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8 Low Voltage DC Lights
I started using 12 volt lighting back in the late seventies when there was not much of a selection.
Things have changed since then.
The lights on this and the following pages have a place in alternative energy, emergency, marine,
remote location and backup power systems.
They are also very popular for use in rv's, utility / service vehicles and trailers.
The lights we stock are ideal for emergency lighting and for remote
For portable and emergency fluorescent lights please
click onto the following link:
For 12, 24 and 48 volt d.c. ballasts by IOTA Engineering please
click onto the following page link:
For 12 and 24 volt d.c. Thinlite indoor fluorescent lights please click
onto the following page link:
For 12 or 24 volt d.c. Thinlite LED indoor and outdoor lights
please click onto the following page link:
For 12 volt d.c. Thinlite outdoor fluorescent lights please click onto
the following page link:
For Thin-Lite replacement ballasts please click
onto the following link:
For Thin-Lite replacement lenses / diffusers please
click onto the following link:
A note on using low voltage d.c. lighting along with an
Many people use an inverter to power their home or remote site.
Lately we have been getting calls from people who have had their inverter
fail and are without lights.
The common theme is the helplessness in having a sizeable investment in
solar panels or a wind generator in addition to batteries, then having to use
kerosene lamps or flashlights for weeks until the inverter comes back
Some of our customers are starting to use low voltage lighting to keep
from having to operate their inverters around the clock.
This reduces the noise level, cuts down on the battery drain as well as
extending the life of both the inverter and battery bank.
A note on fluorescent light tubes:
The lifespan rating on fluorescent tubes is usually based on a minimum run
time of three hours at a time.
The more you turn a fluorescent lamp on and off, the shorter the lifespan will
For a location such as a closet or hallway, where the light will only be on
for a short period of time, a halogen light may be a better choice.
Also, when you use a D.C. fluorescent lamp on low battery power it is harder
to get the lamp to light.
This will also greatly shorten the life of the tube and the ballast.
Make sure that the output wattage of the ballast is enough to operate the
fluorescent tube that you are planning to use.
A note on low voltage DC fluorescent light ballasts:
Low voltage D.C. ballasts (12, 24 or 48 volts ) are made to be used on DC only!
Operating them on too high of a D.C. voltage or any A.C. voltage can easily
ruin them and void any warranty.
If they are run at too low of a battery voltage, the ballast lifespan will be greatly
The low voltage makes them work too hard to start and pulls enough amperage
to overheat them.
Trying to light a fluorescent tube that has a higher wattage than the ballast is
designed for can overload and burn out the ballast as well as damage the tube.
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and catalogue numbers of the items you need.
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