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Old 09-30-2005, 11:18 AM   #1
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Want to add b/room reading lamp

I want to add a reading lamp in the bedroom as the pillow lights over the head of the bed just don't hack it for me, and are too darn high to reach comfortably to turn off!

We have a 1983 Excella with the double in rear that is transverse.... the head of the bed is curbside, with a nightstand on either side, and overhead storage. Plus a shirt locker on the leading edge of the bed.

I want a light with preferably an adjustable arm to move for best light. I want it to be DC.

Looking for suggestions on all aspects of this.... from which light (brand and model number) to best place to install to exactly HOW to install!

Keep in mind this is a reading light! So it doesn't need to be fancy, or have a fancy shade or whatever.... prefer clean lines anyhow but don't want it to be way out of whack with the rest of our unit!

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Old 09-30-2005, 07:31 PM   #2
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I want to add a reading lamp in the bedroom as the pillow lights over the head of the bed just don't hack it for me, and are too darn high to reach comfortably to turn off!

We have a 1983 Excella with the double in rear that is transverse.... the head of the bed is curbside, with a nightstand on either side, and overhead storage. Plus a shirt locker on the leading edge of the bed.

I want a light with preferably an adjustable arm to move for best light. I want it to be DC.

Looking for suggestions on all aspects of this.... from which light (brand and model number) to best place to install to exactly HOW to install!

Keep in mind this is a reading light! So it doesn't need to be fancy, or have a fancy shade or whatever.... prefer clean lines anyhow but don't want it to be way out of whack with the rest of our unit!

Elizabeth in Iowa
Elizabeth, does your current reading light use the standard #1141 automotive style bulb? If so, maybe you or someone handy can fab up an extension on a flexible mount. If not, maybe you an check out the flexible reading lamps for sleeper units in tractor trailers.
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Old 09-30-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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Try this idea

I installed two 12v spotlights on the valances in my trailer; one over each of the folding tables. This prevents trying to work in my own shadow. The spotlights are bright enough that no extension arm is needed.

The bottoms of the overhead cabinets are double, with a wiring channel between the layers. I popped off the screw covers and lowered the outer bottom far enough to reach the wires inside. Some crimp connectors and I had working lights.

The spotlights came from Camping World. They are a bit pricey at about $33 each, but quite attractive. There is a pushbutton switch on each light fixture, but wires could be run to a switch elsewhere.
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Old 10-01-2005, 06:12 AM   #4
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Hmmm. My current reading light is the lights under the overhead storage. Not a good thing!
Since I like to read in bed, my criteria for a reading light in bedroom includes being able to turn it on and off from the bed without having to sit up or do a big stretch, be strong enough to read by, and not so large a light pool as to disturb my hubby!

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