12 volt solar kitchen light Bright light/night light

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  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++

    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 Mosquito Sailor

    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 Monkey

    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 God Bless those who have served. Site Supporter+

    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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