Portable 12 volt exterior lights

Submitted: Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:01
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Cobradave in another thread asked about 12volt Fluoro Lights so I thought I would start another thread on the subject. Steve Gibbs recommended a COL-LITE to me some time ago so we purchased one. It costs from memory about $110 and gives aabout the same amount of light as the VersaLite that have twin tubes about 30cm long. It is has a 15 Watt single fluoro about 50cm long and is in a sealed tube like the 240volt mechanics lights, and has the following details on the side. COL-LITE Transistorisied Fluorecent Space Light. Volts 12V DC Watts 15W Amps 0.8A COL-LITE products Phone (07) 5494 4655 Fax (07) 5494 4669 Factory: MS 16 Ahern Road, Conondale 4552. I put a 2 pin low voltage plug on so that it can easily plug into our under awning outside plug. It gives a pretty good light and only uses a little power.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:03

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:03
Dave, All I have for outside is a Col-lite, well two actually, one over camp kitchen/stove one over table in centre of annexe for eating /reading. The BT light is really good for getting key into lock at night that's about all .... draws a bit of current also. Up until yesterday I plugged these into a lead from Andersen plug ... now I have an outlet in top fridge vent ..... pic in Album. I know its a pain plugging them in but seems to be the best solution to date. Sometimes I just zip clip it to the annexe box clips. The Col-lites I'm using are out of my boat back in 1992 ...had one under each gunwale for night fishing in Moreton Bay. They are a quality light .. only one has had a tube change. The only other one I've seen of quality is the Versalite (sp) I am currently looking at the Hella LED trailer light in white with a view to replacing the original housing/light with it .... Anthony
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:04

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:04
Hi Anthony,
As for the power drain of those BT lights, I'm not
so worried about miniscule amounts, that's why we have all those solar panels
and batteries, afterall , the loss is usually replenished the next day anyway,
however it is the whiteness of the light that I am chasing, hence the need for
fluro lights. Maybe a lighting store has something, I'll check around. Thanks
for the suggestions .
David
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:05

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:05
CobraDave, Your comments about exterior light got me thinking about how poor the standard light is, so I went around to our local lighting shop and they had a hugh range of 12 volt lights now that a lot of houses have low voltage lights. I bought a wall mounted light that can be adjusted in all directions and has a 35watt 2 pin globe. I joined it into the existing light circuit and then turned off the normal external light with the push switch fitted into the back of that light. You can get 20 - 35 or 50 Watt globes. The 35 watt uses about 3amps and gives a pretty good light. Brian.
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:06

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:06
Brian,
Thanks for the follow up. I'll be in Brisbane (big
smoke) later this week and will visit a few lighting stores to see what they
offer. Will keep you posted.
David
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:07

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:07
Brian, Where did you mount that light ? Is it a spot type beam or spread ? Anthony
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:08

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:08
I put it on the same level as the stanard light and just to the side of the window so that I could have one of the 2 screws going into the Aluminium wall frame. It is a spot type light so that outside cooking or as Dave wants, book reading can be done. I just ran the wires inside the overhead cupboards. Brian
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Reply By: Deleted User - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:09

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 08:09
Brian, Thanks ... looks like Cania will have its moments as a Owner Modification Festival. [smile] Much to the chagrin of the ladies I'm sure !!!!! Anthony
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