Fluro lights

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looking for a good quality 12 v fluro light In Brizzy any leads as where to buy?
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 00:08

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 00:08
Kind of a hijack... but what constitutes a "good quality" 12V flouro? I was in Rays Outdoors here in Melbourne on the weekend, and they had two almost identical-looking lights - one was a chinese no-name for $19.95, the other one was "branded" and was $99.95.

I reckon five of the cheapies would outlast one of the expensive jobs.
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:53

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:53
Checked it out but not in Brizzie
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 06:59

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 06:59
I think most of the twin tube lights are about the same quality and output. ARB, Pirahna, versalite etc. I have had the ARB light for about three years and not had a problem.
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Follow Up By: uncle - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:08

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:08
Hi Dave I agree with you,we have the ARB paid about $79 and only _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx 1 amp also,we loaned it to some elderly folk a couple of weeks back who went to Vic high country and loved it!Their gas lantern is going in the next garage sale. Those bloody mantles.........cheers
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:29

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:29
I made mine from a Jaycar 12V 20W fluoro lamp (SL-2852, $24) a suitable base (PS-4072 $4) and a plastic food container from the $2 shop ($guess :) Jaycar also do a 13W lamp if you want to keep the current consumption down. My lamp gives an excellent light, is rain proof and very robust. The lamp has had around 18 months of use with no problems.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:54

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:54
Love to see this one can you put it on the members page?
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Follow Up By: Blackie - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:32

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:32
This is not my idea.
Whip into bunnings buy a Arlec (???) work light. About $10.00 Substitute the 240 v plug with a cig lighter plug or battery clamps. In the same department in Bunnings buy a 12 v compact flouro lamp (about $24 ) make sure ot fits your lamp.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 12:45

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 12:45
Hi Rox

I'm not a member of this site so I have put some pics. of it here:

http://rapidshare.de/files/1498468/LAMPS.ZIP.html

This is a _very_ useful site but can be a little confusing to use the first time. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the "Free" button.
Scroll down to the bottom of the next page and wait for the time delay to expire then click the "lamps.zip" link and that will start the download. The zip file contains about 10 shots and is around 550K.

I've also included some pics. of my $2 Supercheap clamp lamp stand and my "Tablelamp" - 7Ah battery, bit of plastic angle, glue and an El Cheapo lamp. Had to build it because we couldn't see the Backgammon board properly and my last partner kept cheating (well that's my excuse :).

Hope it's useful.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: TheUndertaker - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:29

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:29
Amart all sports sell the piranah twin tube /1amp draw equaling a 75watt globe / for $59 and the piranah single tube for $13 ,, the twin tube is the most robust ant puts out the most light of any light [12v] that I have tried ,including $100+ jobs/brands.
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Reply By: bernie1 - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:31

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 07:31
I have a colite. aprox.500mm long. I also have extened the lead by 4m. Cost about $100 from Campmart Lawnton. It has a bright white light.

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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:04

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:04
Hi Rox - Thanks for the post. We are doing the same exercise.
We want to replace the 2 incandescent bulbs with Flouro's.
Supercheap have a fair range of both 'chinese' $19.95 and branded ones.
The biggest store in Brisbane for camping/caravaning parts is probably CAMEC - located at Bldg 3, Archerfield Industrial Park Cnr Kerry & Beaudesert Roads, Archerfield QLD, 4108 Phone: 07 3710 9000. Check out http://www.camec.com.au They have the usual essentials - 12V washing machines; dishwashers, TVs, DVD players, hot water systems; inverters, etc. Plus the smaller equipment - nuts, bolts, plastic hose, wire etc. I am fairly certain you could build a van/camper from scratch, with the parts they sell.
They do charge for the convenience however.
If you find a good source, please post back here.....regards.....Keith
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:57

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:57
Try down under camping ("iam not paid by them") Got mine for $29.95 each but no switch. No switch is worth $30+ to me
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:04

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:04
Hi Rox

Versalite are very good.
They were $10 cheaper at Springers $89 at Strathpine than Campmart $99 at Lawnton in Brissy when we bought one 12 months ago.

Good Luck.

Cya
Tripp'n :)
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:24

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 09:24
Got mine from here...

Sunshine State 4WD

Brightest 12v flouro I've ever seen and cost about $35.
_Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx a bit more current than some others but if you want a bright (20w) light..........

