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Old 12-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Wife comment the twin fluorescent light over pantry was burned out. I went to pull the cover and noticed the metal box was hot. Measured temperature at 160 degrees.

I Presume it's a blown balast? Didn't know they got so hot.
How do you test it?

Hope the LED replacement thread gets a parts list soon

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Old 12-25-2012, 01:50 AM   #2
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If it is running from 12V DC then the electronic module isn't something you can test with just a meter.

There is a thread running that describes getting rid of the electronic module and tubes and replacing them with several lengths of LED strip lighting.
Allparts and the ebay supplier are given
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Have you checked out this thread yet?
Inexpensive Fluorescent to LED Upgrade
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:01 AM   #4
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Here is a great site that I have ordered from in the past:

LED Lights, Bulbs & Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS

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I've changed all my fixtures to led. No more bulb issues. They will never overheat.
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I changed all my overhead fluorescent fixtures to these LED strips. I have 4 strips in each fixture and I ran them yesterday for about 4 hours and my batteries were on bulk charge rate about 14.5 volts and they worked great. It is nice when your coach sets out in the cold and you turn the lights on they are actually bright. George 2001 Diplomat
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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White 5M 16 4ft 60leds M 3528 SMD LED Strip Lights 300LED 12V 24W Non Waterproof | eBay

Merry Christmas. Here is a part number. You can do a bit more searching and find water proof ones as well. These things have poor quality sticky tape so a couple of dabs of any kind of glue or silicon in a few places will keep them attached. You can cut these every few inches so just place them where you need them and cut to fit. I have replaced every light in our mh. I added some over our kitchen counter, under the microwave, in the spice rack area, and in several cabinets. The power connection was run to a local light that is turned on in that area. My entertainment cabinet is lined as well.
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Wife comment the twin fluorescent light over pantry was burned out. I went to pull the cover and noticed the metal box was hot. Measured temperature at 160 degrees.

I Presume it's a blown balast? Didn't know they got so hot.
How do you test it?

Hope the LED replacement thread gets a parts list soon

Jeff
I do not know how hot is to hot or how to test a ballast, but I have repaired a Thin-Lite fixture by replacing the ballast.

Thin-Lite sells replacement ballasts, (through RV parts places).
I have also heard they will rebuild their fixtures for about 1/2 the price of new.
I've also converted one florescent fixture to LED........... (save your $$)!
IMO, LED lighting is a poor substitute for real useful, useable light .... (save your $$)!
LEDs are great for saving your batteries, (but so are candles and flashlights). LOL
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The fluorescent fixture over our kitchen sink went out. Turned out it was the ballast. I checked out a new fixture--$70 +/-. New ballast and new bulbs---bout$70+/-. 2 new tubed led's--bout $60 +tx. Strip the fixture of old ballast (leave fluorescent bulb mounts), connect wires to new bulbs. The bulbs then mount in the old fixture using the original bulb mounts.
Benefits== you don't have to reconfigure a different fixture, light quality is every bit as nice as the fluorescent light and we'll never have to replace them, no heat from the ballast either.
Works well for us.

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I guttet my lights. Pulled the ballasts, bulbs, and sockets out. I am still using the switch. Plenty of light if you run 4-5 stips inside. Much cooler than the ballasts too.
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