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Old 10-08-2019, 01:43 PM   #1
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Low voltage lighting from local hardware (lowes, home depot)

Will these low voltage 12 volt lights work directly off the 12 volt convertor onboard or should they be run with the 120 power supplies sold in the stores that do the conversion?
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Which 12v lights?

Both types are commonly found in stores, along with several other low voltage systems.

If it's a genuine 12v light, then you could wire it to a suitable adaptor to CV connect to your 12v power.

If it needs 110, then stick to 110. Unless you are comfortable tinkering with electricity, don't mix and match
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Which 12v lights?

Both types are commonly found in stores, along with several other low voltage systems.

If it's a genuine 12v light, then you could wire it to a suitable adaptor to CV connect to your 12v power.

If it needs 110, then stick to 110. Unless you are comfortable tinkering with electricity, don't mix and match
Lowes and Home Depot, as examples, sell low voltage outdoor lighting. These state they are 12 volt. Typically a homeowner buys the corresponding power supply which converts the 120volt electric to 12v dc. But on an RV we already have 12v power readily accessible, can this source power these fixtures from places like Lowes or Home Depot or better off buying their converter and starting with base 120volt as the source?
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It would work, likely to be a pretty significant drain on your battery though unless your connected to shore power.
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There should be a milliamp rating on the box if you are concerned about battery draw.
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Lowes and Home Depot, as examples, sell low voltage outdoor lighting. These state they are 12 volt.
I would look very closely at those systems. Many of them were 12 volt AC systems, not 12 volt DC systems like in your rig.
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If they are 12V outdoor lights, they are AC power not DC. But I have used them very successfully on a 12V DC system. If you are using LED, you will have to keep an eye on polarity. No big deal, if they do not work one way, just flip the wires around.
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