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Anyone know where I might find a overhead replacement fixture that looks like this? Best picture I could find in my files.
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Re: Flourescent light fixture

Your photo is so small I couldn't really see it.
But...have you tried any RV dealers? They have lots of fixtures and maybe one that will work for you.

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Is there a reason to replace with another fluorescent fixture? I have been reading about the LED lights now available - use a lot less battery and have a decent "color" to the light. I know you want a good light over the galley, but are you sure the fluorescent is the best choice?
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As mentioned, RV stores sell many types very similar.

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Flourescent light fixture

I would like to replace with the same just to keep the salon look uniform if you know what I mean. I will check rv sites.
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Re: Flourescent light fixture

Considering the look of that fixture, you might want to take a look at Alpenglow Lights as a possible replacement. Alternately, if you are particularly attached to that fixture for some reason, you can send the fixture to Alpenglow and they can/will rewire it with their lights for a very reasonable cost. We installed two of their lights and have been very happy with the results and the performance of the lights.

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Re: Flourescent light fixture

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Is there a reason to replace with another fluorescent fixture? I have been reading about the LED lights now available - use a lot less battery and have a decent "color" to the light. I know you want a good light over the galley, but are you sure the fluorescent is the best choice?
On the subject of quality of light, I recently bought new "warm white" 12" flourescent tubes from Amazon, for the remarkably reasonable price of $3.24 each, including shipping.

The light temperature is about the same as an incandescent, very pleasant.

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I should really start a business selling these as "marine" tubes for $50 each.

BTW, when buying flourescent tubes AND LEDs, the term "warm white" is thrown around with abandon. However, the actual colour temp. is harder to lie about and is usually a fair measure of light quality. An incandescent is 2700F, and anything up to 3200F is pretty warm. I have LEDs that are 3150, and these tubes are 3000. The light from both is fine.

You see some LED products out there that are 5000F, which is very cold, still described as "warm white".

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I couldn't get the pic to come up,sooooooooo, my 02 is if you want to keep that fixture or replace it with something else you like, just replace the ballast with a 12vdc one? Yes, no, maybe? As I said just my .02
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Considering the look of that fixture, you might want to take a look at Alpenglow Lights as a possible replacement. Alternately, if you are particularly attached to that fixture for some reason, you can send the fixture to Alpenglow and they can/will rewire it with their lights for a very reasonable cost. We installed two of their lights and have been very happy with the results and the performance of the lights.

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I second that. I also replaced several of my incandescent fixtures with the Alpenglow fluorescent fixtures for a very reasonable cost. Then have both low and high settings, and you can get on with a red bulb for night sailing as well. Very good for the price.

I agree that LED use less juice and have come a long way in the last 2 years (I have 4 LED fixtures as well), but they are not very good for "room" coverage like that shown in the photo, and are still pretty steep in price for what you get.

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Re: Flourescent light fixture

JC Whitney used to have ones like this for $9.



Of course, the 1970s style crinkley plastic diffuser isn't for everyone, which is probably why they got rid of them.

Now they start around $20: Bonatrade International FLUORESCENT LIGHTS 6- TO 26-WATT 12-VOLT - JCWhitney
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