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Old 06-08-2014, 01:29 AM   #1
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Using "Regular" Light Fixtures?

Question. Can I use regular lights in my scamp? For instance, RV lights are always so blah looking, and I've come across many household light fixtures that I like a lot more. Am I able to change the wiring of the new fixture, or use a 12v bulb in the new fixture, or anything in order to use the new fixture correctly? Thanks so much!
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Quote: " RV lights are always so blah looking"

Hmmmm... That's pretty much an indictment of the tastes of the majority of us in FGRV's.

A lot of us like the smooth, functional, look of RV fixtures and don't consider them "Blah" at all. When you can turn on 6 bright LED panels, and pull less than 1 amp when they are all on, fixture style quickly takes 2nd place.

But there are some 12 Volt light bulbs with a standard screw base out there. They are usually used in "Work Lights" and can be found in some auto supply stores etc. But they are power hogs and will pull upwards of 4-5 amps each when ON. And, keep in mind that household fixtures may not be designed for the bouncing and vibrations of travel.

If you research fixtures used in motorhomes, you might find something more suited to your tastes, and that will be LED compatible.

What you are asking about is also called "Glamping".
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Am I able to change the wiring of the new fixture, or use a 12v bulb in the new fixture, or anything in order to use the new fixture correctly?
Yes you can. One of our members, peterh, has posted how he has converted some for his trailer. Another option is to look for marine fixtures, they seem to offer a greater choice in design than RV fixtures. They are usually expensive though.
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Quote: " RV lights Hmmmm... That's pretty much an indictment of the tastes of the majority of us in FGRV's.

As I walk around an RV parts store I see certain fixtures. As I look online at different RV parts websites, I see the same fixtures. The majority of the fixtures seem like they'd fit in with the decor of Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath & Beyond catalogs. That's not our style, so if we can get more creative and come up with something we like more than the typical fixtures everybody else has, we will.
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Yes you can. One of our members, peterh, has posted how he has converted some for his trailer. Another option is to look for marine fixtures, they seem to offer a greater choice in design than RV fixtures.

Awesome, thank you! I'll check out peterh's photos and see if any marine fixtures catch my eye
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Quote: " RV lights What you are asking about is also called "Glamping".

I know what glamping is. I wouldn't consider having functional lights that also look cool to be glamping. When you start adding your TV, satellite, cable, microwave, electric fireplace, dishwasher, etc.....that's glamping....and we won't have any of those.
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As I walk around an RV parts store I see certain fixtures. As I look online at different RV parts websites, I see the same fixtures. The majority of the fixtures seem like they'd fit in with the decor of Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath & Beyond catalogs. That's not our style, so if we can get more creative and come up with something we like more than the typical fixtures everybody else has, we will.

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Realize that the entire RV market is still a niche market for accessories, and selections are going to be somewhat limited.

Suffice to say that we can all have out individual tastes and interests.

if you want to see wider range of lighting fixtures, tour through new, high end trailers and motorhomes at a show or a dealership. Of course they come with much higher prices as well. You can also shop eBay where there are a number of sites that offer fixture over-runs and surplus parts from RV builders.
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All the interior lights in my trailer work... good enough for me! I never really paid attention to the "look," I guess it's because they're like everyone else's. Besides, they're on the ceiling and I know I don't lookup, because when I do I notice cobwebs on the ceilings of my sticks 'n bricks house!

Remember, travel trailers are like an earthquake going down the road. You'll want to spend your money wisely. Function over form.
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A friend of ours made little rice paper shades to go over some of the lights in their trailer. It really dressed them up, softened the light without obscuring it too much and didn't require changing any fixtures. This would only work on LED lights which don't get too hot for paper to be touching the fixture of course.

Also, some people bring along a small table lamp to put on their table for use when they're plugged in to shore power. Can look cute, plenty of style options and can provide some nice ambiance. Maybe something like that could also be converted to 12 volt?
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I know what glamping is. I wouldn't consider having functional lights that also look cool to be glamping. When you start adding your TV, satellite, cable, microwave, electric fireplace, dishwasher, etc.....that's glamping....and we won't have any of those.

Well, I gotta admit, I'm a kind of a Newbie around here myself, with just a few posts, but I don't think that those with TV, Satellite antennas, cable connection's or even a microwave in their FGRV would consider themselves to be Glampers, I sure don't.

In the world of FGRV's, Glamping is more about decor than functional needs.
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Remember, travel trailers are like an earthquake going down the road. You'll want to spend your money wisely. Function over form.

Haha! Yeah, I know I'm determined to have both form AND function as best I can. Where there's a will there's a way.
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How about an LED chandelier in a Bolar?

Chandelier in a Boler

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So is there any reason I can't use parts from here?

https://www.bulbworks.com/sockets.php

I'm a DIYer and I build stuff all the time (www.zelophotoblog.com/91204/projectportfolio) and I don't see why I couldn't customize something unique that suits us more. Any thoughts?
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Take it easy folks, this is a friendly site. No need to get all worked up about personal choices in style and start throwing insults.
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