Ron, I was going in the direction you did. Can I safely assume you clipped the wires right above the in order to be able to solder properly.
Quote from: Bangorbob on January 11, 2021, 03:58:57 pmRon, I was going in the direction you did. Can I safely assume you clipped the wires right above the in order to be able to solder properly.Please clarify your quote.If doing the simple conversion (no night light) the only thing you would reuse is the switch. Everything else "electrically related" is discarded. Every wire is thrown away. I suppose you could repurpose the wires, but the wiring will not be the same.If you will be adding the night light, then even the original 2-position switch is replaced because you'll need a 3-position switch.
Don, you surely make a good point. I could have replaced the fixtures. I converted instead of replaced for a few different reasons.1) very low power consumption, only 3.3W per fixture when every-other circuit is disabled2) the addition of a night light on every fixture3) the imprints in our cloth material ceiling would be unchanged4) save moneySix years ago, the fixtures you shared were a lot more expensive. Still today, the existing florescent fixtures can be converted to LED for about $1.33 per fixture. Adding a night light feature increases the conversion to $3.50 because of the price for the 3-position switch and an additional reel of LEDs. One reel could have been utilized but I wanted every fixture fully converted and with a night light.One thing certain, you gotta love "tinkering" to convert rather than replace because today the savings (with no light light) saves roughly $10.66 per unit.I highly recommend deactivating every-other LED circuit like I did over our bed. Light intensity it still great, but the power per fixture is a very low 3.3 watts, making lighting very easy on the house batteries, important for us who boondock a lot. Another benefit with every-other circuit disabled, there is more heat-sinking for the working ones.
In order to remove the circuit board/etc, did you cut the black and white wires that feed into the light? I assumed you removed the unit from the ceiling and did the work on your bench. I am only going to using the switch.
If you get new fixtures that don't match the original shape I wouldn't worry. Any visible indent will disappear in time, and can be coaxed out with a brush. You can't even see on the ceiling where I removed the head-banger DVD cabinet by the coach door last year.
Well, I totally trashed the rocker switch trying to remove. Anyway, my eyes and hands aren't that good anymore to do any micro work. Darn shaking hands!! Anyway, I ordered an led complete assy. as suggested by Don. I will tinker with the original light after I install new one. Thanks for the suggestions.