12 volt globe for Bunnings light

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Have set up a camp light using a Bunnings trouble light as suggested on this forum but am having difficulty sourcing the Nelson ELV edison screw type globe in the Mildura Vic area.Local Bunnings and light suppliers don't have any stock.If anyone can suggest a supplier I would be most appreciative,
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 12:23

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 12:23
I believe there are two types of Edison Screw fittings in general use; Small Edison Screw (SES) and normal ES - normal being the larger of the two and about the same size as a standard bayonet cap lamp. If you need the normal ES any electrical wholesaler should have one but the smaller one may be more difficult, I know Jaycar stock them and I think they do mail order.

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Reply By: phenders88 - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 13:56

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 13:56
Is it a 12 volt light? or 240? I have seen an article on converting a trouble light to 12 volt, as Nelson have a 12 volt fluoro edison screw.

I would also like to try this, but have not yet seen the correct Nelson 12 volt fluoro bulb.

I will watch the responses with interest.
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Reply By: traveller2 - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:17

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:17
up here in Sydney the bigger Bunnings have them in stock, Nelson 12v CFL globes in both edison screw and bayonet. The Dural Bunnings has them.
Electrical wholesalers should be able to order them in too.
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Reply By: Footloose - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:25

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:25
I've missed the point here. I've always used a 12v flouro trouble light in and around camp. Cheap and easy from Kmart, Supa Cheap etc. What's the attraction of the Bunnings light ?
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:56

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 14:56
Hi Jim,
What happens is you buy a cheap Arlec 240v lead light from Bunnings, minus the globe. This model has an Edison Screw lampholder and a convenient two pole switch. It also has a spring loaded clip on the side to attach it to things.
You buy a 12volt AC/DC compact fluoro made by Nelson, it too has an ES fitting.
Put the two of them together and you have a 12 volt DC or AC fluoro light.
I made one and removed the 3-Pin plug, fitted a pair of Anderson Power Poles to prevent voltage mixups. I use Power Poles on my other 12 volt gear.

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Follow Up By: Footloose - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 16:58

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 16:58
Hi Geoff, well thats the "how" bit, but where's the "why " bit ? LOL Does it give a better or brighter light than the little 16/25w trouble flouro lights ?
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 17:12

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 17:12
Hi Jim,
Not sure if it is better, brighter or anything compared to your trouble light.
It's a 13w energy efficient fluoro just like the ones used at home. It's as bright as these.
I've never owned or used one of those 16/25w trouble lights to compare it with.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 20:36

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 20:36
These 12 volt Compact Flourescent lamps will give you more light from 12 watts than ANY other type of light.

The Nelson trouble light is an excellent holder with reflector for $12.

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Reply By: outback epicurean - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 19:54

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 19:54
Hi

I made up a light. Holder and globe obtained from Bunnings Melbourne. Lighter socket Dick Smith. About $25. Comparing normal 12 v trouble light with new fluro, definately better light. Also, much easier to attach with hook and clamp. More durable as well as 12 v fluro fairly easy to damage.

There are 2 different sizes of scre in 240 v fittings, the bigger one will alos take the 12 v globes so very easy to convert for camp use

cheers
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Follow Up By: angler - Friday, May 26, 2006 at 20:39

Friday, May 26, 2006 at 20:39
Another good trick when using camp lights is to spray paint the tube or globe with a yellow spray can. Believe me this helps keep the insects at bay. If the globe is high wattage check it out first for possible burning of the paint.
If you try this out you will not regret it, I have used both white and yellow 12V fluros at the same time and the difference in insect attraction is quite dramatic.

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Reply By: Blackie - Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 00:18

Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 00:18
Mary w I'm sure I've seen them in Bunninings in Mildura. Bottom row, last section in one of the aisles displaying all the electrical gear. At least they're the 12v globes maybe not the screw fitting.
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Reply By: Member - Mary W (VIC) - Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:05

Sunday, May 28, 2006 at 16:05
Many thanks for the replies folks.Especially for Blackie!I followed your directions and this time bingo !must have walked past it many times.
It works perfectly and I love the convenience of a switch near the globe and that beaut clamp for attaching it to the rear door or anywhere needed
Think I might set up another one
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Reply By: Blackie - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:33

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:33
How do you go about wiring up the cig socket. Does a particular wire attach to a particular spot. (As you can tell I know a lot about auto-eletrics??!!!)
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 23:26

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 23:26
I had a look at the local Bunnings for this globe myself, struth what a shock...they wanted $29 for the flippin thing, wouldn't want to break too many at that rate.
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Follow Up By: agsmky - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 06:58

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 06:58
yeh....we just bought 5 of them (for business purposes) from bunnies and 2 of them didn't work! By the looks of it, someone had returned them (sticky tape on packaging) after probably connecting them up to 240v!

By all means if you buy one, do the shake test first.......there should be no noise/rattle eminating from the light when shaken. Our makes the distinctive rattle of a stuffed fluoro.

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Reply By: revhead307 - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:02

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:02
Thanks all,

Thats what i love about this site! innovative ideas

I currently have a worklight with a 12v globe (that looks like a 240v one) rated at 50W (4Amps) as its not a flouro. best thing i have found for lighting up the camp or beach..but uses a little too much power for my liking when camping.

I had also wondered what i would do when it blows, as i had not found any replacement globes anywhere.

With the advice above, I've found 12v efficient flouro lights at Jaycar in 13w and 20w, and if they dont screw in, they have the housing so i can change mine over...

I'll get to work on my 'efficient' camping light once i get some parts

Cheers

Rev

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:07

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 11:07
yeah they are a bit cheaper than the Nelson from Bunnings. I think they use a different base.
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Reply By: W.A.Dik - Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:40

Friday, Jun 16, 2006 at 16:40
I suggest going/emailing to Light Pro Australia and inquire about thier 12 volt compact flouro's. They are not cheap($15ea) but far out perform any other form of 12 volt flourescant lighting I have dealt with in the past.The 20 watt discharges aprox 100watts worth of light,,excelent. All you need to do is get a weather proof case( I used a plastic 1ltr SPC fruit container) a bit of low voltage lead and a cig. lighter plug and you are in buisiness.
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