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Post by Pete Taylor on Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:09 pm

Has anyone replaced the awfully tacky Frilight wardrobe light/switch unit with something of better quality? Ours seems to have developed loose/dirty/high resistance contacts and the result ranges between no light, dim light, flickering light to full brightness. I've tried to dismantle it but it is one of those flimsy click-together units which will break apart very easily, it has already cracked.
I've even searched the risible Frilght website (still announcing new products for 2014!) but they don't list this part anymore, nothing on e-bay, etc.

Any suggestions welcome- particularly from owners of recent vehicles, surely A-S are fitting something better these days?  Whistle1

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Post by Traficlady on Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:24 am

There isn’t a light in our wardrobes. We bought rechargeable movement sensing lights on magnetic strips from Amazon and stuck the strips on the ceilings. They last quite well.

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Post by Dare-devil-dennis on Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:16 am

+1 for motion activated puck lights. we have one in the washroom for night time use.

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Post by Gromit on Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:54 am

Dare-devil-dennis wrote:+1 for motion activated puck lights. we have one in the washroom for night time use.

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Why didn't I think of that Dennis!!!  shrugg

Such a simple and obvious way to overcome the bleary eyed groping for the light switch during the several nocturnal wanderings!

Too obvious maybe. Thanks for the tip.  up!
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Post by Pete Taylor on Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:49 pm

Dare-devil-dennis wrote:+1 for motion activated puck lights. we have one in the washroom for night time use.

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Dennis, your Stanton is a couple of years newer than ours, does it not have the Frilite unit, which turns on (or not!) when the door is opened?

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Post by Dare-devil-dennis on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:45 pm

No Pete, you have to reach up in the dark, half asleep and feel for the light which is touch operated. Invariably, your eyes follow your hand and when the light comes on, you are dazzled! Too bright anyway for what you need to do at that time of the day. 

By the time your eyes have adjusted, you are almost too late to do what you got up for.smile!

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Post by Molly3 on Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:54 pm

The bulb has just died in mine .not a important gizmo
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Post by Pete Taylor on Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:28 pm

Dare-devil-dennis wrote:No Pete, you have to reach up in the dark, half asleep and feel for the light which is touch operated. Invariably, your eyes follow your hand and when the light comes on, you are dazzled! Too bright anyway for what you need to do at that time of the day. 

By the time your eyes have adjusted, you are almost too late to do what you got up for.smile!

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Thanks Dennis, I can see why A-S stopped using the thing we've got! I'll just get any old car-door courtesy light switch and put that in place, I think.

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Post by Pete Taylor on Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:18 pm

Found a new standard-pattern courtesy light switch on e-Bay, much better-engineered than the rubbish A-S fitted Swedish part; it looks like I will be able to fit it to the luminaire. Will post photos in due course.
Working overhead and back to front in a wardrobe is somewhat frustrating!

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Post by Paulmold on Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:34 pm

Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.

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Post by groundhog on Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:53 pm

Was it necessary to store one the fridge Paul, I am sure the normal shelf life isn't that bad... hugegrins
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Post by inspiredron on Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:39 am

Paulmold wrote:Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.
I don't think I'll buy 2 then! It's cheaper to go through the till twice!

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Post by Molly3 on Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:51 am

I never did like the wardrobe light , too easy to turn on if the door is not closed properly.. Had a motion light in toilet for years change AAA battery a couple of times a year ,if it goes of too early just wave something at it .
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Post by Paulmold on Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:13 am

inspiredron wrote:
Paulmold wrote:Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.
I don't think I'll buy 2 then!  It's cheaper to go through the till twice!
Well spotted - 2 for £10

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Post by Askit on Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:19 pm

Paulmold wrote:
inspiredron wrote:
Paulmold wrote:Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.
I don't think I'll buy 2 then!  It's cheaper to go through the till twice!
Well spotted - 2 for £10

Not as odd as you might think, Morrisons had bunched herbs yesterday at 72p a packet or two for £1.50 scratch head

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Post by Cymro on Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:32 pm

Molly3 wrote: Had a motion light in toilet for years ......

What a discerning light, to be able to distinguish between .... won't elaborate!
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Post by Pete Taylor on Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:46 pm

Cymro wrote:
Molly3 wrote: Had a motion light in toilet for years ......

What a discerning light, to be able to distinguish between .... won't elaborate!
Are you taking the..... mick?  biggrin

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Post by Leytonexile on Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:15 am

Paulmold wrote:Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.
?? Think I'll just buy one. Twice!
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:28 am

Leytonexile wrote:
Paulmold wrote:Motion activated led lights in Lidl at moment. Battery operated, £5.99 each or two for £20. I've put one in wardrobe and one in fridge.
?? Think I'll just buy one. Twice!

Already pointed out and corrected earlier in thread.

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Post by Dbvwt on Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:20 pm

Went into my local Lidl today to have a look at the lights and buy some of their German ham that I enjoy.
Thought I had walked into the wrong shop, since last week it had been “redesigned”.
Very nice but there was nothing wrong with the old design.
Couldn’t find my ham let alone the lights so went to Tesco!!
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Post by MelB on Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:11 am

Molly3 wrote:I never did like the wardrobe light , too easy to turn on if the door is not closed properly..
Same here. My other half has a knack of leaving the wardrobe door open and light on [I admit I have done it a few times]. As a replacement, a motion activated LED light is a must.
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Post by Pete Taylor on Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:49 am

Daft question-  smile!  will the clothes/hangers swinging about as you drive not turn on the light with a motion sensor?

I think the only way we will know this for certain is for one of you to get a "small person" to sit very still in the wardrobe (door closed) and for you to drive around the block a couple of times.  innocent

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Post by MelB on Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:13 am

Pete Taylor wrote:Daft question-  smile!  will the clothes/hangers swinging about as you drive not turn on the light with a motion sensor?
Its food for thought Pete. I have a few switch on/off battery lights...might use one of these instead of a 'motion' one.
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Post by Gromit on Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:18 am

Pete Taylor wrote:Daft question-  smile!  will the clothes/hangers swinging about as you drive not turn on the light with a motion sensor?

I think the only way we will know this for certain is for one of you to get a "small person" to sit very still in the wardrobe (door closed) and for you to drive around the block a couple of times.  innocent
Very sensible question I would say, and I suspect the answer is "Yes".

This could be a creative (i.e. daft smile! ) way of checking, without the use of a suitable small person!  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Tape a leaf onto the surface and fix it near the light before driving some distance. You may have to run a test to ensure the paper is sensitive enough to the very weak light (compared to the sun) but it will probably work well enough check if the light does come on while driving - or just moving around in the van.
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Post by ccxmuk on Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:36 pm

Are most motion sensors not IR based (ie detect movement of heated objects?)

Yes, but that doesn't stop my cat scarer going off all the time when it's windy.  rolleyes

I think it needs only a tiny difference in heat between that of the object and the background, and it will trigger.

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