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Old 10-30-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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Question New lights and the 12V issue

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Of course with almost all old airstreams my 68 Safari has some very old and out dated lighting. I would love to put new fixtures in, but I am unsure what fixtures I can install. I was at Lowes and Home Depot last night and noticed that the wattage on even the smallest of blubs was usually 50 Watts, but I did find a number of 20 Watt bulb fixtures.

Can anyone advise on installing new lights, or reccommend a good website to find them.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:03 PM   #2
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Remember your working with 12 volt lights. I never could find any at HD or Lowes.
Best here is Vintage Trailer Supply and my favorite place to search is yacht/boat suppy houses.
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Old 10-30-2006, 05:06 PM   #3
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More light

Think Light Emitting Diode (LED).
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As for LED lights....will they fit into the existing fixtures, or can I get new fixtures?
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I did see 12V lights at Home Depot just the other day. I haven't tried it, but did see a thread in here that said you could put 120 V bulbs in 12 V fixtures and they would work. If that were the case, you could use those spiraly low watt bulbs.

I've also toyed with the idea of using low wattage garden spots and would be curious if anyone else has done so.
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Some sources I have used..

I have used many lights from this company:

www.swego.com

their recessed lights work great. I had them in use now for over a year and on quite a few trips, and so far so good. You can put 5W Xenon bulbs in them and then they are extremely efficient, while giving a very pleasant white light.

www.ikea.com

Ikea works best if you can find a store nearby. Their lights come with transformers, but are priced so well that you can afford to throw away the transformers and use the lights directly for 12V DC.

LED's are really only good for saving power while boondocking. The light color of the LED's is quite cold, in my opinion. I prefer halogen or Xenon light for constant use.
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UWE,

Very cool site with many retro looking lights. I plan on keeping everything that is original with my trailer so if I ever sell it...the owner can have that stuff back with it.

As long as they fit, I think that this site will give me what I need.

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!
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Thin-Lite flourescent fixtures are a good choice too. They can be purchased from solar power suppliers at reasonable prices. I get ideas from marine catalogues, but find other sources since boat stuff costs too much.
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UWE,

Very cool site with many retro looking lights. I plan on keeping everything that is original with my trailer so if I ever sell it...the owner can have that stuff back with it.

As long as they fit, I think that this site will give me what I need.

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!
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You can use their surface mount lights, without hardly disturbing the inner skins.
I did this in my previous trailer, a 1971 TradeWind. The light was nicely spread out, and used 1/4 of the energy the original 4-lamp fixtures used.

This was a while ago, but here is the thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forum...tion-1534.html
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