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Swapping flourescent tube to LED tube in a portable battery light

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by ^woody^, 20 Sep 2017.

  1. ^woody^

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    I have a portable flourescent light which is a 4' standard tube powered off a 12v lead acid battery in the base.

    I want to swap the tube for an LED tube, and normally this would mean just removing the starter.

    But there is no starter in this, but there is a small board with some or other electronics on them.

    Does anyone know if this electronic board should be left in or not, and what it does?
     
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    is it worth it?
    I just wonder what a 4 foot led 12v light costs already built?
    unless you have the bits for free
     
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    I've got the LED tube already. I thought it would give a much longer run time and remove the slight flicker.
     
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    The board will convert the 12V to a much higher voltage to operate the fluorescent tube, without it you will only have the 12V from the battery.

    A standard LED replacement tube isn't likely to work well or at all with it, and unless you can get a 12V LED tube, the LED won't work with the 12V battery either.
     
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    :( That's what I suspected.
     
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