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!
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.