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Old 01-30-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Where can I buy replacement 110v light bulbs for this style of porch light? I've looked around the big box stores but no joy.

Also has anybody converted this light to 12v? Or is it easier to just install a separate 12v light?
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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We have the same light on our '56, I think it's adorable! I believe it takes a refrigerator lamp. However, We converted ours to 12v as well as all our wiring. If you have everything apart, it's not that big of a deal. But it is part of the "slippery slope" thing...while we're at it, I might as well...

If you decide to change yours out to something else, I'd love to buy this one from you ~

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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I really like it too and have one on mine. Switched it to 12 volt as well with a small LED fixture that is paired with the same light under the steps so they both use the scare light toggle. And, they are blue!!

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Old 01-30-2011, 10:00 AM   #4
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Sure like to find one of those style of porch lamps. Like em'.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:46 AM   #5
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Wanna know how I know its 115 volt...not 12 volt?

Mike...I got my 115 v bulbs at a local electrical supply/repair company. I had been told that they are appliance...sewing machine, specifically....bulbs.
For those not familiar with these....the base looks like the dual contact base on a 12 volt 1157 automotive bulb. So when I replaced the bulb in mine, which was out, I put in an 1157. Puff! it blew out. So I got out my elec. tester and poked around a bit. BANG! It was like an electrical arc light about 10 inches from my face.
Anyway....I have some of those bulbs as spares and can get you some if needed. Converting to 12 will require a lot of panel and wiring work...not hard, but time consuming.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #6
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Mike...I got my 115 v bulbs at a local electrical supply/repair company. I had been told that they are appliance...sewing machine, specifically....bulbs.
For those not familiar with these....the base looks like the dual contact base on a 12 volt 1157 automotive bulb. So when I replaced the bulb in mine, which was out, I put in an 1157. Puff! it blew out. So I got out my elec. tester and poked around a bit. BANG! It was like an electrical arc light about 10 inches from my face.
Anyway....I have some of those bulbs as spares and can get you some if needed. Converting to 12 will require a lot of panel and wiring work...not hard, but time consuming.
Thanks, Melody Ranch. Appliance bulbs? No wonder why I couldn't find one. I'll trying going that route.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:28 AM   #7
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Mike, here is a photo of how the original wiring was run in my trailer. Yours is probably quite similar, if not identical (by the way, I have photos of all the orginal wire runs if there are any areas you are interested in). As you can see, that light and the switch were wired into the 110v system. I converted mine to 12 volt, but that was with the entire interior taken apart for the shell off. Melody is right, it would be a very tough job (impossible?) without taking the walls down.

On edit: sorry for the off point response. For some reason I thought you were asking if this light was 110v or 12v. Apparently I have not had enough coffee this morning.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #8
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58 Porch Light with LED Bulb retrofit.

I recieved my order from superbrightleds.com today, so I unwrapped my re-chromed light and fit the new socket and bulb in tonight. I am more then pleased with the results. It is 12V, but since I ripped out all my wiring, its no problem. I bench tested it and it looks fantastic.

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mattkroff could you please share the socket and bulb part # that you used.

I have a 57 Overlander with the same light and I would love to put an LED in it.

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:25 AM   #10
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Go into your closet and get out the Christmas lights - then pick the color you would like Those are the same bulbs used in many night lights too....

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:49 AM   #11
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Check it again

It sounds like there are many different variations in use.

All the original 56 lights I have seen....not that many...have been AC ....not DC 12 volt.

Here is the "1157", as I call it, double contact , 115v AC bulb. Note that the bulb holder looks just like a 12 volt 1157 automotive. A BIG surprise awaits if you misidentify.
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Hmmmm Thats not what I have on my 58..... good ol 50's trailers - nothing standard

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:17 AM   #13
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I need one of those original porch lights for my airstream. I will look to see it somebody is selling one.

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Old 02-01-2011, 11:51 AM   #14
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Ken,
Melody Ranch is correct. My socket has the two contacts just like a 12v 1157 bulb. Some kind of conversion is probably in order for my Overlander. Either a standard style 110v Christmas bulb like you mentioned or a 12v.
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