Thanks for all the very good information on those florescent lights.
I did not realize they were 30 watts!! In my pre-penthouse configuration I had 8/16 watt two tube lights and ASSUMED that the new fixtures were also 16 watts.
That ship has sailed. I am not going to replace new fixtures (got my penthouse in March), but wish I had known (more properly THOUGHT) about the possible fixture options:
1. With the TL-690 I would of had a choice of drawing 15 watts or 30 watts of power off of my house batteries when dry camping depending on my lighting needs.
2. Think I would of had REDUNDANCY. If a single tube burned out I still would of had a good 15 watt light in the fixture. Redundancy is good.
It this point in time for me I think I will probably add an addition fixture(s) like Charlie did and use LED's. My cost will will be $34 more per two locations but the LED's would also help with the no-see-ums type bug problem by reducing the florescent light need.
I can now also save some space. I have 3-4 8 watt tubes in drawer as spares. Would have been surprised if I had burned out a 15w bulb and tried to install one of those.
Thanks again for all the info