Let There Be Light

A few days ago whilst visiting that little corner of Manchester, which will forever be Stepford [ie. B&Q in Old Trafford], I came across this packet of six brass downlights in the bargain bin, for a fiver. How could you go wrong at that price? Just the right look to complement Herman’s rustic timber interior.

Only one problem tho’, the lights were 240v only. Still, I thought it would work out cheaper to buy them at this knock-down price and convert them, than to splash out on some 12v versions.

I found a place called The Lightbulb Shop where I got 5 x 12v bulbs to fit in the light housings [£1,62 each] and also 5 bulb sockets to hold them [76p each]. Naturally the 12v and 240v versions of these bulbs have different fittings to stop you putting the wrong ones in!

240v version on the left. 12v version on the right
240v version on the left. 12v version on the right
12v fitting socket
12v fitting socket

Next, I drilled out the existing 240v fittings from inside the light housings and replaced them with the 12v housings. Unfortunately there was no way to arrange the 12v housings so that I could screw them in, so I opted to use a hot glue gun and seat them in with a blob of that.

240v fitting removed
240v fitting removed
12v fitting substituted and hot-glued in
12v fitting substituted and hot-glued in
Testing [at 4v to begin with, but I worked my way up eventually, when the house didnae burn down!]
Testing [at 4v to begin with, but I worked my way up eventually, when the house didnae burn down!]
Meta TAGS: light12v240v
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 20 Jul 2010
AUTHOR: stíobhart matulevicz