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I'm sure Brian will respond as to where he purchased his LEDs. When I replaced all the lights in our TT with LEDs, I (after research) ordered a specific flat-panel type LED from a seller on eBay. Not wanting a blue-tinted light, I ordered the "warm white" and am very pleased. The panels came with adapters for four different types of sockets (mine are bayonet).

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-BA9S-T10-Festoon-31-44mm-Dome-Bulb-Warm-White-48-1210SMD-LE-/180920077628?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1fad4d3c

 

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I'm sure Brian will respond as to where he purchased his LEDs. When I replaced all the lights in our TT with LEDs, I (after research) ordered a specific flat-panel type LED from a seller on eBay. Not wanting a blue-tinted light, I ordered the "warm white" and am very pleased. The panels came with adapters for four different types of sockets (mine are bayonet).

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-BA9S-T10-Festoon-31-44mm-Dome-Bulb-Warm-White-48-1210SMD-LE-/180920077628?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1fad4d3c

 

Rob

On correction from Rob, the $31.27 is for a 10 pack. I missed the 10X at the beginning of the description.

 

OUCH! $31.27 each! That's a bunch of money if you have 10 lights to replace. I do like the idea have the multiple sockets that come with the lights.

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I ordered and installed these from camping world about a month ago. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/led-replacement-bulbs-906-912-921-922-6-pack/74270

It took a few weeks to get use to them. They are not as bright as the stock bulbs but certainly do the job. Now that we've been using them (we've been living in our camper for 3 months traveling) I hardly notice it and it's great when boondocking to save battery power!

Others may have a better solution and more details but these worked for us and just plug right in.

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I've found some good quality lights at M4 Products. A few unique applications that I was having trouble finding bulbs for, they had. Both of their products lines are good, but the Elite line I felt was worth the extra $$ for what should be one time purchases. (We do plan to keep our coach for a 10-15 years usage, so I always factor the costs of upgrades over the expected usage period.)

 

http://www.m4products.com/elite-series/

 

Nice write up!!

 

For those on tight budgets, or just by nature looking for the least expensive way to go - many good write ups (Google is your friend.) on buying Ebay strips of LED's and making whatever you want. On another note. I found that on may of our 18" two florescent fixtures, that one higher output good quality LED bulb was more then enough light. For our two under counter kitchen 12" florescent fixtures, I used two LED's to maximize surface work space. In the bathroom/shower area we have four of the 18" florescent fixtures, I did also add two bulbs to the fixture directly over the sink, that my wife uses along with the light bar over the mirrors, for her makeup. The other three define with only one LED. (Worth a try, you can always go back and add another bulb if wanted.)

 

Best to all,

Smitty

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Just replaced all the bulbs in our rig with led. Order them all from CabinBright.com. Joe Brignold the man that owns the company will answer any questions that you have. He will set you up with the perfect replacement bulbs and strips to replace your florescent tube.

cabinbright.com

 

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Cathy

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Oops didn't realize there had been so much activity!

My buying secret?

E-Bay.

I search for the type then use the cheapest including shipping button and find a supplier in the US.

You can see the specs for the particular LED in the write up with lumens, voltage range etc.

I actually ordered 4 last Saturday and they arrived on my doorstep SUNDAY!! One was dimmer than the other 3 so I e-mailed the seller and a replacement arrived Tuesday with a return label for the faulty one. I think that was excellent service!

Brian

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On another note. I found that on may of our 18" two florescent fixtures, that one higher output good quality LED bulb was more then enough light. For our two under counter kitchen 12" florescent fixtures, I used two LED's to maximize surface work space. In the bathroom/shower area we have four of the 18" florescent fixtures, I did also add two bulbs to the fixture directly over the sink, that my wife uses along with the light bar over the mirrors, for her makeup.

 

I used LED tubes to replace fluorescents in the first fixture I converted a couple of years ago, but for the 18" one I converted last month I simply bought two 19.7" adhesive strips of LEDs from http://superbrightleds.com I completely gutted the Thinlite fixture removing both the ballast and sockets. The LED strips were long enough to cover the length of the fixture with enough left to turn up at the ends where the sockets once were. The strips had red/black pigtails so wiring was trivial. The strips were rated at 380 lumens/foot in warm white (3250K) and for 9-14.8V use. With that lumen rating the 19.7" strips provide ~624 lumens each; the lighting improvement was very noticeable.

