I finally figured out how to best use the 12 volt LED lamp I bought a few months ago. I went to the store and purchased a small night stand 110 volt lamp with a shade for $9.00 and converted it to accept the 12 volt LED lamp. It turned out very well. For long term emergency lighting this will work for me!
Here’s where I purchased the LED from:
Bulb Type: BA15S Base (Single Contact)
Lumen Color Temperature: White 6000K
Working Voltage:10 - 30 V DC
Power: 3.6 Watt
LED: 30 LED’s
200 days warranty!
At the auto parts store and purchased a 12 volt lamp socket for the LED and to make the power connection.
Next I disassembled the 110 volt lamp socket and entirely removed the incandescent 110 volt lamp socket/switch assembly.
I used the 110 volt power cord for the 12 volt power cord and wired it to the automotive socket. To mount the 12 volt socket into the area where the much larger 110 volt socket was I used LocTite’s Power Grab (the white stuff around the base of the LED lamp socket). It filled the gaps between the two nicely and holds the assembly together securely.
The completed lamp.
The brightness, as you can see is more than enough to read with and do normal kitchen cores. It does fill the area with plenty of comfortable light for those times when the electric is out.
I happen to have a 4 year old but still good car battery to use for the power source. I connected the lamp to the battery with two alligator clips. The lamp uses only 3.6 watts so using a battery of this size would power this light easily for weeks with every night use. A battery box will be added for safety.