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#17512 - 11/27/02 02:24 AM desperately needing help guys  
cyprus-dodger  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2002
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I want to use 8 x 5 foot (58w) fluoresant lights to illuminate my advertising truck.

I am not an electrician and know nothing what so ever about it and have been getting all sorts of advise and was wondering if someone here can help me.

I want to supply the power for these fluoresants from the vehicles
battery/alternator - I have been told I can get a 12 volt inverter and replace the inverter that is supplied with the household fitting and it should all work from the battery from the vehicle - I was also told I may need to upgrade the alternator, is this correct guys?

I really would appreciate any advise on this before I start this job.

Many Thanks in anticipation


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#17513 - 11/27/02 07:46 AM Re: desperately needing help guys  
sparky  Offline
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dodger, posters here would need the ##'s to do the math..i.e.~ # of lights , and voltage

#17514 - 11/27/02 11:49 AM Re: desperately needing help guys  
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Chicago Ridge, Il, USA
Save yourself the headache and buy a gas powered generator.

#17515 - 11/27/02 01:07 PM Re: desperately needing help guys  
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I have infact just had one of my trucks fitted with fluoresants supplied by a Honda petrol generator - that followed a failure with a dc to ac 1000w inverter which was not any good, I just thought it would be a less cost effective way of converting my other trucks plus it would be less hassle.

Is the generator the way to go guys - What do you think?


#17516 - 11/27/02 02:45 PM Re: desperately needing help guys  
j a harrison  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 106
southampton, england
hey mate,

dont bother with an alternator/inverter,

to much $$$,

get a gen set its cheaper in the long run.

cheers and good luck.

also get a certified electrical contractor to check out the installation BEFORE you connect it to an electrical supply.

Safety first, because even if it supplied from a gen set it can still kill you.

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