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Old 07-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Unhappy Univolt and LED lights

My lights have steadily dimmed since I switched to LED's. The Univolt does not seem to start anymore and my ampmeter on my sovereign 73 is declining.
Could this be linked to the use of LEDs ? We are parked and wired to line voltage with no problems on that end and the fuses in the Univolt are good.
Should I test the Univolt ? If it was not working I probably would not have 12v lights?
I need help !

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Old 07-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #2
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If you have a battery it'll power the lights until it goes dead. I can't think of a reason offhand that installing LEDs would be harmful to a Univolt converter/charger, they should just be seen as a reduction in load compared to when the lights were on with incandescent bulbs installed.

Do you have a multimeter? If so, what's the voltage at the Univolt output when you're plugged into power, and when not? If there's no change, the Univolt isn't working for one reason or another. Make sure it has 120v power to it (plugged into an outlet with power, all 120v breakers fully in the "On" position, etc.) It may be that your Univolt has simply expired, and a replacement will be a big improvement (once you get past the annoyance of having to set up a new fuse block and an external shunt for the ammeter.)

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