12 volt solar kitchen light Bright light/night light

Discussion in 'Off Grid Living' started by budgetprepp-n, May 7, 2016.

  1. budgetprepp-n

    budgetprepp-n Monkey

    Hello new old guy here, I build most of my solar accessory's this is one of them

    I have looked and I can't find a place that sells 12 volt light fixtures for the home.

    The 12 volt LED light bulbs are to big for standard fixtures so I took the LED board out and installed it I my own fixture.

    The bulb in the center is a small led for automotive use it's very dim (194 replacement bulb)

    A three way switch was used so ether the night light or the bright light can be used independently






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  2. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    That's a cool idea. Any more, LEDs are the way to go if you're on an energy budget. I bought a travel trailer a couple years ago for use at my BOL until we get something built. There is no such thing as commercial power available, so it's either solar, or flashlights and candles. Solar means energy budget unless you're uber rich.

    First thing? Pulled all those incandescent bulbs and replace with LEDs! After checking the current draw on the typical #1141 incandescent and comparing it to an equivalent light output LED, I found that I could operate almost 5 LED towers on the same current draw.
  3. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    Just for your info, almost all RV dealers has selections of 12VDC light fixtures including LED ones. Also RV supplies/light fixtures etc on a search online will find several sources as well. Very nice job on converting your fixture.
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    I like this! A very well designed and implemented adaptation!! [winkthumb]
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  5. budgetprepp-n

    budgetprepp-n Monkey

    yea, I found the same thing, Where as incandescent pulls 60 - 70 watts this light only pulls about 9 watts.
    They call this a 12 watt bulb but doesn't pull that much. So yea about 5 to 1
    What is a LED tower? The things I'm using look like a regular bulb only a little bigger around.

    I used one of these bulbs in an out side security light that I switched over to 12 volts
    runs on a car battery and a 100 watt solar panel with a photocell to turn it off and on.
    It's really bright for only using 9 watts it's still in the experimental stage but seems to
    work well I can do a post on it if anyone is interested.

    Yes that's a good idea. It's just that I wanted a light fixture that looked like a regular light like what I'm use to.
    And even using all new stuff only have about $17 in this light (including the fixture)
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  6. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Even switching from low voltage CFL, to LEDs, will be considerable savings on power usage.

    Thanks for sharing your project with us. And, welcome to the Tree. :)
  7. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    This is how I do it. Of course I am on 12 volts so I just pick up regular fixtures and wire them in the 12 volt circuit. I started years ago with quartz bulbs ,LED was not available yet .
    Friends give me all their old used/burned out incandescent light bulbs and I bring them back to life .
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  8. Navyair

    Navyair Monkey++

    Good ideas all. My local Menards sells 12v LED's that go in conventional sized fixtures. Another option (someone already mentioned RV dealers) is boat dealers (as well as Amazon and Wally World boat/RV supplies). They generally have a good selection of both LED's and 12v fixtures.
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  9. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Here in Cambodia, 12vdc LED lamps, fans and other appliances, etc., are commonplace. Many people will run small solar arrays, or just a battery they take every few days and have charged.

    In many areas of the country, mains power still is not available. We have only had mains power here (~18 miles outside Battambang) since March of 2016. Our connection is, believe it or not, 32 ampere service. This is 230vac / 50hz, depending on the time of day, of course. :D
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  10. BenP

    BenP Monkey++

    I buy standard E6 12v bulbs on amazon or if it some weird bulb I make my own sometimes. These are 2 recessed 12v RV lights I modified to fit in my porch light and run off 24v. IMG_20180714_094809. IMG_20180714_095708. IMG_20180714_212803.
  11. BenP

    BenP Monkey++

    These are those same 12v RV recessed lights from my previous post, I got them from ebay for $2 each and put them in our house. I don't think the company is in business anymore but I bought about 10 extra for the future. I have never had one fail other than a couple I deliberately over powered to make sure they would not catch fire or anything weird. IMG_20180314_200846. IMG_20180314_201000.
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