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Old 06-01-2021, 06:55 AM   #1
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I purchased a new 12 volt reading light and the reading light has a White and Black wire coming out of the light. I went and purchase a light cord and connect one lead to the white and the other to the black and NO LIGHT. Need help ASAP PLEASE
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A light cord, as in a two pronged plug with wires? That goes into a wall socket? That would be 120 volt AC.

You need to connect your new lamp to the 12volt DC system. This will involve replacing an existing fixture or tapping into wiring.

Judging by what you have written, you might want to get some help with this…
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Make sure to check your Airstream's wiring with a multimeter before connecting anything. I installed a new USB port in my trailer and tapped into the existing wiring. The polarity of the black and white wires in my trailer was the opposite of what I expected, which I confirmed by testing it.
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light may now be damaged

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1994 Airstream Excella

I purchased a new 12 volt reading light and the reading light has a White and Black wire coming out of the light. I went and purchase a light cord and connect one lead to the white and the other to the black and NO LIGHT. Need help ASAP PLEASE



Putting 110 AC to a 12 volt light will damage it. If you put 12 Volts DC to the light and it does not work the Polarity is wrong. If you switch the wires the light will work and is not damaged.
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Unless its a reading light fixture that uses a 12V LED bulb but has a transformer for use with 110V AC. You need to confirm if the light is for 12V DC or 110 AC and then connect to the appropriate power source. The outlets in your trailer are 110V AC.-- Frank
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