Tent Lighting

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:16
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I seem to be posting quite a bit on this site!! For our impending new Explorer soft floor C/T, we thought that since it has 12v system, we could do away with the portable interior lights and have a fixed light. I saw a fluoro light at BCF for $30 with a nice cover and has a short bit of wire. I could hang it from the top cross pole inside the tent and splice into the short wire and run it to the 12v system. It would simply fold down with the tent when leaving. Anyone else with good ideas? Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:51

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:51
As far as possible I would stick with LED lights. No heat and low current draw. There are some very good multi led fittings available that are very bright.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:55

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:55
What batteries and charging system is your 12 v for the camper?

If you get a rechargeable LED lantern, and LED torches, you can charge batteries while driving during the day when needed.

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Reply By: kev.h - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 19:43

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 19:43
Hi
LED's are the way to go just for general light ( too dull to read by ) I have two strip LED's in my camper- going to fit 2 more to brighten it up a bit- try www.modncomputers.com.au I bought mine from them 8" super brights about $7.00 each + $6.00 post
Cheers Kev
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Reply By: gonebush SA - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:04

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:04
hi, for our tent and just for outside lighting we bought those solar shed lights available from hardware stores for around $20, it surprising how long they go for on one charge and they give off a good light. we hang ours not connected to the solar charger and then through the day when needed take it outside and plug it into the panel- easy and free!, well worth it, they do come with a fair lead from the panel to the light but we choose to use it not connected as it seems easier.
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:09

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:09
while everyone is recommending LED's I still use a 12 V 12 watt fluro from bunnings (now about $32 each.)
draws 1amp per hour from your battery but provides the same light as a 60 watt 240 bulb
just get a clear plastic storage container and fit the bulb in a batten fix mounted in the screw top lid , a bit of lead with an inline switch to the battery supply and bobs your uncle . another advantage is that the bulbs travel well inside the plastic container.
we have used ours for over 3 years.

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Follow Up By: Simon C - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:31

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:31
Have to second that Howard. I purchased 2 of the fluro's from Bunnings (quite dear) but after using them for 10 days on Straddie at Xmas......very impressed. Lights up the anex and eating area very well and Wife had no commets on lightning....!!!!
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Follow Up By: On Patrol & TONI - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 21:24

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 21:24
Ditto
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 16:10

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 16:10
Better still, get the screw ones and stick them into an Arlec work light with a cig lighter socket on the end.

the work light clamps or hooks and has a switch.
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Reply By: Mandrake - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:45

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 20:45
Recently installed 2 of the BL102 from following site -
http://www.brightlightautoparts.com/NEW_LED_LIGHT_INTERIOR_EXTERIOR_LAMPS.html

They are our reading lamps when up in the bed room ...

Just bought another lamp from them AF210012P120 ( same page )

as a general purpode lamp for the annex - it looks bright enough
but not field-tested yet !!

Rgds

Steve









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Reply By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:11

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:11
The first tent lighting I saw was on a school camp at Wilson's Prom about 37 years ago. We used gas.

First my mate Tom had a go.... Then Danny, but his pants caught on fire.

It was amazing... flashes of light lit up the whole tent.






But mate..... it stank!
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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:27

Saturday, Feb 14, 2009 at 22:27
The best reading lamp setup that I have used was in the Kimberly Kamper. The lights (one on each side of the bed) were not LED but some form of incandescent 12V mounted on the end of a flexible goose neck that could be folded down alongside the mattress when not in use.
My Coromal Camper has rather useless reading lamps mounted on the central support over the beds. You can't read properly with that set up. The rest of the living area is lit with 12v Fluoros.

Does anyone have a source for the Kimberley reading lamps? (I suppose the manufacturer would be a good starting place for a search, but I haven't done that, hoping that I could pick them up as an accessory somewhere locally.)

Kingo
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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:11

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:11
Hi Kingo,

I have only seen pictures of the KK with those lights you mention. I bought a similar product for my CT from Supercheap Auto for $5. They have a cigarette socket plug attached to flexible stem and the light with a switch. They are great for night light and for reading with if you have a socket near your mattress, or could rig something up.

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Evan
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 12:42

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 12:42
Thanks Evan,

There's a Supercheap nearbye. I'll check them out.

Kingo
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Follow Up By: mowing - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:51

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 18:51
Kingo, The ones that KK use are from Hella. Really good but not cheap. Used one in my last cruiser as a navigation light.
Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 21:48

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 21:48
Thanks Mark,

I have just searched the Hella site and it looks like a basic halogen light is available on a short stalk. I think Kimberleys must modify them. The CC show will be on here next week. I'll have a bit of a sniff around.

Kingo
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Reply By: Member - Craig M (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 08:59

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 08:59
Just in case anyone is interested Supercheap sell 12v globes in the same shape and fitting as the newer domestic household BC/ES compact fluroescents that everyone has been told to buy now to save the planet.

Craig
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Follow Up By:- Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:13

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:13
Put one in a work light hosuing from bunnings ($9) and attach a 12 volt plug to the end and you have an awesome camp light
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Reply By: stevesub - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:42

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 09:42
I don't know why no one but us uses the following

We have an inverter 12VDC to 230VAC and run a normal household plug in fluro that everyone is replacing their light bulbs with.

Cheap, reliable and heaps of light with low current draw.

We are usually using the inverter for the laptop anyway.

We just have a normal bayonet light socket on a cable with a normal 3 pin plug on the other end. One is setup permanently in the Troopy and we have a second one for the tent.

Plenty of light for reading from a 11W fluro.

Stevesub
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 14:36

Sunday, Feb 15, 2009 at 14:36
LED headlight for each head

Bob
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