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Old 07-22-2017, 01:43 PM   #1
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Captains reading lights 12 volt?

Are the Captains reading lights hooked up to 12 volts or are they 120 volts and you need to be plugged in?


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the ones supplied by Escape are 12V.
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Thanks, Vermilye and Rbryan4.
The picture they show on their website, the leds look suspiciously like leds that I put in a fixture over my fireplace.
My wife can't use the led by the sink because it is very bright and shining in her eyes.
I'm not sure how the captains light would be that much different for her.
She uses a petzel head lamp but every time she turns to talk to me, I get blinded.


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My wife can't use the led by the sink because it is very bright and shining in her eyes.
You can replace the LED bulbs in the dome fixtures with ones that aren't as bright. The stock bulbs are "Daylight White" or 5500 Kelvin, but they also make "Warm White" or 3500 Kelvin. Much more pleasing light IMHO.

https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Group...DZVCAF0W94MRSA
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I'm not sure how the captains light would be that much different for her.
Ours at the bed are behind us when reading in bed so no problem. In fact, really like them.
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I agree with the lower Kelvin, others may not. All personal taste. For some of the ceiling fixtures I have cut parchment paper to size and inserted inside the lens. No heat issue with LED and find that helps to diffuse the brightness, it does not change the color however.

The next step is the purchase of special filters used in theatrical lighting. Not sure I want to find and order the correct film. Superbrightleds worked well for me.
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Thanks everyone.
The amazon link looks promising.


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Greetings, Paul! I have no idea about the lower Kelvin. Never tried them. But I do like the "upper Kelvin!" Maybe will get the others for when these need replacement. I do have parchment paper. Good idea used by some.

I think some ceiling lights can use parchment paper but our bed lights do not need it. We, however, have about half LEDs only and use certain lights more according to whether we have hook-ups.
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The same led on amazon.CA is $52.00
Wow.
Free shipping however..


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You can replace the LED bulbs in the dome fixtures with ones that aren't as bright. The stock bulbs are "Daylight White" or 5500 Kelvin, but they also make "Warm White" or 3500 Kelvin. Much more pleasing light IMHO.

https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Group...DZVCAF0W94MRSA
Thanks rbryan! I prefer warmer tones and it never occurred to me I can change them out.
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Greetings, Paul! I have no idea about the lower Kelvin. Never tried them. But I do like the "upper Kelvin!" Maybe will get the others for when these need replacement. I do have parchment paper. Good idea used by some.

I think some ceiling lights can use parchment paper but our bed lights do not need it. We, however, have about half LEDs only and use certain lights more according to whether we have hook-ups.
I've mentioned it before, but it has been awhile so it might be worth repeating.

Plastic theatrical color media comes in 20" X 24" sheets for around $7.50 each. A popular brand is Roscolux. It is a polyester or polycarbonate designed to withstand temperatures as high as 572F before melting so no problem in front of LEDs or even inside fixtures. It lasts hours in front of 500 - 1000 watt theatrical lighting instruments...

I use #118 to soften the light from my trailer's standard LED fixtures. It comes in 100's of colors as well as a number of diffusion versions.

If you stop at a theatrical supply company you will probably be able to talk them out of a swatch book; a 1" X 3" sample book of all the colors & diffusions.
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After I installed two captains lights (check EBay for the best deal) we never use the standard LED installed ceiling lights. The captains lamps swivel and turn. Far more agreeable.
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Thanks, Vermilye and Rbryan4.
The picture they show on their website, the leds look suspiciously like leds that I put in a fixture over my fireplace.
My wife can't use the led by the sink because it is very bright and shining in her eyes.
I'm not sure how the captains light would be that much different for her.
She uses a petzel head lamp but every time she turns to talk to me, I get blinded.


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Hello John,
The Captains light swivel and I find them to be too bright if they are "looking at my book" for reading. Easy to fix ... I just swivel them and shine off the wall or the underside of the cabinetry .... then they are just right. However, if the need for brain surgery should come up in a remote camp ground, I have enough light ... I'm ready.

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I got a couple of lower kelvin (more yellowish light) bulbs for our captain's reading lamps. I like them a lot, but Lindy prefers the bright white. The Diamond bulbs that Robert pointed out are considerably less expensive than they were a year ago. I might replace some of our overhead bulbs with those.
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