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Old 10-08-2016, 11:27 PM   #1
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Interior ceiling LED light color

I just purchased a 2016 Sport 22fb. I am exploring the possibility of changing the stock Bright White LED interior lights to Soft White bulbs which would have a more traditional warm incandescent look of older Airstreams. Has anyone done this conversion or know the manufacturer of the original fixtures? Thanks
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:29 AM   #2
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I just purchased a 2016 Sport 22fb. I am exploring the possibility of changing the stock Bright White LED interior lights to Soft White bulbs which would have a more traditional warm incandescent look of older Airstreams. Has anyone done this conversion or know the manufacturer of the original fixtures? Thanks
I'd imagine that the bulbs themselves are individually replaceable. Just look for a color temperature like 3500K to get your warm white look.
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:53 AM   #3
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What DrBoyd said! The key is the kelvin rating of 3500 or so. If you search the forum for LED you will find a number of threads that can help you.
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:02 PM   #5
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How are the ceiling light lenses removed? I have never tried to do that. Adding the color gels sounds like a good idea.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:31 PM   #6
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How are the ceiling light lenses removed? I have never tried to do that. Adding the color gels sounds like a good idea.

On my 2016 FC you just use a small screwdriver to pry the inner most ring off, piece of cake.


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Old 10-09-2016, 05:25 PM   #7
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https://www.amazon.com/Set-Shop-Bast...tard+amber+gel

Here is what Protagonist, suggested. I used it and looks great on all indoor LEDs
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Old 10-09-2016, 06:28 PM   #8
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I just replaced all my halogen in my 2004 International. I used website recommended in Rich Luhr's book " almost everything you wanted to know about airstream maintenance." The site is LED4RV. I found the 9 diode warm white to be good for ceiling; but used 12 diode bright white for task lighting in kitchen and reading spots. I emailed questions to the site and the owner called me back to answer my questions. Their prices were also better than any others I found.
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:38 PM   #9
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I replaced all my bulbs with LED bulbs in the 3000 color range. 39 bulbs in total. I figure I can now turn every light on and use about the same wattage as 2 regular incondence bulbs
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Old 10-10-2016, 09:08 AM   #10
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The quest for Soft White

Thanks for all the responses. I realize now I should have been more specific in my original post. I think my stock leds have a color temperature of about 3000/3100 degrees kelvin or Bright/Warm white. I want to change the lights to 2700/2800k or Soft white which is the range of our old incandescent bulbs.
As suggested, I am going to try the colored gels sheets used in cinema stage lighting. You cut out small pieces to fit inside your lens covers. It's said, they work very well and is very most cost effective.
The other approach is to remove a light fixture (which I should have done in the first place) and attempt to determine the manufacture to see if they offer the fixture or led card in other colors.
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I pulled this from an earlier thread on the subject.

After investigating our options, we also decided to go with the gel filters behind each lens and we are much happier with the look, no more Walmart bright. There were 15 LEDs in our Airstream, not counting the reading lights. The lens was very easy to remove, but a bit tricky to re-install. You just have to make sure that the lens tabs line up with the slots in the fixture.

We used 1/2 CTO which basically converts daylight to tungsten or 5200 kelvin to 3200 kelvin. I tried Full CTO, but it made the light too orange for our liking.

We have had the gel in our lights for almost a year and there was no heating or melting through of the gel.

Here is a link to the photo gel if anyone is interested.
Rosco #3408 Filter - RoscoSun 1/2 CTO - 20x24" RS340811 B&H

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I've attached a picture showing both daylight and warm white in the same picture as well as the gel I used and the ring that pops off of each fixture. Hope this helps.
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Here is a link to the photo gel if anyone is interested.

Rosco #3408 Filter - RoscoSun 1/2 CTO - 20x24" RS340811 B&H



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I've attached a picture showing both daylight and warm white in the same picture as well as the gel I used and the ring that pops off of each fixture. Hope this helps.[/QUOTE]


We are also using these filters, and they do work as described.


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We also have a 2016 22FB. The lighting color was ghastly! I replaced most with:

Lumitronics Double LED RV Dome Light with On/Off Switch and Removable Lenses. Perfect Interior Replacement 12V Lighting for RVs, Motorhomes, Campers,Sold by: Northbay Products from Amazon. There is also a single version.

I also installed LED strips above the booth, above the galley cabinet and above the front cabinet. The strips above the booth window I tied to the switch by the door, so they are the main lighting.

For reading light above the booth I used:

Gold Stars GW21500 Chrome RV Reading Light MR16 Base LED Bulb (12v Satin) also from amazon.

All these were very inexpensive, total about $100. They totally changed the feel of the interior! I can't imagine why the factory didn't do better; it's such a "glaring" problem.
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YACHTHALO, Thanks for your response. I also have a 2016 Sport 22 that suffers from the dreaded Walmart lighting complex. I think your solution is just what I need. I do have a few questions though. I tried to send you a private message but I was rejected as I'm a Nubie and not a trusted member as yet. Can you think of some way we could correspond privately? I still use phones, text or email.
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