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Old 02-22-2011, 09:25 AM   #295
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I replaced all the halogens with LED's in the main "living" area in my A/S. In the toilet/shower I put up a couple of the $2.95 push on/off silver 3 LED, battery powered lights. They are the bright white type but for as little time as I want to spend in there, they work fine. ...just another idea.

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Old 02-22-2011, 11:15 AM   #296
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I bought LED's in two steps, one year apart. The ones I got in the 2nd order were brighter and less expensive than the 1st order. I'm pretty sure the 2nd order bulbs were somewhat less than $20 each.

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Old 04-19-2011, 07:41 AM   #297
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Like Gene I've gone LED in 2 steps over the past 2 years. I've tried 4 different suppliers for 2 styles of bulbs. I like the cool white more then I do the yellowish warm white although I've only looked at 1 warm white in a showroom. From my experience the flat square surface mount 5050 LED diodes have lasted longer then the dimmer round diodes. I've had 6 of my 36 ct. round diode bulbs go out in the past 2 years but I think it's because I've purchased lower quality bulbs with no resisters built in. In that same time I haven't even had 1 diode go out on any of my flat diode bulbs. I came across Kaper 2 bulbs and Camping World which appear to be of better quality and have resisters built into each row of diodes. The price was prohibitive so I contacted the company. They are willing to direct ship at a much lower price ($10- $13 per bulb) so I had them ship me one of their bulbs. Their 15 ct. round diode bulb is brighter then my current 36 ct. bulbs but not quite as bright as my 9 ct. flat diode bulbs. I'm trying 6 of these in the 15 and 25 diode bulbs. I just ordered 5 more of these in a combination of 15 ct. and 36 ct. bulbs. They seem to be of higher quality, hopefully these will pass the test of time.


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Old 04-19-2011, 09:22 AM   #298
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I bought directly from Airstream in October 2010 ... We are happy with the LED lights, now our lights don't put a dent in our batteries, and we've had zero problems so far.
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1 x LED Replacement - 1156 40x50 Pad Warm White (15751W-07)
35 x LED Replacement - Halogen Puck Style Warm White (15751W-09)
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4 x LED Replacement - Halogen Spot Light Bright (15751W-10)
1 x LED Replacement - Wedge Based Bulbs (912) (15751W-02)
1 x LED Replacement - T10 Socket Warm White (15751W-06)
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:27 AM   #299
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Great information and thank you for posting. I'm starting to change out my bulbs to LED also.
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Judy, you might call and ask for Rhonda Fisher at Airstream parts. She walked me through the color and quality of different LED options ... and she knew exactly what I needed and how many. Again, we are super pleased.
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I'm glad to hear the LED's sold by Airstream are holding up, but usually Airstream's prices are high and quality is not always the same. Going on 2 1/2 years (I think) and the LED's from Superbright have been fine.

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I'm glad to hear the LED's sold by Airstream are holding up, but usually Airstream's prices are high and quality is not always the same. Going on 2 1/2 years (I think) and the LED's from Superbright have been fine.

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When I purchased from Airstream, I felt comfortable talking to and trusting Rhonda. She did me right. At the time, I didn't know who I could rely on from this board. If I had to do it over again, I'd know to listen to Gene and save myself a little money. Regardless, I'm a happy camper!
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:32 PM   #303
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indirect LED strip lights

Attached is a picture of me working on the indirect lighting on the Tin Pickle; we're using flexible LED strip lighting from ledwholesalers.com; the color temperature is 3100K and we're quite happy with this. This is super easy to do; we simply stick the self-adhesive tape to the top of the overhead shelving frame (an aluminum extrusion on our 71) and wire w/ switch or dimmer to 12 V source. The strips may be trimmed w/ scissors to the nearest 2"; it's relatively easy to solder on wires.
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I think I have a different take on the LED lights. A few weeks ago we rented an Airstream at a KOA, and it had the puck overhead lights. I found the lighting to be extremely dim - basically mood lighting, not really useable. Looking at the Airstream website, it appears that the Safari and International models all have the puck type lights, but the Classic has something else entirely. Is the lighting in the Classic brighter? Is there a way to make the puck lights brighter? We don't have an AS yet, but we don't plan to do much dry camping, so energy use isn't a big issue. Could some additional 110v lights be fitted to the ceiling?
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Bill, there are different brands of LED's and some are brighter than others. Websites should list lumens and you can compare brightness that way. They should also list color rendition. It takes a while to understand and research, but it is worth it especially if you do boondocking and need to keep power consumption low.

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Caution required

As a lurking SOB (Some other brand) former Airstream owner, I offer the following caution. I converted my 2009 27 foot Int FB Ocean Breeze to complete LEDs and used three suppliers. Two were less than upfront about the quality of their products. While replacing the G4 bulbs, it required sending in the failed units which becomes expensive in itself. Also, several months after the warranty period, most all of the cheaper ones failed.
Always, use your search engine to seek out the reviews on a company before ordering. Many of these .com sites are crooked. The one who has always been good to me, and this includes the complete conversion of a 44 foot Allegro Bus, is LED4RV. He has replaced bulbs quickly and works with suppliers to obtain a source which has high consistent quality. Many of the 1000's of the Chinese suppliers are making junk.
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I will 2nd the recommendation for LED4RV...we have been totally satisfied with the lights and the customer service from Dan.
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We recently replaced all of the lights in our 16' (except the halogens in the upper cabinets).

I did way too much research and ended up with bulbs from MarineBeam.com

I was impressed with the info on their site - their explanations really helped. They are built to handle the voltage changes that happen in boats and RVs. We purchased them from Welcome to eMarine Systems - who have a quantity discount of 20% when you purchase 5 or more.

We used warm white for all the bulbs:
- "G4 LED Bulb - 6 LED SMD power cluster - side pin" for the halogen puck ceiling lights
- ""G4 LED Bulb - 6 LED SMD power cluster - back pin" for the halogen reading lights
- "G4 LED Bulb - 15 LED SMD mini tower" with "G4 adaptors" for all of the small incandescent bulb replacements

Took about 20 minutes to replace all 16 bulbs. They are working great. We wanted a just little less light than the halogens - and these are perfect. If you want more light - they have lots of bulbs with more LEDs and more lumens. Couldn't be happier.
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