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Old 08-30-2014, 07:19 AM   #1
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Inside ceiling lights

Hi I have a question about the ceiling lights in my RV. These are the ones that have two bulbs. Our problem is that only halve of the bulbs work. In other words with two bulbs in the fixture only one side is working. I am thinking that one half of the fixtur operates on the 12 volt system while the other half works when pluged into 110v that runs through the inverter. Is this how they work or am I totally wrong. Anyway I have to get these fixed soon.

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Old 08-30-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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If you are talking about the 12" double fluorescent fixtures, they always run off 12VDC, and both tubes should always be lit when on. If you have more than one fixture, do all of them act the same? If you have replaced the tubes, do all of the fixtures still act the same? If so, I'd suspect a wiring problem. Have you made any mods lately?

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Old 08-30-2014, 09:33 AM   #3
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Rare indeed is the RV that has dual 12v & 120v light fixtures, and I don't know of any Fleetwood model that offers that. You didn't mention an RV year/make/model, but sight unseen I'm willing to bet the bulbs are all 12v.

Typically the switch is a two-way, so that it lights one bulb in one position and both bulbs in the other. Have you tried that?
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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Okay, I figured out my problem. It was the light bulb socket had a part and a spring that apparently decieded to leave the coach with no one looking. So I went to my RV parts center and purchased a new light fixture and replaced it. Now it works as advertised. I also learned that it was a 2 position switch push it a little 1 bulb turned on push it further and both bulbs turn on. They are only 12 volt DC lights not 110v as I was thinking. So now I have that fixed and I have several other small jobs that will now get attention.

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Old 08-31-2014, 01:35 PM   #5
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This is fairly common epically if you use 1156 lamps, LED lamps or 1141 the part lasts longer.. OH, I you are in southern GA. I have a dozen of them (the part that went AWOL that is) new and on bubble cards.

I also have a box of LED's awaiting park owner to deliver (Likely Thrusday since I told him I'd pick them up then if he did not deliver sooner) so I likely will never use all of the inserts.
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