Do they make 12volt DC Compact Florescent bulbs?
I have not seen them in stores, but that dont mean they are not made.
I am asking because a friend has a cabin and dont have electricity
nearby. They want a fortune to run the lines and hook it up. He is
considering a generator, but for now he put a fixture on the ceiling
in each room, with a switch for each room, and installed these 12V
bulbs made for 12V trouble lights. Then he hooked a 12V car battery
to it the system. It works well, as long as he dont turn on too many
lights at once, but it drains the battery pretty fast. That got me
wondering if they do make the compact florescents. I know they would
last much longer on a battery. Anyone know?
inverters lose or waste power in conversion. they do sell 12 volt
regular fluroscnts for camping and RVs.......
any cabins campsites nearby?
had a fiend with this problem he ran a underground line to the nearest
cabin and connected t them and split the power bill.
there are a variety of possible solutions how much does the power
company want for a line?
I never knew they lost power, but I own one and it's noisy and they
just dont seem to work the greatest. Of course mine was a real cheap
thing. I never tried a light on it, but it barely wont run an small
elec. drill. I dont even know were I put the thing, I was not
impressed by it.
Not even close.
I dont know the exact amount but he said it was well over 3 grand.
This is just a weekend getaway a few times a year so he dont want to
pay for the service and pay a monthly bill too. He said his battery
setup is just fine if only he could get bulbs that dont drain the
battery so fast. He has a RV thing that charges 2 batteries so when
he needs a charge he puts the battery in his pickup, and has quick
clip on cables. It really is a decent setup for little money
Add a couple marine batteries and if a truck can get to the cabin
charge directly from truck using cables to home.or a generator with
both 12 volt and 120 outputs.
a larger battery bank will have greater capacity. .
You can get 12 volt fluorescent lamps on Ebay. they are made for
mechanics who work on vehicles. Some wiring, and also to mount the
lamps to the ceiling or to the wall. You've got light for awhile,
until the power comes back on and you recharge your battery.
An inverter is also a good idea. And a float charger to keep the
battery charged. Disconnect the inverter when not being used, it may
drain the battery.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Just what the doctor ordered....
I didn't think they were made.
Just curious what search phrase you used.
I tried "12volt compact florescent" got nothing but some discussion
group that was useless.
Well, I cheated. Someone gave me the
link several years ago to use the lamps
for shooting video where you need
external light and 110 is not there or
I just now tried Googling "DC Compact
Fluorescent Lamp" (in quotes) and it
came up with
that company and it looks like others
They used whale-oil lamps. Really. Rockefeller, who brought the cost of a
gallon of Kerosene down from $3.00/gallon to less than five cents,
effectively brought an end to the whaling business. If John D. were to try
that today, the government would be all over his butt claiming "unfair
Wait... Never mind.
Excellent suggestion. I've got five for emergencies. They burn about 1 cup
of Kerosene in two hours. Five gallons of Kerosene (which NEVER goes bad)
should last for a month.
If he wants to be modern, high-tech, and money is no object, get Coleman
camp lanterns. They put out more light than a piddly 60-watt (or florescent
equivalent) bulb anyway.
If you are talking about gasoline or white gas burning lanterns then I
must disagree. Gasoline lanterns such as the Coleman type are
unsuitable for use indoors. The fuel is flammable as opposed to
Flammable liquids give of ignitable vapors at normal ambient temperature
and pressure. Those vapors are heavier than air and will flow along the
floor like water and accumulate in low spots until and ignition source
is encountered. One cup of gasoline can, under the worst circumstances,
generate the explosive power of an entire stick of dynamite.
Combustible liquids must be preheated, wicked, or atomized to make them
That difference makes white gas and gasoline a much poorer choice for a
fuel source for emergency use. If you want a brighter liquid fueled
light then consider an Aladdin mantle lantern. Those burn as bright as
a sixty watt incandescent electric light bulb but they are silent in
operation and the kerosene that they burn for fuel is safer to store and
handle. For a pressurized mantle lantern the Britelyt Petromax lanterns
would be the way to go. There are cooking and heating adapters made for
the Britelyt lanterns which adds to there versatility in emergency
situations. There biggest advantage over the gas fueled lanterns is
that they will burn a wide variety of flammable and combustible liquids.
For indoor use Kerosene should be the liquid fuel of choice because
it's lower flash point makes it safer to use and store.
Well we aren\'t no thin blue heroes and yet we aren\'t no blackguards to.
On Sun, 17 Dec 2006 16:28:35 GMT, "Thomas D. Horne, FF EMT"
I agree on the gas or coleman fuel. I wont use that indoors. I got
one that I have used outside for both camping and at home when the car
is broke, or a sick animal or building stuff after dark.
I have used kerosene lamps indoors and feel pretty safe with them as
long as there are no cats in the house that could knock it over.
I have heard of those aladdin lamps, in fact I think I saw one once
when camping. But where do you get them. I assume they use kerosene.
You might look at camping lanterns and such. An example:
LED lights would burn longer. I have a light kit from Home Depot
for outdoor use. It recharges with a little solar panel during the
day. Those LED lights don't look like much but put out a lot of light.
I forgot to ask. Whats the name of that LED kit? Is that like those
sidewalk lights or what? I cant imagine LEDs being bright enough, but
I never really looked at a thing like that. Just the flashlights. My
LED flashlights are fine for what it do, but surely not what I'd call
bright. I'd be interested in seeing a lumen chart (I think thats the
correct wording?). In other words, light output rating, compared to
indecesant and florescent. I run mostly all compact florescents in my
house and garage. They do a decent job. Most are the equivalabt to a
60W or a 100W bulb and only use 13 and 22 watts.
One disadvantage to them, in my garage they take forever to get to
full brightness in winter. I usually change half of them to standard
bulbs when it gets real cold. I dont spend much time in there anyhow
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