCFL lights. WOW a real nice white light and now we can read inside all nite and not drain down the batt. They are easy to install and wire in and they draw about 1/4 the power. I have but in 3 at the cost of about $30.00 total. Each Light is about 1/4" X 12" come with P/S switch, run on 12VDC current draw is about 5.0mA and have a lifetime of about 30K hours with a brightness of 30K cd/m2.

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Old 12-05-2005, 04:46 PM   #2
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Pat & Arleen,
Maybe my search is at an end!. Good, inexpensive, yet bright enough reading light. Is it possible that these can be dimmed?
Where might these be purchased?
As someone once said, "inquiring minds want to know"!
Thanks for the picture showing both lamps, good comparison.
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:10 PM   #3
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Hi, Pat & Arleen,

If you bought these on-line, would you post the URL?

Do you use these in tandem with your incandescents or instead of?

A standard 12 fixture uses about 1500 ma.

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Old 12-05-2005, 06:04 PM   #4
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The CCFL lights are used often for lighting pc cases for doing computer mods. I would think any large computer store would cary them and many online stores. Here is coolerguys website they have always been good to me http://www.coolerguys.com/840556012009.html they do require being pluged into a transformer but they also make short wire extensions from transformer to bulb.

I was going to try and use a couple in the cupbord and closet. Should work realy well.

I was thinking the only down side other than the wires from the transformer being relatively short is they take a fiew minutes to warm up and get brite but they do work well.
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The CCFL lights are used often for lighting pc cases for doing computer mods. I would think any large computer store would cary them and many online stores. Here is coolerguys website they have always been good to me http://www.coolerguys.com/840556012009.html they do require being pluged into a transformer but they also make short wire extensions from transformer to bulb.

I was going to try and use a couple in the cupbord and closet. Should work realy well.

I was thinking the only down side other than the wires from the transformer being relatively short is they take a fiew minutes to warm up and get brite but they do work well.

I'm sure about this one. I don't see an input voltage specification. It does state "transformer". Transformers don't work on DC voltages.
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The link below is the place I ordered from

http://www.allelectronics.com/cgi-bin/cate...0100&type=store

I also ordered some red ones for under the trailer th light up the ground by the door.

They are bright and run cool when on.



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well you got me Byron
The site calls them a power inverter not a transformer.... sorry But i do know they work off 12v dc
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The site calls them a power inverter not a transformer.... sorry But i do know they work off 12v dc

No problem. I'm pretty sure they ment inverter. But I have seen sites that have either a 12VDC or a 24VDC inverter. That site doesn't which it is.
I think you ment toe "The site calls the a transformer not a power inverter"

I guess I'm one that wants to make sure I understand what I'm buying. Maybe it's engineer in me tries to read and understand specifications. I hate getting stuff that aint what I thought it was. I've done that enough, both with my stuff and professionally.

Thanks for the link though.
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Old 12-05-2005, 11:13 PM   #9
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I bought 2 pair of these lights earlier this year and installed them in my Compact II. One pair is over the kitchen and other pair is over the table. Another big advantage of these ccfl lights is there is little radio interference with them on compared to a regular flouresent light. Mike
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This came from the web site

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Specifications:
# Dimensions: 300mm x 4mm
# Tube Voltage: 620V .74 Amps (8.88 watts)
# Avg Brightness: 29000 cd/m2
# Very, Very Bright
# Average life: 30,000 hrs
# Dual sealed transformers

Review: Cluboverclocker.com

I was wondering about where the current draw was measured?
At the bulb or at the feed of the transformer.
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The current draw had to be measured at the 12 VDC input. Power in Watts = Volts x Current. 12 x .74 = 8.88. The 8.88 Watts includes the inverter.
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