Cheers, John.
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:58

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:58
Saw thers last week but it looked like the rain would get in to me
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 12:49

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 12:49
Stick with a brand name- I have found they are more resistant to drops and knocks. They all seem to have the same water resistant properties, but the brand name ones (esp the twin tubes) are much brighter.
The cheap chinese ones often are only a 13W fluoro, whereas the others are 20 or 75W equivalents.

I used to run 3 of the chinese fluoros strung around the car before, but now I just have 1x ARB 75W jobbie, and a backup 20W chinese one. The chinese one rarely comes out because it is not needed with the light the ARB one puts out
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Reply By: flappa - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:00

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:00
If you want top quality that will last many many years. Versalite are the go. Not cheap though at around $110. They are almost shock proof though , and I know folks that have had them for about 10 years.

Primus also do one that slightly cheaper.

Also heard lots of good reports on the ARB lights. Good price to at around $80.

I still use the cheapo ones , but, really, its false economy.

They are adequate , but tend to last only about 12 months.

better off going for something good in the first place IMO . . .
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Reply By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:50

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:50
Rox
I have had a Colite for 5 years now with no probs so just purchased two more, not cheap though at around $100 each but hey you get what you pay for.
Got mine from a dealer in Townsville, but I think they come from The Whitsundays,
Melani I think
Member message me if you are interested and I can find out contact details
Cheers Poppy
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Reply By: Member - Steve M (SA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:51

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 13:51
I saw a new light from EvaCool (yes the fridge makers) last weekend that looked the goods. About $80 and completely waterproof. Would be worth looking at.

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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:00

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 19:00
Yea saw this 1 today. I think it was $50-70 range.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:16

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:16
Versalite/ARB/Pirahna (all the same in different packaging) have been recognised as very good, $80 to $110 deoending on where you buy. Arlec, $50 from Supercheap is actually a little brighter (I've tested them side by side in an ARB store). Arlec is a very robust unit but doesn't have a switch; an in line switch from Middy's will cost you $10.

Jaycar also do a good one for $16 which is not as bright as the others but still very good, way brighter than the Projecta job from KMart at $20.

I use the Arlec outside the camper to light up the campsite, the jaycar to light inside the camper and the Projecta sits in a cupboard at home.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Tony J - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 05:57

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 05:57
I have had 2 of the Arlecs. Bought the first from supercheap and it failed 3 days later. Pity I didn't keep the receipt. The second I bought from an electrical wholesale/retailer thinking the supercheap one might have been 'seconds'. Same problem only 3 weeks later, dead light. My Piranah has been going strong for 5 years now but cost 3 times more - still, cheaper in the long run.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:21

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:21
Piranha and Versalite are made in the same factory. Not sure on the ARB jobbie but probably also the same. So it gets down to "bang for buck". Which one you can buy the cheapest at the time.

Cheaper units?.........You get what you pay for. If someone is happy with one of these, then good Oh!
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:52

Friday, Apr 29, 2005 at 18:52
Thanks everyone for the info, With all the stores listed I did a run around & conpared Quality.
the ARB one is the same 1 as I bought in January just diff colour so in my opinion out of the same factory. It also looks like the Piranah.

Been to Supper cheep Twice like the Arlec ones for $50 bucks but don't like the $20 ones as the housing looks cheep.

Saw a camping shop & found a light like the bush light but no switch for $29.95 for 11watt so I bought 2 for cheeper than my previous one.

The tubes are probly the same 11watt or 13 w or 20w as you all have sugessted the housings some are cheep some are exact copys diff colour the only diff is probly in the electrics. Time will tell.

Ps my previous 4 were from the 12 volt shop called "arid silver series" had 2-3 years run out of them for aprox $80, but lack any holder so have to use velcro or gaffa tape.

Thanks again everyone.

PPS now I can SEE
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Reply By: Aandy(WA) - Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 09:01

Saturday, Apr 30, 2005 at 09:01
Can't go past the versalite for build quality but they use a less than $10 tube (generally Phillips)
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:11

Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 20:11
I'm a convert - had a play with a Versa-lite at the camping show today, show special with a canvas bag, $85. Came home with one. Build quality makes the chinese $19.95 jobbies, look, well, cheap :-)
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