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Addition of lamp dimmers to bed reading lights

Addition of lamp dimmers to bed reading lights


 

Courtesy of janeandjohn.org

 

The reading lights above our bed and under the overhead cabinets are a real nice touch and another example of the Winnie designers doing an outstanding job of placing lights, electrical outlets, cigarette lighter outlets and phone jacks everywhere I could possibly want them.

Having said that, I don't particularly care for the lights they chose for the berth reading lights. When Jane is reading and I want to nod-off into la la land, the bright light that floods over bothers me (and vice versa.)

What to do... One possibility was to use a marine or automotive chart light that would focus the light and not interfere with the spouse. That would be an excellent solution and one that I might still implement. What I decided to try first was to add a 12V dimmer to each reading light to see if a lower light level might be an adequate solution to the dilemma.

While at Winnebago for factory service I bought two dimmers that Winnie uses in our bedroom to dim the overhead lamp; they were very pricey at $37.50 each (as of April 2006) however the package shows them to be a King Controls part. Maybe you can find a bargain price on the Internet somewhere.

Update May, 2010: the dimmers are used every night we are on the coach. Totally worthwhile mod!

 

.The King Controls dimmer

Here's the King Controls dimmer as purchased

Ready to drill a hole for the dimmer

Here is the funky reading light hanging down. Not a high-dollar fixture but it does its job

Dimmer wiring

All wired and ready to button it up!

All finished

Project complete!

 

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