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Hi again, the led strip light in our wet room has a row of bulbs that are either dead or flickering. is it an easy thing to change or do i need an electrician?
its a 10 year old autotrail, but not original bathroom or lighting as was adapted. thanks.
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That depends entirely on how it is installed and wired - youneed to be able to access the wiring for that light and if it is behhind panels that may be hard.... Actually findin a replacement light strip is failry easy - I use Aten Lighting for advice and supplies - they may be more expensive than e-Ba but they work well and the advice is foc.

https://www.atenlighting.co.uk/carav...rhome-lighting

Worth asking - it may be that you can join wires close to the strip using either a soldering ron or small plug in connectiors.....

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That depends entirely on how it is installed and wired - youneed to be able to access the wiring for that light and if it is behhind panels that may be hard.... Actually findin a replacement light strip is failry easy - I use Aten Lighting for advice and supplies - they may be more expensive than e-Ba but they work well and the advice is foc.

https://www.atenlighting.co.uk/carav...rhome-lighting

Worth asking - it may be that you can join wires close to the strip using either a soldering ron or small plug in connectiors.....
thanks, i didnt think it would be simple. i will contact these as you suggest.
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Hi again, the led strip light in our wet room has a row of bulbs that are either dead or flickering.

Hi redkite, If all other lights are OK, and these specific lights are either "dead or flickering" as you say, the fault might just be a lose connection on a switch or on the light fitting.

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Take the diffuser off and check the connections, I updated all my tube lights with strip LEDs using connectors. After a period of time a couple started to flicker, after inspection I scrapped the connectors and soldered directly onto the strip.

Check it out asap as it's a potential fire hazard

Pics below showing the bad connection issue causing overheating and flickering and the fix.

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Very neat solder joint Terry, did you do that all by yourself?

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Very neat solder joint Terry, did you do that all by yourself?
All my own work Jan, I get loads of practice soldering small bits of old computer circuit boards to my grandsons space guns to upgrade them to super duper laser guns.

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Hi again, the led strip light in our wet room has a row of bulbs that are either dead or flickering. is it an easy thing to change or do i need an electrician?
its a 10 year old autotrail, but not original bathroom or lighting as was adapted. thanks.
They have probably been cheapies off ebay and have succumbed to the voltage being above 12 volts. Buy some decent ones or buy cheapies and add a voltage regulator.

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They have probably been cheapies off ebay and have succumbed to the voltage being above 12 volts. Buy some decent ones or buy cheapies and add a voltage regulator.
Or buy cheapies and accept you will have to change them more often. You can get a 5m (self adhesive) strip of waterproof ones off eBay for about a tenner, (I have about 3 strips around my patio so I can vouch they really ARE waterproof) You can cut them at any joint (every 3 LEDís ) you will need to be able to solder some wires onto the exposed contacts.

A cheap 5m will enable you to replace a LOT of vastly more expensive shorter ones!

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Or buy cheapies and accept you will have to change them more often. You can get a 5m (self adhesive) strip of waterproof ones off eBay for about a tenner, (I have about 3 strips around my patio so I can vouch they really ARE waterproof) You can cut them at any joint (every 3 LEDís ) you will need to be able to solder some wires onto the exposed contacts.

A cheap 5m will enable you to replace a LOT of vastly more expensive shorter ones!

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The expensive ones are usually rated up to 30 volts DC and last a hell of a lot longer. The only cheap ones I have bought were COB LEDs and I had to fit voltage regulators because they were melting my light fittings.

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