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Old 12-10-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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Does it make any sense that just the light in the switch for my arctic pack could be burnt out, and still have the heat pads working? That what seems to be the case. Are those switch lights available at most RV stores?

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:39 AM   #2
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I am in NO way an electrical expert............however

if the light in the switch for the arctic package were wired in "series" as opposed to "parallel"......this is where the experts can explain the difference in a wiring schematic.........if the light were burnt out, the heating package would NOT work because there would be an "open" in the complete electrical circuit. Conversely, if there were a malfunction or "open" in the actual heating pad of the arctic package, the light in the switch would not light up when you turned it on. No light anytime, would indicate to the user there is a problem. You figure it out where now.

Personally, I think this is always the better way to wire circuits when there are indicator lights in a circuit. From what you're describing, you've somehow determined the heating pads are working, without the switch light being on. Guess you really don't need a light in the switch afterall, just look at the physical position of the it "on" or "off"?

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Old 12-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #3
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I've had the lighted switches go out on the water pump and the stairs. They seem to burn out easy but still function.
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:07 PM   #4
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My arctic pak light burned out after the second time we used it. I replaced it with one that is amber so I know if I have the pump on (red) or the artic pak (amber) when I glance at it from a distance. You need to be sure if you replace it that the bulb inside the switch is 12 volts. They make the same switch in a 120 Volt version as well.

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Old 12-10-2010, 01:06 PM   #5
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