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Old 11-10-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Caution when ordering LED replacements

I can't find the thread where this link was originally posted.

36-LED SMD Warm White Interior Room Dome Door Car Light | eBay

I ordered 26 lights form them and they were delivered without problem, unfortunately while it looks like and 1156 (BA15s) base in the picture, it is really a BA9s base and won't work. I have been unsuccessful finding an adapter to make them work, so will have to return them to China.

I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone looking at this site. If you have another style base, you may be OK.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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I ordered my LED lights from Dan at led4rv.com - Dan used to be a repair tech at an Airstream dealer, so he knows some of the "peculiarities" of Airstreams.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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I was being cheap and it will end up costing me $36 to send the LED's back to China for my refund.

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Old 11-13-2011, 04:12 PM   #4
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I bought all mine from LED4RV. Had a problem with a couple of them. Was able to talk to Dan on the phone. USA call. He really knows his stuff.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:12 PM   #5
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At this point you are $36.00 ahead and have some lights. Consider hard wiring them in.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:33 PM   #6
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I have had good luck and good support from Dan at led4rv. Pay a little more and get good products and good service.

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Old 11-13-2011, 05:52 PM   #7
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I have had good luck and good support from Dan at led4rv. Pay a little more and get good products and good service.

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Ditto, got all mine from Dan. About 10 months later a specific type of bulb, of which I had three, started to fail the individual LEDs. Dan readily acknowledged difficulty with that supplier and he subsequently changed suppliers. Three new bulbs arrived a few days later. Sometimes ya gets what ya pays for......and he's really not that high anyway.
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Old 11-13-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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I'd have to say that my experience with LED's hasn't been great.

I like the concept and even though we don't spend much time without hookups, like the low power consumption for those times we are on batteries ( we have a Honda gennie now so that isn't too much of a consideration now anyway.)

I installed them in the reading lights at the front and rear of our trailer, but truth to tell, they are not really as bright as I would like. I still have them in place, but am considering putting the halogens back in. I am sure I will if/when any of the LED's fail in service.

I bought them also for the chandelier type fixture over our dining table. Initially the supplier (a US supplier of AS parts) sent me the wrong ones, cool white instead of warm white. It was a bit of a hassle exchanging them as we are in Canada.

When I installed them, they lasted maybe a day and all teh individual LED's started falling off!

I probably should have sent them back yet again, but I was so fed up I just wrote it off and put the automotive bulbs back in!

Initially I had planned on also replacing the fluorescents with LED's but they are darned expensive and we rarely use those lights anyway (I have a thing about ceiling lights -don't like them!) so I won't be doing that after all!



On the plus side, I built a tiny luggage trailer to pull behind our motorcycle on longer trips and have had good luck with LED lights.


I have found in the past that I often have troubles with regular trailer light bulbs (clearance lights stop/turn lights) from burned out bulbs and often corrosion in the sockets.

So when building this trailer, I used LED tail lights that are submersible, intended for boat trailers.

There are no sockets, the LED's are "Potted" in epoxy modules. As well, I soldered and shrink-tubed all the connections - nary a problem in about 5 years use. They draw little current from my motorcycle electrical system and are very bright.

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I paid the high prices getting mine directly from Airstream online but they work great.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:44 PM   #10
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Dan at LED4RV was terrific. He helped me choose the correct replacements for my 2008 Safari 27FB. He fixed the one problem I had quickly and with no hassles. I'm happy with his products and outstanding service.
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Old 11-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #11
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My experience with LED’s in my Airstream is similar to “Wingeezer”, i.e., disappointment. I ordered LED replacements for my puck lights over the front sofa directly from Airstream. They installed nicely, after removing the halogen reflector (which I luckily saved). I converted one to LED, and left the other as halogen for comparison. The color temperature of the two is quite different, as the halogen produces a much “warmer” (yellow) light that looks better in my “classic”, while the LED is a higher temperature light (bluer) that may look better in some of the newer models with aluminum interiors. The quantity of light (lumens) is also greater in the halogen. I intend to convert mine back to halogen. I’d really like more light along the sofa, so alternatively, I thought I might replace the pucks over the beds, move them to up front so that I would have 4 matching lights over the sofa, all halogen.
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The few trips that we boondocked this year I knew that I wanted to switch all my interior lights to leds, not only to save on battery power but I really like the look. I'm now working on all the outside lights. Here are the links where I purchased all the leds.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:55 PM   #13
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Better than 4 years on mine and still goin strong. Got mine from Superbrite LED's and Dan. I like them a lot. You get what you pay for.
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I converted one to LED, and left the other as halogen for comparison. The color temperature of the two is quite different, as the halogen produces a much “warmer” (yellow) light that looks better in my “classic”, while the LED is a higher temperature light (bluer) that may look better in some of the newer models with aluminum interiors.
We have a new FC with the LED interior lights, and the aluminum skin interior. I find the LEDs to be way too white hot. I'd guess they are above 6000K. It gives off an eerie electronic look inside that I don't enjoy. Neither does wife.

We have an small table lamp we use with a 3500K bulb and it gives a nice warm yellow tone that goes nice with the yellow leather. I don't know much about these LEDs yet, but I am going to see if they make some in much lower temperature range like our 3500K lamp. We have about 12 of these things in the roof!

Also, some form of "filter" that could be applied over the fixture might work to warm them up.
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