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Old 05-12-2012, 07:40 PM   #15
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I installed LEDs sourced through EBay from Hong Kong over a year ago and have not had a failure yet. Polarity is an issue but super easy to figure out by simply testing before completing the install. I did both interior (warm white) and exterior (color matched to lens).

Color matched? Matching the color allows all the light generated by the LED to pass through the lens. White is full spectrum and eliminating all but red or yellow reduces total output.

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Old 05-12-2012, 07:58 PM   #16
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We are hoping to do the led upgrade when we can afford it. How do you like the overall effect?

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:17 PM   #17
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I went with the 'white' LED's, and it definitely gives it a different aura. The effect looks like it is colder, but is a bit sterile as well. The light is a big harsher, and contrast is better. Because we have a CCD, the interior aluminum and LED's give it a high-tech look.

Since there are so many lights... it is easy to experiment with getting the right effect. Really... my nighttime lighting requirements can probably be met with 2 LED's... there is definite lighting overkill in Airstreams...
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:36 PM   #18
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@Skatiero - I changed 25 bulbs inside to 36 pad, warm white LEDs and neither the wife or I have any issues with the outcome: same light color but more illumination.

I wear contacts as I have terrible vision and was concerned because I knew the bright white LEDs caused headaches and/or light halos during prior exposures. That phenomenon never arose post installation.

If you don't look directly at the fixture lens, the output appears almost identical to the original filament bulb. However, looking at the lens you can make out the little individual diodes glowing through the plastic. The energy savings is unbelievable: six LED fixtures draw the same as one of the old filament bulbs.
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:36 AM   #19

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Originally Posted by Skatiero View Post
We are hoping to do the led upgrade when we can afford it. How do you like the overall effect?
We've found that warm white is better inside, and the bright white,(clear lens), for the exterior. As noted, match bulb color to lens for the exterior tail and clearance lights.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:46 AM   #20
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I redid the whole interior in LEDs. I agree with Bob, warm white is best, EXCEPT, we like bright white over work areas, like the under cabinet on the kitchen counter; the light above the bath mirror (for makeup & stuff); and the reading lights above the bed and couch.

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Old 05-13-2012, 06:45 AM   #21
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I installed warm white led strip lights with a transformer for when I am on AC.

I now realize on solar power the "transformer block" takes too much power for my inverter. For my existing batteries and inverter which will be upgraded shortly.

If I want to wire them directly to the (12v) system.
  • Any suggestions on that wiring? Do I have to go all the way back to the battery and run off the positive and negative?
  • I want to put an in-line fuse on the hot side? Any size suggestions?
  • The specs for the lights use 32 watts for 16 ft of warm white lights.
  • I do have a dimmer in line on both units.
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