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Old 08-17-2013, 09:57 AM   #15
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Question Lights too bright in 22 ft. Sport

Read about replacing them with LEDs, but no one mentioned wattage for LEDs or where to buy them. Also, someone mentioned 1003 regular bayonnet mount bulbs. Do you know where to get them? On our first trip - in Wyoming heading to Montana and it is too bright! Also anyone know where to get a battery operated little lamp that uses a 12 volt battery as a base - used to have one in an old camper - nice soft light when dry camping! Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #16
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Thanks Ahab! That sounds like a plausible solution. I guess very low wattage incandescent #1141 bayonet mounts are unavailable. I will follow your advice and go with the LED's!
The 1141 is the low wattage version. 1156 and 1141 bulbs use the same base but an 1156 is 26 watts with less resistance so it burns brighter and hotter. The 1141 bulb is 18.4 watts. However the 1003 is only 12.4 watts but will be considerably dimmer than the 1141.Any auto parts store should keep it in stock for about $2.00 each.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #17
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Read about replacing them with LEDs, but no one mentioned wattage for LEDs or where to buy them. Also, someone mentioned 1003 regular bayonnet mount bulbs. Do you know where to get them? On our first trip - in Wyoming heading to Montana and it is too bright! Also anyone know where to get a battery operated little lamp that uses a 12 volt battery as a base - used to have one in an old camper - nice soft light when dry camping! Thanks.
Typically less than 3 watts. Google LED for RV's.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:31 AM   #18
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Bright interior lights solution

Put 9.3 watt long life #97 bulbs in one side of each ceiling fixture. Much better. It is 13.5 volts, or so it says, but works fine. Got it at a auto supply store.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #19
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Thanks to all for the gracious support on this issue. I'm ordering the 1003's to try as vikx recommended. Thanks to rickandsandi for the dimmer suggestion!

I love this forum... (and my Stream) - Carl...off to Dakota for New Years!
Hi there! I upgraded most of my interior lighting to LED with one exception. I left one 1203 automotive bulb in one of the bath fixtures. The base is the same as a 1003 or 1157 but it's made for a 24V system so it has a dim warm glow at 12V. I leave the bath light switch on at night and switch all the fixtures off except the one with a 1203 lamp. It provides enough light for the kids to find the bathroom in the middle of the night without disturbing anyone. I burns cool at 12V.

I use this site for LED replacements:

http://www.led4rv.com/

Here's a link to the 1203 on Amazon but I'm sure all auto parts stores have 'em.

http://www.amazon.com/home-improvement/dp/B007XKXKPW

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:03 PM   #20
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Here's a picture of my Bath 1203 and LED replacements in action. I leave only the 1203 on at bedtime. - Brad
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:56 PM   #21
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My LED report.

This summer I finally replaced all the halogen bulbs in my Bambi 16 with LEDs. Previously, I could draw down the battery dramatically after only a half hour of halogen light use! (Not to mention significant heating, which I did not want.) I used to use battery-operated lanterns and headlamps for reading, because the halogens were so power-hungry.
Now, I use whatever lights I want, for as long as I want, and the power drain is insignificant. No unwanted heat coming from the fixtures, either. It was fun doing internet searches and finding various styles and prices of LEDs.
One thing I did was to spray paint the interior surface of the textured glass lens of each round, flush-mount fixture while I was changing out the halogens. I used white paint, and the result was a softer, more pleasant light in the multiple (9-12) LED 'bulbs' I used in the ceiling fixtures. The overall look is very much in keeping with the CCD interior design.
I found LEDs for ALL the interior fixtures, paid no more than $3.95 per fixture (some were less than $1). I also replaced the exterior light above the door and the light by the hitch as well (so that if I forget and leave them on all night, the battery is still alive in the morning).
LEDs are cheap now, and abundant. All you have to do is learn the terminology (i.e. bayonet, etc.) to describe the kind of halogen bulb you're replacing, and go to town on Google search (or whatever search engine floats your boat). Look for free shipping deals.
Best. Modification. Ever. for boondocking.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #22
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Re: LED replacement bulbs

Today, I replaced 20 incandescent bulbs (type 1141 = 19 each, C921 = 1 each) in our 19-foot Bambi, with "warm white" LED bulbs from EverSale.com ($4.99 each, plus $4.90 shipping). The color and brightness are almost exactly the same, with the LEDs being very slightly brighter than the original incandescent bulbs. Also, the LED bulbs are just a little bit longer. However, all easily fit in their respective lighting fixtures with no interference.

* 1141: Amazon.com: LED 2W 12V White Omni Bulb BA15S 1156 P21W Brake Tail 18 5050 SM: Home Improvement

* C921: Amazon.com: LED 18x5050 2W 12V White Omni Wedge Bulb T10 194 168 2825 W5W: Home Improvement

I am impressed by the order processing and "standard" shipping speed from EverSale.com. My order was placed through Amazon.com, early Tuesday. Then, later that day, Eversale.com processed and shipped the order from Florida; the box was in transit to Arizona on Wednesday and Thursday; and the LEDs were delivered today (Friday), 3-7 days ahead of schedule.

As an aside, the bare incandescent bulbs get hot enough to burn you after being on for only a few seconds, and these LEDs are just warm to the touch after 15-20 minutes. Plus, the LEDs only draw about 15% of the current used by the incandescent bulbs, which makes LEDs great for boondocking.

While long term reliability is yet to be determined, my initial impression of EverSale.com and these specific LED bulbs is very favorable; and I plan to buy LEDs from them again.

Note: I have no connection to Amazon.com or EverSale.com, other than being a satisfied customer.
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One thing I did was to spray paint the interior surface of the textured glass lens of each round, flush-mount fixture while I was changing out the halogens. I used white paint, and the result was a softer, more pleasant light in the multiple (9-12) LED 'bulbs' I used in the ceiling fixtures. The overall look is very much in keeping with the CCD interior design.
I did the same type of thing but I used a LEE diffusion filter for stage and film lighting in each fixture between the LEDs an the glass. You can cut all of the gels from one standard sheet (about $5-$6) _Brad
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:41 AM   #24
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UPDATE:

Amazon.com no longer lists the vendor that I bought our LED bulbs from, whose prices are quite a bit less than the sellers currently listed. Below are the links to the EverSale.com LED bulbs that we bought:

This bulb fits bayonet-type sockets: http://www.eversale.com/catalog2_1/p...ail-5050-p-181

This bulb fits wedge-type sockets: http://www.eversale.com/catalog2_1/p...ulb-2825-p-232

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1. I have no connection to EverSale.com, other than being a satisfied customer.

2. Current price for the bayonet-base LED bulb has fallen about $1.00 each, while the wedge-base bulb is about the same price as a year ago.

3. We have had no failures with the 20+ LED bulbs we installed in September 2013.
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I haven't used incandescents in our trailers in over 10 years and never had a problem. Today they are cheaper and offer a more pleasant light. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would stay with filament bulbs.
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