Question about 12v sockets

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  1. Mags52

    Mags52 Funster

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    In our Geist MH there are two 12v sockets in the habitation area. One is a standard size (cigarette lighter) type socket and the other is smaller. Its round but considerably smaller in diameter. I've looked on line and I can see a Hella plug to go in this socket. Is that the right one?
    I want to fit a strip of LED lights under the kitchen cupboards and this is the nearest 12v socket.
    Thanks in advance.
    Mags
     
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    yes, that is the correct plug..

    however, if you want to fit LED under-unit lighting, better hard wired into the 12v supply to the socket, with switch and in-line fuse...

    Not a big job..
     
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    Yes, the smaller is a hella (or sometimes called a DIN socket.)

    Far superior to a cig socket in that the latching system is positive and can't vibrate loose, unlike cig sockets which rely on friction between plug and socket.
    Usually a higher amperage rating as well.
     
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    Thanks for the quick response. We've had the van four years and I don't know how many times I've looked at it and wondered. Now I know. :)
     
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    The 12v sockets on the habitation side of our Burstner are all Hella but the appliances we want to use (mainly charging) all have a cig lighter plug.
    When we bought the Burstner we already had a couple of decent multi-socket adapters so I bought a couple of These Plugs and changed them on the adapters. They are good quality plugs and easy to change but I notice they have gone up a bit from £2 plus postage in 3 years.
     
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