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Old 09-08-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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Fluorescent lighting retrofit for reading lights

I was looking through some old links and came across this:

SailBoatStuff... Taylorbrite Cold Cathode Lights by Taylor Made Products

At the bottom of the page is a G-4, cold cathode, fluorescent bulb. It draws less than 1/4 amp and might be an alternative to LEDs for the reading lights. The bulbs are $30 each and include a ballast, which must be mounted remotely.

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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I installed one in my trailer over the bed for reading. This before LEDs became popular for RV interior lighting.

I would not buy it now. It is not very bright. A 3.6 watt LED is in the oem fixture over bed and is brighter. The first cold cathode fixture they sent didn't light at all. The one currently installed lights dim and pink and takes a few minutes to reach full brightness. If you are dead set on ordering it, try to get one with a clear lens if you desire maximum brightness. The opaque lens blocks a lot of light.

Sorry didn't see you referred to a lamp at the end of the page. My report is for the strip lights.

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Old 09-08-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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TPI thanks for the update and cautions.

I do note that the lengthy warm-up period is intrinsic to the cold-cathode design. I have cold-cathode lights in the dining room in my stick house and they do that, and also have a purple-pink cast until they warm up.

As I have noted elsewhere, I am extremely happy with the fluorescent fixtures installed by Airstream at the factory in my trailer. They use two F8T5 lamps each.

I am not dissatisfied with the OEM reading lights but they do draw a good deal of power (20W).
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