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Old 03-15-2010, 10:00 PM   #57
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Jerry, looks like you have sold me on the LED replacements. I want more light without more battery draw, and yours really looks great. Another project for the Silver Hornet.
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:28 PM   #58
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I just ordered two "Warm White LED Upgrade for Bayonet Style Interior Lights " from

LED Lights of all types manufactured by Command Electronics

model 170-112; .47 amps & 510 lumens, warm white light.

I'll report in when they arrive.

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Old 03-23-2010, 12:02 AM   #59
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I just ordered two "Warm White LED Upgrade for Bayonet Style Interior Lights " from

LED Lights of all types manufactured by Command Electronics

model 170-112; .47 amps & 510 lumens, warm white light.

I'll report in when they arrive.

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These arrived today; I immediately walked out to the Tin Pickle (which handily lives in our driveway during its refurbishement) and tried out the replacement light in one of the sockets.

These pictures were taken by Barbie using a D70 Nikon on manual exposure to try and get the best comparison possible. The color match between the incandescent bulbs and the LEDs is quite remarkable. I'd guess the LEDs are pretty close to matching three bulbs in light output, of course w/ much less heat and power.

First, a picture of the stock (three bulbs working out of four)
fixture while running w/ charged batteries powered by the Univolt:


Next, a picture of one of these LED units:


Lastly, a single LED unit in action:


Clearly, if we use more than one unit per fixture we're going to be really bright... for now, a single LED per light fixture seems ok; I'd rather add more fixtures along the perimeter of the trailer if we need more light. I'll post more pictures when these get installed.

Looks like we'll be converting the rest of the lights to LED over time as well.

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Old 05-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #60
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how 'bout this one:

and with the cover on:

Did you end up doing this conversion? I have similar light fixture. My light switch needs to be replaced and I may start my LED light conversion.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:19 PM   #61
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Perfect photo...now I understand your problem.

I would gut it...loose the bulbs and sockets.

Replace them with the 6 LED strips down each side...
Maybe even a double row down each side.
Probably 3 to a row? for a total of 12 strips.

And if switch is hi and low, or has two 'ons' you could make a dim and bright setting.

That cover should defuse light very well.
It will look like flouresent tubes.

Save those sockets...good for some other project.

Think how low your battery power bill will be after going to LEDs too.
What Hi/Low switch would you recommend (URL links)? Are these specific 12v switches or will 120v switch work as well?
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:31 AM   #62
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LEDs on the move

LEDs available now make these I used almost retro...

Heres more LEDs on the wagon...installed a inverter, and left them on all night to see if drain was too much.
They flash in random order, and I took out all the blues.
Not stopped...yet.
It started right up without any fade after 8 hours on 3rd shift.
Now I gotta put them on the MH $$$

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Old 02-18-2011, 08:15 PM   #63
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Thumbs up Superbrite LEDs

They sell strips of lights that can be cut into threes with a resistor built in. Slick! Get your solder gun going and replace all the interior lights first to reduce your draw for dry camping.
Note that they sell different colors of white. The warm white is nice and more like a regular bulb. The super white is almost blue. I used those for the 'high' position on my 1979 and the warm for my low. Due to being a cheapskate, I replaced each bulb with one set of three leds. I think I will put in more to get better dispursion of light. I glued them right onto the lens with clear silicone and put on a quick disconnect at one end for ease of future servicing on each circuit.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:11 PM   #64
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Splitting LED lights

GrandP

I am confused about what exactly you are doing. Could you please post some pictures? I would like to change out the bulbs in my TW, but each fixture has 4 bulbs, so it is rather expensive.

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Old 05-07-2011, 01:51 PM   #65
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made the Change, all the way

Took some time, some $$$'s But over a 2 year time frame. got ER done
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:33 AM   #66
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Superbrite LED strips

I will take some photos for you.
Unlike the easy, but expensive bulb-end fitting that most of these pictures show, Superbrite also sells LEDs by the roll with a peel and stick backing that I did not use. It is a flexible tape with soldering buttons spaced out every 3 LEDs. I am not an electrical genius, so if I can do this, anyone with modest soldering skill can also do it. You can cut these things in multiples of three and get perfect 12 volt illumination. Using thin flexible wire makes it easier to solder. After a few lumpy efforts, I got pretty good. I cut the tape into multiple 3-LED sections and bridged the gaps with short lengths of wires. It would be easier to just lay in a full strip complete and only solder one set of wires to it, but I am a cheapskate, so I did more work and spent less money. I may have gone too far in spacing and now I might go back to add some more in.
Keep in mind the directional nature of LEDs. The light does not come out in all directions like a regular incandescent bulb. Each one is like a mini spot light, so you need to plan ahead. I may silicone some more into the fixture corners at an angle to spread the lighting out more.
Superbrite's online site and catalog is very informative. Take a look.
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Super Bright LEDs great!

I have to agree that SuperBrightLEDs.com is a great source for your LED needs. Fast shipping and fair prices and a great selection for your standard socket bulbs, strips and exterior lighting.

I used strips in my overhead lighting using 4 sections in 3 strips, center for low and all strips for high. Just over 1 amp for all three fixtures on low and about 3.5 amps for all three on high. Much better, light, no heat, and not a 26+ amp drain on the battery's.
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WOW...that is fantastic !
I don't have that type lighting on the sides.
You really loaded up on the LEDs

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Old 05-10-2011, 03:05 PM   #69
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photos of my semi-handiwork

These photos show my 1979 24 ft motor home lighting fixture over my sink in the kitchen. You can see the numerous bulb locations, some are for low lighting, others for task lighting. Since the switches were there anyway, I used the warm white LEDs in the low and the bright white in the task circuit. You can see the two separate red wires soldered into the existing two circuits and the common ground (black) wires. I still need to silicone them in instead of taping them. I also took photos of the rolls of LEDs and the cut up sections awaiting my next project. Cheap soldering iron is there too.
Hope this helps!
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Hello. I'm wondering hoe to take those plastic covers off the ceiling lights. I would like to clean the bugs out of mine but haven't tried to remove yet...I don't want to break them!
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