Gun safe light no longer works

Discussion in 'Gun Safes' started by jammer, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    Howdy everyone, I have a Browning Prestige 39 gun safe and the lights have quit working. I've had this safe for about 4 years. I have a dehumidifier plugged into the same outlet inside the safe, and it is working so the ac is OK. It is supposed to come on when the door opens but it doesn't work anymore. This light kit was in the safe when I bought it new.
    It's hard to trace the wires as they go behind the inside panels. Any ideas or has anyone had a similar problem?
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    When the door opens is it turned on by motion or a switch?
    If it has the small black box plugged into the wall socket you might get a tester and assure the power is being transferred to the light assembly. Obviously if the motion unit stopped working its a new light unit. Hopefully that is not it. But a Tester will reveal the problem.
    Or they do make LED Battery Powered units that are also available for Safe Applications.
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  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    How do you know the light only comes on when the door is open? :p
     
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  4. jammer

    jammer Member Supporter

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    Thanks Sniper03,
    The light is turned on by the motion of the door. There is a sensor at the bottom of the safe. I'll get a VOM and check. It has a plug in transformer with the wires running under the bottom panel and up the sides where the lights are located. It's gonna take a few days to get time to empty the safe enough to check it out. I'll let you know what I find out.
    Thanks again.

    I wonder "where does the light go when it goes out"?
     
  5. IowaShooter

    IowaShooter Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Wish I had a gun safe big enough, full enough that it would "take a few days to empty out" :)
     
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  6. schnuffleupagus

    schnuffleupagus Well-Known Member

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    12v LED system. With motion sensor.
    Weak links in this type of system is the motion sensor and the rectifier/transfofmer combination (commonly referred to as "power supply") both because of the post manufacturing handling required by the safe assembly processes.
    - connections to motion sensor
    Both power in and power out (post switch)
    - connections to power supply
    Both power in and power out
    Brownings owner manual is weak on troubleshooting.
    Did you ever "smack" the sensor while transitioning a weapon to/from the safe?
     
  7. jammer

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    Thanks everybody, I figured it out. My ac adapter quit working. I found and old ac adapter that went to a router/modem and hooked it up temporarily until my Amazon order comes in.
    Thanks for the interest in my problem and thanks for the help!!
     
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  8. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    Glad you got it fixed. But for anyone wanting to install a light in their safe I tried something that works very well. It is an LED wall switch, battery powered with built in LED's.
    I used double sided tape and stuck it to the top of the safe. They are very bright and use a couple of batteries and cost usually $2-3. You see then often at the checkouts in hardware of big box stores. The bigger the safe, the more you can use. It has worked out great for me.
     
  9. PaBushMan

    PaBushMan Well-Known Member

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    I use them free magnetic lights harbor fright gives out. With the coupons that come in the flyers.
     
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  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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  11. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I recently switched to these as well. Much more convenient to service, and it's easy enough to keep some rechargable AAAs on hand. Also use one for the front porch, as it didn't have a light when we moved in here.

    And they are more than bright enough to run just one in each safe.

    yep, got a few of those around here, and I used to use them with the locker type storage. Keep one in each set of saddle bags as well, for roadside emergencies.
     
  12. AZdave

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    I got an old school red state version with 24 LEDs.
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  13. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Those blue HF lights are really good. I probably have a dozen of them spread out all over the house and in the vehicles. Cant beat the price.
     
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