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Old 08-12-2012, 12:01 PM   #1
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LED Interior Light Modification

Airstream upgrading interior lights from halogen to LED is great, but why Airstream decided to use those hideous cool blue colored LED lights is a mystery.

During the day the cool blue LED light color is not so noticable. However, at night these LED lights turns your cozy interior into a cold, industrial cargo container - similar to alien ship interiers of many Hollywood movies.

The Fix:

I used color filters to give these cool LED lights a more natural warm incandescent-like light output.

I used a method described by another poster "flyingcloud".

Fixed! Airstream LED Color Temperature - Aluminarium

This method worked great and is very easy to do. The whole process took me about 2 hours for 15 interior lights.

1. Order 1 filter gel sheet from www.stagespot.com (about $15 shipped to your door in a poster tube)
On the stagespot website select Manufacture = Lee and Search = Marlene

2. Use a pocket knife to remove the inner-most frosted glass lens holder from the LED light assembly.



3. Cut out two filters for each light. (I used one of the frosted glass lenes as a pattern)

note: cut 2 notches in the gels so that the filters will clear the 2 tabs holding the frosted glass lens in place



4. Place 2 filters into each lens and place lens back into the LED light assembly

Important: take care to line up the lens holder with the LED light assembly when re-installing - fits only one way - like a puzzle piece.




I was very happy with the results - natural warm color.

Good luck with your project.
Glenn
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:25 PM   #2
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Great tip, we had the halogen lights in our 2007 Airstream but the 2012 has the LED's. Quite a difference in light quality (although you soon adjust and don't think about it), loved the Halogen color but not the heat and desire to burn out quickly. This may be the best of both worlds. Thanks!

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:47 PM   #3
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I'll have to look at mine again when I get it back but I seem to remember them being more of a brite white color.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:13 AM   #4
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Color of the lights never bothered me. My main concern these days is to make sure there's enough light to do what I want to do, between diabetic retinopathy and slowly developing cataracts that are gradually dimming my entire field of vision.

It doesn't bother me that the LEDs are bright white. Between the overhead lights, the reading lights, the galley lights, the courtesy lights at floor level, and the rope lights along the top of the overhead lockers, I can adjust the illumination level to exactly suit the task at hand. That's what matters most to me, and at least Airstream did that well, even if the color of the light doesn't suit everyone's tastes.
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Old 09-20-2016, 07:35 PM   #5
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Glenn, I just wanted to report that I followed the instructions for this mod, as the white lights were far too cold for us, and it appears to have worked very well. Went quicker than I expected as well. Thanks for posting this DIY mod!
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Glenn - thank you for the information on the mod. While I probably wouldn't have given it much thought, now that I read about the bright white lights, I'm certain I will have to use the filters, as well!
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Glenn - thank you for the information on the mod. While I probably wouldn't have given it much thought, now that I read about the bright white lights, I'm certain I will have to use the filters, as well!
Don't forget that the main lites can be dimmed on the newer models.
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I had my 2012 retro fitted with the dimmer from the newer units. Replaced with light switch panel since the dimmer requires and extra slot. Side benefit is the new switch assembly is labeled so guests can figure out which switch to use without having to guess!
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Side benefit is the new switch assembly is labeled so guests can figure out which switch to use without having to guess!
When we got our trailer, I also bought a dyno labeler for this exact reason!! All the switches have neat little labels now
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