 

The strips cost ~$13 each with $2 shipping which is quite a bit less than the cost of Revolution or Ming LED tubes. I have lots of other adhesive strip LEDs from the same source that have been up for three years without an adhesive issue.

 

The prices of LEDs have fallen dramatically over the past several years and IMHO there's no reason to rely on suppliers who cater to RVers unless you enjoy paying higher prices nor do you have to go the eBay or foreign supplier route.

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You did an overkill! I used 2 strips of warm white in my converted fluorescents and the amount of light is just as good as the original tubes. You could have done 5 fixtures with the amount of leds you put in that one fixture. Nice job, just a little much.IMHO

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You did an overkill! I used 2 strips of warm white in my converted fluorescents and the amount of light is just as good as the original tubes. You could have done 5 fixtures with the amount of leds you put in that one fixture. Nice job, just a little much.IMHO

With the 3528s the lumens of that fixture are about the same as with two fluorescent bulbs. I prefer the the 3528s to 5050s as the latter look a bit greenish to me. I also like how the light is spread out over the whole area of the fixture rather than in just a couple strips.

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You did an overkill! I used 2 strips of warm white in my converted fluorescents and the amount of light is just as good as the original tubes. You could have done 5 fixtures with the amount of leds you put in that one fixture. Nice job, just a little much.IMHO

 

No he couldn't, not if he wanted the same amount of light as the fluorescents provided. 3528 strips provide 118 lumens/ft, while the 5050's are 380 lu/ft. Gary used the right amount of LEDs; the only issue is whether or not he wanted the "color" of the warm white 5050's. I don't happen to mind the 5050's and the fixture they're in is only used occasionally.

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I'm sure Brian will respond as to where he purchased his LEDs. When I replaced all the lights in our TT with LEDs, I (after research) ordered a specific flat-panel type LED from a seller on eBay. Not wanting a blue-tinted light, I ordered the "warm white" and am very pleased. The panels came with adapters for four different types of sockets (mine are bayonet).

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-BA9S-T10-Festoon-31-44mm-Dome-Bulb-Warm-White-48-1210SMD-LE-/180920077628?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1fad4d3c

 

Rob

These are the type of bulbs I would like to buy but I see that these bulbs are described only for 12v. At the web site it says "This product is only for DC12V, if your car voltage higher than 12V, please use the constant current bulb." In other words they are not built for a voltage range such as 11v to 15v for example. Are they holding up when you are using them on battery power only and while the batteries are charging either by solar or a battery charger/generator?

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These are the type of bulbs I would like to buy but I see that these bulbs are described only for 12v. At the web site it says "This product is only for DC12V, if your car voltage higher than 12V, please use the constant current bulb." In other words they are not built for a voltage range such as 11v to 15v for example. Are they holding up when you are using them on battery power only and while the batteries are charging either by solar or a battery charger/generator?

 

If I recall, we did one or two nights dry camping (and didn't have solar or a generator). The LEDs were still working well when we sold the TT this summer (we are now full-time in a fifth wheel). I have stayed in touch with the gentleman who purchased the TT and he is still happy with everything (although I don't know how much dry camping he does, either).

 

Rob

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There were a couple of LED b=vendors at the last Escapade, sure there will be next year as well. One of them was JIRAH knowledgable and helpful, we bought a couple from him. Like them in our bedroom & living room reading lights, not so much around the vanity.

 

Nice write-up and good info BTW.

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Update.

We're full-timing now and doing a mix of dry camping and full hookups. We've added a few more LED's to fixtures we hadn't bothered with before when we realized we needed light in certain areas. Our coach is FULL of fixtures. There are 11 in the living area alone! We only put LED's in the ones we use often.

I added LED's to the outside light fixtures with yellow lenses over them to discourage bugs.

We have had no failures of the E-Bay LED's we bought in 6 months of use and the only ones we'd change would be the bright white panel types we put over our seating area which are a little harsh for reading a paperback. That being said we got used to them so I'm too lazy to change them!

Don't have a way to check battery drain but nothing has dimmed after 4 nights on batteries with no generator running to recharge anything.

BnB

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