12 volt lighting

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:27
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Just interested in what type of 12volt lights or fluoros people use. I'm in the process of getting gear for my camper. Any help with this choice will save me a lot of time.

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Reply By: Member - Ken - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:42

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:42
Evening Mick

Just type - Fluro - as a keyword in the archive search box, and 'aladdins fluro cave' will open immediately.

You will find all you want in there
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:14

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:14
check out post 8592 re the RF noise thing.
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Reply By: Member - Eric- Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:48

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 22:48
using the ones supplied by ARB , very happyVenus Bay
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:03

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:03
We use three Nelson ELV 12V/12W compact fluro bulbs - draw about 1 AMP each. Available from Bunnings or specialist lighting outlets.
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:05

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:05
We use three Nelson ELV 12V/12W compact fluro bulbs - draw about 1 AMP each. Available from Bunnings or specialist lighting outlets.
Problem with most 12V fluros is the RF noise that they generate, which plays merry hell with weak AM radio stations or HF communications radios.
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 22:01

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 22:01
Forgot to mention - the Nelson ELV's have built in RF suppression and do not make the noise that the straight fluro types do.
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Reply By: joc45 - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:40

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2003 at 23:40
Only go for modern CFLs; much more efficient than the old straight flouros.
Check out www.jaycar.com.au, then search on category "lighting", subcategory "flourescent lights". A good range, including ST3006.
Gerry
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Reply By: BHarrison - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 00:28

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 00:28
Jaycar fluro for $17-00 approx is just as bright as the burnbrites ARBs etc its just a little uglier in its tough cheap yellow plastic housing.

http://www1.jaycar.com.au

STOCK-CODE: ST3032 RRP: $16.75
Qty 1+ $16.75
12V Auto Work light

This 12V Auto work lamp draws a little over an amp and is supplied with 4.5m power cord with a cigarette lighter socket for easy connection.
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Reply By: Phil G - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 10:51

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 10:51
I've used the Jaycar $17 fluoros for over a year - no problems - great light. Mount the fluoro horizontally on top of a pole and you'll get lots more light.
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Follow Up By: Rob H - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:35

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:35
Any tips for how to achieve that horizontal mount - my Jaycar fluoro always seems so unstable
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:48

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:48
Rob,

For freestanding, I have a base hammered into the ground (tentpeg welded to 6 inch length of 25mm RHS steel); Aluminium tent pole fits into it, and the light hooks on to the top of the pole by a bent section of 13mmRHS taped to the light. I run the light off a 12v 7Ah gelcell.

I also use a similar system for the back of the car. A piece of steel tube slots into my roofrack and an identical fluoro sits on it, perched above my rear door and table.
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Follow Up By: Rob H - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:52

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 11:52
Phil - like your style
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog Morgan (Vic) - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 17:54

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 17:54
Phil, is this the Fluro you were using when we did the border track a coupla years ago with Dave Z. If not how does it compare. I think I'll pick up a couple myself as I'm sick of broken mantels.
I may be mad but I'm not crazy
Hooroo
Ray
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 18:24

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 18:24
Ray,

Great to hear from you! Looks like you've changed vehicles.

That fluoro was a 10 year old Jaycar fluoro with a 15watt straight tube that cost $30 back then and still works fine.

Cheers
Phil
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 12:06

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 12:06
I'm about to build up a set of 12v LED lights for use in the camper.

Each light draws 100mA , so about 10 lights for the draw of one flouro.

Other then that . . . Versalites are good. We also have a Marine 12v light that has halogen bulbs . . . its a beauty.
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 13:21

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 13:21
I'd be interested in how you go with the LEDs. Disadvantages in our application are the limited 20 degree span, and it takes a heap of them to get enough light. Thats why I went back to fluoros. Also, the high output LEDs cost a lot of money. The Jaycar Fluoros have the same tube and output as the Versalite, but the hardware is "cheap" looking. I bought two of them for $30, so they are excellent value.
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Follow Up By: flappan - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 13:59

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 13:59
Yep, depends on your requirements. I will still use the flouro as general lighting, but probably use these where being so directional isn't such a problem . . . ie Reading light and Kitchen light. Use them in groups of 2. The kits are about $14 each . . .
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Follow Up By: Coops (Pilbara) - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 14:42

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 14:42
I have the 12V Luxeon LED interior lights made by George. Will have to get back to you on his website deteails. Try a search on this forum as we've spoken about it before here.
Everyone remarks on how bright they are and they draw less than 100 mA. Great for car interior but cost $25 US. Well worth it as they are supposed to last 100 000 hours and superior product. I have no qualms in recommending them or purchasing more for my trailer when I go down that path.Allyn
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Follow Up By: Rob H - Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 15:38

Saturday, Nov 29, 2003 at 15:38
Flappan

Where are you getting your kits for $14
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Reply By: kenny - Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 17:52

Thursday, Nov 27, 2003 at 17:52
I run a 13watt energy efficient 240 volt bulb on a 3m lead made from 2 core switch wire through a inverter . Bulbs are cheap and available from supermarkets etc and throw a brilliant light , there are also a multitude of 240 work shop lights for under $10 which will work well through the inverter . The 13 watt bulb and inverter draw a bit over 1.1amps .
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 00:19

Friday, Nov 28, 2003 at 00:19
Same as Eric the arb jobby 12 volt 1 amp with rf suppression.
nice and bright i think its 11 or 12 watt.
will mount nicely on the pole over my new kitchen????1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
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