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Old 07-21-2014, 11:37 AM   #1
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Cheap Interior Lighting Upgrade

I don't know about the rest of you but the original interior lighting in my 26' Argosy had to go. The yellowish light covers gave off an eerie yellow haze that wasn't too noticeable until I tinted all the windows. A lighting upgrade was in order but staying on budget was essential. I found a couple of home lights that I really liked at a local thrift store but they would need to be converted from 110 to 12a power. Each light fixture was $5 so I figured if I ruined them in the process I was only out $10. I began by removing the original fixtures and gutting them, making sure to salvage all of the parts necessary for the swap over.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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Next I took the new fixtures and removed the 110 hardware then began installing the lights from the original fixture. The swap was very basic. I simply installed the original ground ring and ran the wires through the existing holes in the new fixture.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:51 AM   #3
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I drilled a hole in the side of the new fixture to mount the original switch. After that it was just a matter of reconnecting the wires and mounting the light to the rv. This was a simple project compared to most on this forum but I found it to be a big improvement in the overall feel of the interior.
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I drilled a hole in the side of the new fixture to mount the original switch. After that it was just a matter of reconnecting the wires and mounting the light to the rv. This was a simple project compared to most on this forum but I found it to be a big improvement in the overall feel of the interior.
Replacement plastic lenses are still available.

I would guess that the glass lenses, in time, will shatter because of bumps and vibrations.

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Old 07-21-2014, 01:03 PM   #5
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Good for you!! Repurposing and getting what you want at the same time is a beautiful thing. You dont always have to spend a lot to get what you need.
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It will look even better if you replace the incandesces with LED's. You have choices in color temp as well as format and layout, and most importantly, used 1/10th the current.
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Thanks for the suggestions and comments. I installed rubber gaskets at the main contact points in hopes of avoiding the shattered glass issue. Next road trip is August 1st. Enough work...let's do some camping!
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:55 PM   #8
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I am more worried about the screws pulling out from the weight.

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Old 07-22-2014, 08:49 AM   #9
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That is a very valid concern. The lights came with a mounting bracket that I inserted into the existing hole where the power feed is located. It is approximately 3 to 3.5 inches long and that is what the base is screwed into. Time will tell if this mounting method holds up to the rigors of travel.
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Our .02 worth, we like the retro ambiance of the Argosy. I did install LEDs but in the original fixtures.
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