12v Xmas lights?

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  1. 2dogs

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    We've got a 12v external socket to connect a water pump to refill the onboard tank.
    Anyone know if I can use the socket to run some Xmas lights from?

    This would be a once off as we normally like minimum lighting around a site but as we will be away for Xmas, why not.

    Any recommendations on where to get a string of 12v Xmas lights?

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    We have the ones that come with a small solar panel, quite cheap and usually top up during the day and last a few hours at night.

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    no good reason why you shouldnt use the socket.

    its probably rated at 10amps for the water pump.
     
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    Thanks Mike, may take a look at that, just thought as the socket is on the van and I don't use it to fill the water tank I would try that option.

    Trikeman, I would assume if I only want static lights I could cut off the control box and wire it direct with the plug I have to the outside socket.

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    Not too sure about that - I think the controller would have some sort of transformer, as generally the little LEDs run on a lot lower than 12v direct. We had some for the kids parties and I cut the end off the plug and put a pair of crocodile clips on (just quick way to the battery) and that worked a treat but still the controller was on there. Ours has a 'on' mode where they all just stay on and not flash or dance about - they are quite bright for what they are.

    hope it helps.

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    Thanks Trikeman,
    I could do the same but use the plug I've got instead of croc clips.

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    We have the same as the ones in the ebay link and wire them into the 12v supply in the fridge vent. No reason why putting a socket on and using your external point should be a problem.... So says Colin. The remote control allows you to choose between static for flashing, or colour changing lights.
     
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    I hope so .... just put an order in.

    and I just thought, as the van is always plugged up at home, I could hang the lighting from the van on the house guttering when we get back:thumb:

    that'll keep her happy::bigsmile:

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    you could but look around you can get the same lights without the control for half the price.
     
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    Thanks Wildman,
    went for the control as when at home I can flash all I like:Eeek:

    just don't want to disturb next door on site::bigsmile:

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    If it is the same as ours the colour changing mode is lovely and slow.
     
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    hmm ... slow flashing:Eeek: ... I'll try anything once::bigsmile:
     
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    one point is that the pump socket on many vans is not permanent live. on mine the switch for water pump has 3 settings, internal pump for taps, off and external pump for filling the tank

    years ago we used to go to the c&cc national feast of lanterns and the local region one. we all added lights and a theme to our vans. wonderful displays they were
     
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    Thanks Big1,

    control panel in the van has pump on/off, don't even know if outside socket works yet but assume it is permanent on, will let you know how I get on.

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    Just ordered two from E bay, cheap enough aren't they, thought I would fit cigarette light type plugs on them since I have wired in a 4 socket gang direct from the leisure battery and mounted them on the panel behind the passenger seat. I can then run the leads through the partly opened window (for ventilation) which would be somewhere handy for the job.:thumb:
    So many things come with that type of plug now such as sat nav, phone charger, etc. I thought extras would be useful, also a handy spot to plug in the TV when not on EHU without cables being draped all over the place.
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