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Old 04-11-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Lights out in the RV

Ok, well not all the lights but I have two sets of lights that don't work in the living room making it difficult to see at night. Do you know those things that hold two 15 watt, 18 inch lamps? Well, two of them don't work even after I put in new lamps.

I am suspect that both of these bases could go bad next to each other, but I don' know what else it could be. Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions?
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #2
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Any chance the switch on the ends have been turned off? In my unit there are 3 fixtures with florescent bulbs. Do you have one still working? Have you checked the 12 volt fuses in the electrical panel at the floor. (Dark brown metal door) If you have one fixture working and the switches are on the other 2, and fuses are good, then you may have a wire that has come loose, bulbs may not be seated properly or the ballast may be bad in those 2 fixtures. Let us know what you find.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
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Any chance the switch on the ends have been turned off? In my unit there are 3 fixtures with florescent bulbs. Do you have one still working? Have you checked the 12 volt fuses in the electrical panel at the floor. (Dark brown metal door) If you have one fixture working and the switches are on the other 2, and fuses are good, then you may have a wire that has come loose, bulbs may not be seated properly or the ballast may be bad in those 2 fixtures. Let us know what you find.
OK, I do enough to turn the switch on so I am safe there. In the Georgetown, there are 2 fixtures in the living room and one above where the driver and passenger sit. The one up front works, the other two do not.

To check the fuse, do I need to secure main power on the circuit breaker above the fuse panel prior to pulling the fuse? I agree that it could be a loose wire but I find it very odd that a loose wire could cause both of these fixtures to go bad.

Also, you mention that the ballast could be bad. I've seen industrial fixtures like this that have the ballast in them but I don't see it on here.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:47 PM   #4
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not sure if your has them or not but I have seen the starter go bad as well (Little round silver canister that twists usually in the middle of where the bulbs are)

I would suspect that maybe the two lights are in series / same ciruit and a fuse is blown or like a switch is off or a loose conncetion to either the + or - wire.
Do you have a voltage meter to test the light to see if you are getting any power to the light first?
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