Hopefully someone on the forum has encountered this issue, I have 23 recessed Vetus Holland 12 Volt lights that currently each have two 12 Volt 6 inch F4 T5 (commonly known as 6 inch T5 tubes) with associated ballasts in each housing. I really want to keep the housings as they look incredible in my 52 Sea Ranger and I'm trying to keep everything as original as possible - I would just like to upgrade the guts to LED if possible.
Many of the ballasts have pooped out and they are quite extinct nowadays - not to mention, I just don't like the looks of them - those circuit board ballasts are not a favorite of mine and are prone to failure.
I have googled my fanny off, not to mention going to various electrical, RV and marine suppliers to no avail. Does anyone know of a retrofit for a 6 inch 12 volt T5 fluorescent bulb or any other "out of the box" solution? I've thought about Xenon and halogen, but I would really like to stick with LED as they are low draw and low heat, not to mention a very long life span.
The measurements of the housings are: 7" W x 5" D x 1 1/4" H - inner dimensions
Any help here will be greatly appreciated, even if it is advice to "try so and so - maybe they can steer you in the right direction".
Having 23 of these means I will be replacing 46 of these bulbs - expensive but I think it will be well worth it if I can retain the original beauty and enhance the performance