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Old 11-02-2010, 05:04 PM   #1
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12VDC 48" fluorescent

My MH is a '96 Safari Sahara, 35', mid/side entry, no slides.
Both bedroom windows have a single 48" fluorescent tube in the valance above them. The fluorescent light operates on/with 12 VDC. (Each
valance also houses a micro-mini blind)
I would like to either replace the present kitchen two tube 120 VAC
fluorescent fixture, (or add a single tube in the same kitchen ceiling recess), and operate it on 12 VDC., with no shore, gen set or inverter power.
I have been trying to figure out how the existing are wired and/or what I need to make a 48" fluorescent tube work on/with 12VDC.
The existing bedroom fluorescent lights don't appear to have a circuit board or ballist.
Maybe I just haven't I found one yet.
Does anyone know the originals might work, or how they might be wired?
Any ideas or help would be appreciated!

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Old 11-02-2010, 09:32 PM   #2
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You need a flourescent light fixture that is specifically made to operate on 12VDC. This fixture will have a circuit in it that enables the lamp to start and to stay lit on 12VDC. Search the web and you should find several. Try ppl.com in Houston or check with your local RV supply store as they should have access to a selection of 12VDC fluorescent lamps. These fixtures come in various sizes.... 18 inches, 24 inches, 48 inches ect.

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Old 11-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #3
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The ballast is what is different on a 12v flourescent. From what I understand, it basically has a little inverter in it.
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