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Old 06-18-2009, 04:25 PM   #15
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In the '76 Excella i recently worked on the switch for the fluorescents was in the lower curtain cove corner on the curb side, took me a while to find it, but it is there.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:59 PM   #16
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the bulbs are the same but the ballasts are either 12vDC or 120vAC.
Exactly!

Apparently sources for 12vDC ballasts are few and far between. Any sources anyone has would be greatly appreciated. I have a few that need replaced and Thin Lite is very proud of theirs.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:54 PM   #17
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Why don't you just convert them to LED strip lights.
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Old 06-18-2009, 08:51 PM   #18
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Why don't you just convert them to LED strip lights.
I have given it some thought. I have decided that I like the wide 360 degree wash of light that fluorescents have. The indirect light when reflected off the ceiling adds a lot of light, soft light at that. When I have the lights on, most of the time I prefer it bright & cheery unless boondocking.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:19 PM   #19
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I have given it some thought. I have decided that I like the wide 360 degree wash of light that fluorescents have. The indirect light when reflected off the ceiling adds a lot of light, soft light at that. When I have the lights on, most of the time I prefer it bright & cheery unless boondocking.
If you really want to add to the "wash effect" from the flourescent lights that are hidden in the drape valances, try this.

Wash a small area, about 6" x 6" near the valance especially if it's sticky.

Apply 2 coats of future floor wax to that washed area.

Let it dry for a few minutes, then turn the hidden lights on.

Make sure your wife is there so she can see the effect as you will. The texture of the vinyl-clad will come to life, big time.

Caution: She may say, "lets do the rest of the trailer the same way."

However, if she is negative, you can easily remove the wax, and return to the original effect.

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If you really want to add to the "wash effect" from the flourescent lights that are hidden in the drape valances, try this.

Wash a small area, about 6" x 6" near the valance especially if it's sticky.

Apply 2 coats of future floor wax to that washed area.

Let it dry for a few minutes, then turn the hidden lights on.

Make sure your wife is there so she can see the effect as you will. The texture of the vinyl-clad will come to life, big time.

Caution: She may say, "lets do the rest of the trailer the same way."

However, if she is negative, you can easily remove the wax, and return to the original effect.

Andy
Fortunately for me, I celebrated 29 years of happy divorced life on June 11th, not that I'm counting.

Ok, even I'll admit that the walls could use the sticky removal and wax.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:58 PM   #21
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But the mystery deepens, these bulbs are F15T8-CW, which I believe are AC lights. At least they are the same as the ones in the mirror fixture in the bathroom of my house!
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Joe
Back on topic. I checked the remaining ThinLite fixture behind the curtains and it does look like a F15T8 would be the correct one for it. I saw a variety of F15T8 tubes at my local Home Depot yesterday ranging from Warm White, Daylight, Cool White, to even Blacklight. My choice would be the Warm Whites. They make the interior much more cheerful.

The odd size tubes I was thinking of are in the three ceiling vents. They are F14T8 tubes and even though they are /D instead of CW, they are still way too blue a light. I had to go to a commercial lighting supplier to even find these.
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Interesting thread - and an old one.... I too have hidden lights behind the drape valance in both front and rear of our 76 Excella 500. While I have found the switch for the ones in the rear - I cannot find the one for the front - but still looking... I am removing both valances to disassemble the fluorescent lights and ballasts and replace them with an LED strip and reinstall after painting - hopefully this will look cleaner, save some battery life - especially since the bulbs are hard as hell to replace (small space - big hands)....
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