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Ok.. bit of a puzzle for anyone who's got a bit more experience at this stuff.
I'm having trouble changing a lightbulb. Please don't judge me
So we have 5 small spots in the kitchen, all 12V GU4 kind.. a couple of them had blown so I duly went on Amazon and bought myself a pack of 6 LED equivalents with the idea of swapping them all out at one go. Job done.
So I swap them all out, smugly admire my handy work.. flick the light switch.. and brief flicker.. then nothing.
After the initial surprise I fish around behind one of the fittings and pull out the 12V transformer. Rated 20 to 60 watts. Hmm.. so I decide that it's some sort of energy saving feature in the transformer that prevents any current draw when the light isn't turned on. Except the LEDs only pull about 3.5 watts and thus the transformer thinks there's nothing attached.
So I have a bit of a brainwave and decide, why not wire all the LEDs in parallel from a single transformer.. so I went about fashioning a Heath Robinson bit of wiring to test my theory. Even with all 6 wired in parallel (should be 21 Watts) still a flicker and then nothing. Hmm.. ok, wire up one of the old bulbs and some of the new LED ones to the same transformer.. hallelujah, ALL of them work perfectly. Theory proved, sort of. But still can't get 6 LEDs to run on their own.
While I was dicking around with it I managed to blow the transformer by shorting it out on the 12V side.. need to get a new one now anyway.
Question to the forum.. has anyone else had this problem? What did you do? Can you recommend a suitable transformer for LEDs?
Should I just pull the lot out and wire in 240V spots instead and have done with it?
I just noticed this on another thread.
relative had one...electric window got stuck. For some reason warranty didnt cover it. To fix....best part of a grand.
Now I sort of suspect that many DOSBODDERS would be like me, and that on hearing the price of this minor repair, would bid the dealer farewell, go home and have a crack at diagnosing and fixing it myself. In fact I have done so on my old Peugeot van.
I think the resources now available to assist in this type of thing are incredible. YouTube is an immensely valuable library of how-to videos, and in many cases just following the video and installing a part sourced online is very easy.
I have replaced laptop batteries, phone batteries and screens using these resources, and taught my son how to do it too. In fact, he is now sought out by his mates as the phone fixer.
So do we think these kind of skills are diminishing, or being enhanced by the easy availability of parts and instructions.?
Over to the DOSBODS massive.
By Chewing Grass
Been looking at various vinyls that can be used for wrapping for two reasons.
1) I'm getting a roof rack, gutter mounted (I know, very very retro) for new vehicle and am thinking of two-toning the vehicle with a gloss black roof and vinyl would also might stop me scratching the paint.
2) There seems to be great scope for wrapping all sorts of other things with curves and some of the films available look really interesting.
Anyone done it at home i.e. DIY wrapping.
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