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05-15-2012 05:44 PM
TQA
Re: Flourescent light fixture

If the housing and translucent cover are OK why not buy a 12 volt flourescent wander light or [ better still LED ] from Walmart auto.

Gut your old fitting and transfer the innards from wander light. Cheaper than buying a new ballast.

You may find you need a RF choke if it is noisy on the VHF.
05-15-2012 04:38 PM
hellosailor
Re: Flourescent light fixture

broke, are there no maker's marks or anything inside it? Is the builder of your boat still in business, or would other owners of the same perhaps know?

You might prefer to replace (the pair?) with LED or something else, but in the worst case you should be able to take any similar light with the same bulb type, and cannibalize the electronics module and move it over to repair your lamp in one fairly simple operation.
05-15-2012 04:33 PM
travlineasy
Re: Flourescent light fixture

The light in the photo looks like the one I saw at West Marine TAYLORBRITE Light-int at West Marine

Good Luck,

Gary
05-14-2012 07:06 PM
chef2sail
Re: Flourescent light fixture

I also am an Alpenglow fan...we have the salon one trimmed in teak with two white and two red brightness setting. The one fixture is really well made and the LED lights dont have that bright white hospotal color. The prisimed lenses make a big differentce. The LED are also much more energy efficient.

Dave
05-14-2012 06:08 PM
JimsCAL
Re: Flourescent light fixture

Defender still sells a couple. This is one is close to the one in your pic but a bit pricey.

Malaga Fluorescent Light
05-14-2012 05:50 PM
Jetexas
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
05-14-2012 05:00 PM
padean
Re: Flourescent light fixture

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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
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.

FWIW
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.
05-14-2012 03:50 PM
AirborneSF
Re: Flourescent light fixture

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
05-14-2012 03:16 PM
MarkSF
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.

Amazon.com: Eiko 15512 - F8T5/WW Straight T5 Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb: Home Improvement Amazon.com: Eiko 15512 - F8T5/WW Straight T5 Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb: Home Improvement



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".
05-14-2012 03:01 PM
svHyLyte
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.

FWIW
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