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Old 02-16-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Fluorescent lights in the front windows?

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We have a used 29' 1988 Excella 1000 Airstream. My wife recently cleaned and repaired the curtains and discovered in the front area two fluorescent light fixtures neither of which have light bulbs. The one by the front door is approximately 17" and the one on the opposite side of the trailer is approximately 36". Both are located in the window area between the curtains and blinds. We have not been able to locate fluorescent bulbs for these light fixtures. I'm guessing that's why they are missing an have not been replaced. Can someone advised were we could purchase bulbs for these fixtures. I see no reason not to use these fluorescent fixture or Airstream would not have installed them correct?

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Old 03-17-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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I have a 1986 Excella 32' with 15" and 18" fluorescent fixtures. I found all my bulbs at Lowe's. They seem to have a large selection of sizes. Best of luck.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:45 PM   #3
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I am also looking for flourescent bulbs to go in the fan/light fixture in the front ceiling of our 93 Excella, part# F14T8-CW. Have tried several big box stores with no luck. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:49 PM   #4
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Try a Google search.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:03 PM   #5
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I am also looking for flourescent bulbs to go in the fan/light fixture in the front ceiling of our 93 Excella, part# F14T8-CW. Have tried several big box stores with no luck. Any suggestions?
Sylvania 21486 F14T8/CW Light Bulb - Buy 14 watt 15 inch T8 Medium Bi-Pin Base Cool White Preheat Fluorescent Sylvania Light Bulb Online at ServiceLighting.com

http://www.amazon.com/F14T8-CW-Linea.../dp/B000TZR33I

I've had good luck with Service Lighting and Amazon..

As I've posted in some of the other threads, you can get better light quality by getting away from the CW designation and going to "830" tri phosphor lamps. Not sure if thats offered in F14T8 though, kind of a rare size.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:01 AM   #6
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If your ballest or starters are bad you will be send back for new bulbs very soon. Replace them before you put in the new bulbs.
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:20 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. Should have come here first! How come the thing you're looking for is always the last place you look!?
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:37 AM   #8
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Vent light bulbs

I found the tubes for my vent/lights at Lowe's $8 and at Home Depot $7. They don't stock many of them but can get in more quickly. You do need to check the ballast first to see if they are working. To replace the ballast it will cost about $24 to $35 plus the tubes.
i am looking at replacing my dead ones with LED strips. Anyone else done this? This will provide long life at low cost. From what I have found out it will be less than $25 for the changeout.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:47 AM   #9
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I have replaced all my fluorescents with LED strips. Bright white for work areas and soft white for over couch, living room ceiling, and BR. I like them fine. I did put 4 strips in the one in the bathroom (for putting on makeup, etc)...NOT me, my wife!
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Atlantalightbulbs.com and alldaylighting.com are other sources to consider.

The 36" tubes are almost surely F25T8.
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