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Old 10-20-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Wall Mount Swivel Reading Light Seperated

I have a standard 12v reading light over the bed where the ball swivel and socket have separated. I thought they might just snap back into place. I don't want to force it and break something. This fixture is in my old 1966 Trade Wind.

Anyone know how to re-assemble the ball into the socket on this style of wall mount light fixture? Picture below.

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Old 10-20-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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That is the common failure. There is no fix, sorry to say. I have tried all the advice around on the subject.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:33 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. The manufacturer had to have a way to assemble the fixture. The ball has a loose tongue on it looking like some device that can expand when tightened. Since the fixture is scrap right now, I may disassemble the thing and find out how it's made.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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I disassembled this swivel light fixture for the lack of something better to do. I know, I know, get a life!

I found the ball seperated from the socket likely due to wear. It appears the manufacturer presses and crimps the ball into the socket.

So I took the "arm" with the socket, and placed the ball into it, and squeezed the two together in my vice as far as it would go.

Then I "crimped" the socket around the ball with my pin punch and hammer. Finally, I had to squeeze the socket around the ball with my channel locks to maintain the assembly.

I filed and sanded the burrs I created, and the thing swivels like new.

I wanted to share what I did on this seperated light fixture. It may be a bit of knowledge for some other Airstream do it yourself person.

I was impressed with how intricate this fixture is made. Very well built, costly but much better than the square plastic fixtures in my 86.

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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Ours fell apart in the same manner. Looked all over and finally found a suitable replacement, and ordered it. Then I just looked over my head one day and saw this fixture over the fireplace with perfect (not totally the same) replacements that I could have gotten in town.

This is what I bought:
http://www.antiquelampsupply.com/product/2393
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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Good observation. I saw several suppliers who sell similar fixtures, but I could only find ones with round bases. Mine has a square base. There are 4 of them in my trailer.

My outside flood lights over the patio are mounted on swivels. But way too big for the Airstream.

I'm glad I got the thing back together. Now we shall see how long it lasts.

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Old 10-29-2013, 09:37 AM   #7
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I just bought two LED reading lights from the Good Sam RV place, 12 volt and installed them over the twin beds in our AS. They work good and with the merchandise coupon they were pretty reasonable.

Now if I can just find bed sheets that fit the bed. Standard twin are too big and a hard to change the sheets.
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