Low wattage bulbs

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  1. David27

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    Hi All,
    Does anyone know where I can get lower wattage spot lights. The ones in my van are 20 watt, but they are smaller than the standard ones at only 35mm ( two pin push in type )
    I intend to replace all my bulbs. I have two large circular ceiling lights but at present cannot work out how to get the covers off --Doh
    Thanks David
     
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    You may find if you push up on the outer ring of your light fitting and turn it may well come off. Regarding your bulbs ,you will get what you want off Ebay.lol
     
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    Thanks for the reply treetops 1. Just been out to the van and tried to push and turn, no luck. Regarding the bulbs I have looked on ebay and amazon, but have not found what i want. The problem is I cannot read the type or style number on the current bulb. David
     
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    Put a picture of your existing bulbs up on this forum and someone will be able to tell the type.

    Same for the large fitting too.
     
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    No problem David 27. But lots on ebay prob MR11,12V should be lots ,and sometimes held in place by a small circular spring .Happy hunting lol.
     
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    Good idea. I will put pictures on as soon as I can find the flipping charger lead to charge up the battery on my camera. David
     
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    @David27 a much better idea would be to replace them with LED's. Next to no power draw on them and no heat. (y)
     
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    Hi, Opened the link above and they are LED. Spec says they are 1.5Watt. David
     
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    You can get cool and warm. I put cool in the kitchen and bathroom and warm in the lounge for a softer light. I didn't bother to change the main fluorescents as they don't draw a massive current and we don't use them much. Plus I bought 8-30volt to take account of the fluctuation in battery output.

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    This is a picture of my ceiling light cover which I am having trouble removing. The van is an Elddis Autoquest 120.
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    I think it will be twist and pull David.
     
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    We bought our replacements from Peterborugh motorhome show! Can't remember the name but they were very helpful! Sorry
     
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    Mine is similar. If you flex the white plastic it should pop out from the metal band
     
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    Well done Gavlad, spot on. Obviously I was trying to detatch the metal band, which I now know is screwed to the ceiling. I now know what is inside there. 9 watt fluescent tube. I wonder if they are worth changing ? ( 2 lights on the ceiling )
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    I am just in the middle of swapping one of my fluorescents, just need to remember where I put the roll of LED's now

    I was surprised at @Badknee saying they don't take much current, our MH has a controller which displays drain on the leisure battery, ours takes nearly 3A, so definitely worth changing, although our light might be faulty, it comes on when it wants to, hence the change, it might be it is showing start up current all the time because the bulb wont light

    also watch out for voltage issues, I was warned that you can get quite a kick off the fluorescent starter even on DC, you also need remove the starter from the wiring, or better still remove it, the output voltage is not 12V DC, connect directly to the incoming cable and fit a short length of LED strip (y)
     
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    I think your right about yours @DavidG58, the guy at Peterborough we bought our LED's from showed us that although the starter took a bit of leccy when lit it was quite low. As we don't use them very much at all I decided against changing them. We use the LED down lighters 99% of the time. (y)
     
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