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Old 09-12-2013, 08:19 PM   #15
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LED recessed ceiling light fixture in 2011 International

We have an interior light not working in our 2011 International. As mentioned in an earlier post, it appears you have to replace the entire fixture. Has anyone done this repair? I am 10 hours away from the nearest dealer. Just wondering about level of difficulty.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:51 PM   #16
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I just ordered a replacement light for my 2011. $56. You have to order from a dealer. Airstream wouldn't sell it to me direct. I can't tell by removing the glass lense how to get the fixture out. I'm hoping when the new one gets here it will come with instructions or it will be obvious how it attaches. My fear is the bottom interior of the roof locker will have to be removed.
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I spoke to the dealer today and they didn't offer much insight on how to install the fixture. Let me know if yours comes with instructions. I hope these things don't burn out frequently.
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I ripped out the fluorescent stuff, made a grid using 1/4x1/4 hardware cloth (galvanized welded wire mesh). Wire tied some LEDs, wired 'me in and WallaWalla, better light!



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Old 09-13-2013, 09:40 PM   #19
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I spoke to the dealer today and they didn't offer much insight on how to install the fixture. Let me know if yours comes with instructions. I hope these things don't burn out frequently.
Our local dealer had no clue either. In fact he didn't even believe me when I told him I had to order a whole new light. He was convinced I only needed a LED 'bulb'.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #20
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Our local dealer had no clue either. In fact he didn't even believe me when I told him I had to order a whole new light. He was convinced I only needed a LED 'bulb'.
I had that same discussion as well with my dealer. Took a few minutes for me to convince him you couldn't just replace the "bulb".
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:55 PM   #21
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I ripped out the fluorescent stuff, made a grid using 1/4x1/4 hardware cloth (galvanized welded wire mesh). Wire tied some LEDs, wired 'me in and WallaWalla, better light!



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Do you think that 480 led's is enough? I am thinking that you need at least 500.

Seriously I replaced 4 #157 bulbs with two 36 smd light pads and they provide more light so I am quite happy.

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Old 09-13-2013, 11:15 PM   #22
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Could someone please post a photo of the fixtures discussed in this thread. None of the bulb numbers match those used in our 2005 19-foot Bambi.

Our fixtures all use "1141" automotive-type bulbs (round bayonet end with single center conductor), and I just switched to "warm white" LEDs for $5 each.
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I think there are a couple of different lights being discussed?? On the newer Airstreams that come with LED lights the actual LED's are built into the fixtures. You cannot simply replace a bulb. You must replace the entire fixture. At least that is what myself and a few others have been told. This may not be the case on the very latest Airstreams with the dimmable LED's. Mine is a 2011.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:33 AM   #24
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Just curious, but do the new LED fixtures (and actual LEDs) only last 1-2 years? It seems early to hear of LEDs failing on 2011 Airstreams. I would think that LEDs should last 5-10 years, even for full-timers.
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I believe they will generally last much longer than the three years we've had our 2011. There are over a dozen of these lights in our unit and we've had one fail so far. It looks like it will be a bit complicated (and expensive!) to replace the fixture so I am hoping this doesn't happen too often.
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Has anyone replaced the original fixtures, which I assume are "bright white", with "warm white" equivalents, Happy with the results?


We used "warm" in the G4 puck lights when replacing the halogen, much better for reading and easier on the eyes. The "brights" work much better outdoors. Stick with quality replacements, they will last much longer.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:09 AM   #27
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Re: LED replacements for 1141/1156 & C921 incandescent bulbs

I ordered 19 of these LED bulbs to replace the automotive-type "1141" incandescent bulbs in our 2005 19-foot Bambi, including all overhead fixtures, the closet, the (exterior) rear storage locker, and scare and porch lights:

Amazon.com: LED 2W 12V White Omni Bulb BA15S 1156 P21W Brake Tail 18 5050 SM: Home Improvement

I also ordered one of these LED bulbs to replace the C921 incandescent bulb in the stove exhaust hood:

Amazon.com: LED 18x5050 2W 12V White Omni Wedge Bulb T10 194 168 2825 W5W: Home Improvement

These LED bulbs are "warm white" and fit in the existing fixtures, including the porch/step light and the scare light. The LED assembly is a little bit longer than the glass envelope on the incandescent 1141, but the LED bulbs fit in all fixtures with no interference.

The LED color and brightness are almost exactly the same as the incandescent bulbs, the only difference being that the LEDs are very slightly brighter. Also, the LED bulbs run much cooler. (The incandescent bulbs get hot enough to burn fingers after being on only a few seconds, while the LEDs are just warm to the touch after 15-20 minutes.)

Both LED bulb types were $4.99 each, and the shipping charge was $4.90 (as of 09/2013).

I placed my order online via Amazon.com, late Tuesday afternoon; and I received the LED bulbs on Friday (shipped via USPS from Florida to Arizona), which was 3-6 days ahead of the estimated delivery date.

One bulb had a row of three LEDs that did not illuminate due to a missing solder joint on a miniature printed circuit board that is part of the bulb assembly. I sent a message to Eversale.com (the seller) via Amazon.com late Friday night asking if it was OK to attempt to repair the bulb by soldering the circuit board (I didn't want to void the warranty), or whether they wanted me to return the bulb for a replacement.

Eversale.com immediately shipped a replacement bulb early Saturday morning, and I received it on Monday. They also said that I could attempt to repair the defective LED bulb if I wanted to. However, it was unnecessary to return it. I soldered the miniature printed circuit board, which fixed the defect; and I got an extra bulb for free.

When I offered to have Eversale.com charge me for one more bulb to cover the cost of the replacement (since the defective bulb now worked), they said to keep the extra bulb as a thank you for my order; and they apologized for any inconvenience.

I can't believe how quickly Eversale.com processed my order the same day, responded to my messages, and immediately forwarded a replacement. I'm also amazed that the US Post office managed 2-3 day "standard" delivery, with the second shipment occurring over a weekend.

Good customer service is rare, but it's alive and well at Eversale.com!

Note: I have no affiliation with Amazon.com or Eversale.com other than being a very satisfied customer.
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Just to recap for anyone interested...... we have a 2011 that came with factor LED lights and one of the lights under an upper storage locker has been acting funny. According to airstream you cannot purchase just the LED 'board'. You have to purchase the entire fixture through a dealer. I finally received our replacement fixture today ( for a total cost of $64 including freight and taxes). It wasn't clear prior to having the replacement fixture how one would actually replace the light. The fixture has three pieces: there is a frosted lense that pops out of an inner housing; the inner housing that holds the LED board; the outside housing. The inner housing is held in place by three spring clips and takes some force to remove. I had to take the LED board out of the existing light in order to leverage the housing out. On the new fixture you can push it out from the back. So I have everything apart and ready to install, but I haven't yet. I need to get some connectors to attach the 12v wiring with first, but hopefully the new inner housing will simply pop into the old outer housing. I've attached several photos. One thing you'll notice is the LED boards on the old and new fixtures are different......different size LED's and different number of LED's. I sure hope the new light has the same appearance as the other existing lights. If I have to change anymore of these lights I think it would cheaper to buy a halogen light then use a replacement LED in the halogen fixture since you have to purchase the entire LED fixture....or perhaps someone will figure this out and start selling just the replacement inner housing.......
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