Maybe one of you kind people (Maybe Trooper?) could help me with this problem on my Bailey Louisiana. My wife and I are of the same opinion, and that the kitchen area suffers from a lack of good electric lighting. The spots over the worktops are not really enough to give good lighting when cooking/preparing food in the area of the cooker and fridge/freezer. Does any other owner agree with this, or is it just us?....maybe our eyes are getting dim with age?? What would you suggest to improve matters?, as the ceiling is not really a good place to put a downlight as it would interfere with the opening of the shower-room door....we would appreciate any help/suggestions that you may be able to offer! Cheers, Ian
Having had the same problem in all three of our caravans, the problem was solved by putting 13watt, 12vDC fluorescent strip lights on the under side of the lockers above the sink, cooker and the worktops.The strip lights are available from caravan accessory shops or on line. These get their 12vDC from the nearest source, usually the reading lights or whatever lights are nearest, running the cable through the lockers and taping it down with duct tape. Alternatively, one could run a 12v supply round the lockers from a fused supply and tap into it where necessary. Each light, if you use 13w (which are adequate), the current drawn by each light will be approximately 1.1 amps. The fuse value would have to be big enough to take 1.1 amps x the number of lights in the circuit, e.g, if there are 4 lights, 1.1 x 4 = 4.4amps. As it is unlikely that you would have all 4 lights on at the same time, a 5amp fuse would be suitable. Fuses and fuse holders are available from any good auto spares/car accessory outlet. Caravan accessory shops tend to be more expansive for the same item simply because it is for a caravan. Go for the blade type as they are the most readily available.
It's all a matter of being a bit devious working out where the supply is coming from and thinking it through before getting started. If you are not happy working with 12vDC, just remember that it won't do you any harm unless you are wringing wet standing in a bucket of water which is connected to the battery and holding on tightly to another wire which is connected to the other terminal of the battery. You are not likely to be doing that.
If in doubt, get a qualified electrician to connect the lights up.
Try LA Leisure (they advertise on the Forum) or Waudby's caravan accessories www.waudbys.co.uk. They may be less expensive than the local caravan accessory shop. Go for the lights with the clear cover. They give out a brighter light and don't discolour with age.
Thanks for that idea Roy....it's appreciated! However, we find that we need lighting above and behind us in this area, so it looks as if we will have to find a solution at ceiling height.....maybe we will have to put a series of LED spots flush with the ceiling, and that will mean major work to remove ceiling panels etc, which we were hoping to avoid if possible.....what are these multi-LED strip lights like?....they seem slim enough? Cheers,
Hi Ian, we have never really thought the kitchen area to be too dark. I am a little baffled by your comments about adding a roof light, our Louisiana which was a late'05 build, has a 'Dome' light in the ceiling between the roof fan and the bathroom. Where the light is positioned allows some of the Light to bounce off the mirror fitted on the outside wall of the bathroom. We are moving on today from Belgium back into France today, so may not be able to see any reply.
Cheers for that Mike, but I think you may have misinterpreted the roof light!!!....what I meant was flush-mounted led spot-lights on the ceiling!! As you say, above and in front of the long mirror would be handy, the light is warm in this area, but for food prep in the evenings/after dark, we find the lighting too dim for us oldies. I would just like to brighten up the area between the sink and the fridge/freezer when we are cooking/preping in this area. At the moment I'm toying with the idea of low-profile,white LED strip lights mounted on the ceiling, switched from a convenient position, but don't want wires visible, and I don't want to make it look like a bodge job (if you know what I mean?) Maybe you could ponder the problem in your Louie when you have a spare moment?....Cheers! Ian
I can't say the kitchen area is dark in my Wyoming, same as a lou if I remember right. L.E.D. striplights would be the way to go if you wanted to brighten the area up though, try Maplin these look good , cheap enough as well I thinks, might get some for the awning, or jazz things up with the coloured set
Thanks albundy....I'll pay a visit to my local Maplin as you suggest and see what they have!.....I've been looking at stuff on Fleabay too, but I'd prefer to look at things in my hand rather than on a webpage, particularly with this kind of thing! I don't want anything cheap and nasty in our little palace on wheels!!.....I'll let you know how I get on.