Downlighter bulbs

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  1. gazzeroo

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    Could anyone suggest how I can remove the bulbs from the eyeball downlighters in my MH. The bulbs look as if they are sidelight bulbs. I have tried twisting them and pushing and twisting, but they wont budge. There is very little bulb protruding therefore nothing much to grip onto. I have even removed the whole light fitting to no avail. I was going to take one out to see if I could get a led replacement, there are leds to fit most types of lamps these days. Any suggestions much appreciated
    Gary
     
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    They will be 12v in your MH so they are just pull out/push in so twisting them isn't going to help. If you can't get hold of the edge they can be a pig to remove. You just need to get some purchase on them somewhere and gradually ease them out.
     
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    They should just pull out, the inner bulb and the reflector are usually a single item.

    Have you checked for a metal retainer that holds in the reflector at the front?
     
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    Can you take a photo for us to see the fitting When I changed mine to LED I simply used a pair of pliers they were G4 pushfits. A bit like pulling a tooth, gentle but firm and avoiding any breakages....Good Luck!
     
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    oh, if the lamps have a glass front I find that a suction cup can be a useful tool to get it out.
     
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    There is a reflector, I havent tried taking that out, I`ll give it a go at the weekend. No glass front unfortunately. If they just push in I might be able to prise it out with a screwdriver, will let you know how it goes. Thanks for all your suggestions, great bunch!
     
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    Hi Guys
    I have had another go at the downlighters, with little success. The reflector wont budge and I cannot get to the side of the bulb to prise it out. I have had the whole fiitting out of the hole and still cant get the bulb out. I think the only way forward is to replace the whole fitting, the existing ones are pretty ancient I would think. Does anyone know where I can buy led downlighters with an integral switch, about 70mm square. Thanks oncve again for all your advice
    Gary
     
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    There are a number of different "eyeball" fittings with different types of bulb. If it is like the one pictured (this is a double, they also come as singles) then the bulb is a bayonet cap fitting as in side lights &c. Can't remember if they are single of double end connectors. We had some in our Autoquest and obtained LED replacements from Aten Lighting.
    double-eyeball-spotlight-gold-500-p.jpg
     
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    The bulbs that are fitted are caravan bulbs and have a tapered glass bottom where they join the metal bit. You need to be brave and using a cloth push them in and twist. I don't think you would be able to replace them with LED's, I tried but LED's don't have this tapered bit and you are not able to push them in far enough to twist them into the seat.
    I got some direct replacements from ebay, 12v 20w rather than renew all the downlighters.

    Terry
     
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    I had a problem with cheap LEDs from China which were really meant as car indicator bulbs but, as I mentioned, I did subsequently get some from Aten Lighting. See Here.
     
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    Get some plastic tube that will be a tight push fit over end of bulb & use that to push & turn. Wear safety glasses . It will also prevent anything getting in your eyes or the bulb breaking a cutting your fingers to pieces.
     
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