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Old 11-04-2012, 12:02 PM   #1
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Violated or Just Fooled

All these years I have been purchasing my fluorescent light tubes from RV supply companies, believing they were special "RV 12V bulbs".

I just checked the web site for a Thin-lite supplies and say this message.

Replacement Fluorescent Tubes

Sorry, just had to grump after paying high prices for RV specific products.


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Old 11-04-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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i would aggree with thinlite ,i would at least try one

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I get my replacement tubes at Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Joe's hardware (Generic name) wherever they sell florcesent lamps, Nothing special at all about the lamps, you can use natural light, soft white, warm white, harsh white, whatever you like,

Just as long as the letter number string that identifies the length, diamater and wattage is a match for the original.

There is, however, something special about the ballast. (Part of the fixture).
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #4
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the bulbs have those #s on the ends for a reason...use those #s and obtain your bulbs where ever you choose.

you definitely were not violated....

you may think you were fooled but that's your decision
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #5
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Ya.. the bulbs are not whats different, the ballast is..
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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I Google everything I have to buy for the RV now. Unbelievable how much I have saved and learned about aftermarket products and interchangeable parts. You just need to upload the part number.
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And actually it's not a "ballast" but a transformer at least in the Thinlights.
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I Google everything I have to buy for the RV now. Unbelievable how much I have saved and learned about aftermarket products and interchangeable parts. You just need to upload the part number.
We do too for almost everything we buy. Even if you don't buy it online you at least get an idea what it should cost.

For the florescent lights in our rig I never even thought about buying from anywhere other than a home improvement center. Removed the tube and took it with me to Home Depot last time. Stare and compare method.
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Same thing if you buy a 1147 bulb from most dealers. WOW what a markup.

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