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Old 02-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Replacing Fluorescent Lights with LED

Well I decided to see what the LED replacement for flourescent looks like. So I ordered two Bright White 12" strips from LED4RV. I wanted to see how it looked, so I just ordered enough for one light. I installed them in the fixture yesterday, took about a half hour (had to cut the wires going to the Ballast and crimp the wires to the LED strips). By the way, the wire colors in the fixture were white and black and the LED strip colors were red and white... The red LED strip wire went to the black fixture wire, and (obviously) the black LED strip wire went to the white fixture wire.

I like the light from the LEDs, it is very white and seems to be brighter; whereas the light from the flourescent lights has a bit of a yellow tint. I haven't measured the current draw, but understand that it should be about half with the LEDs.

I attempted to take some pictures to compare (see below); on the individual light pictures, the shutter speed and aperture are the same for comparison purposes (LED light first). Then I took a picture of both fixtures together, the LED is the closest fixture (can't tell much difference in this picture).

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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Impressive. I'm kinda ok with our old flourescents but would not mind doing a test on some of the 12 volt bulbs..
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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I have replace all of mine. I found the draw about half as well. I do like white light for work areas, but I like the yellow for living area illumination.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:02 AM   #4
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Awesome! Thanks for posting this as we were wondering about it after reading the recent article in Airstream Life. I'm going to give it a try after reading your post and seeing your photos.
I just noticed they have warm and bright light strips on their website www.led4rv.com
Very cool.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:38 AM   #5
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I have replaced all lights with LEDs in my trailer. The flourescents in the bathroom and over the kitchen sink are bright white strips. All the flourescents in the ceiling were replaced with soft white strips. The bright whites are brighter than the flourescents I replaced, most notable in the bathroom where there are 2 fixtures. The lamp fixtures were bulb replacement and am very happy with all of it. Especially when running of battery power. The lights stay the same brightness as the power decreases.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:11 AM   #6
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We'd replaced the brake lights some years back for the simple reason of safety. With the sun on the backside the brakes are much brighter and a bit quicker than the traditional bulb types. I'm really excited about replacing interior lights, expecially in the bathroom. Thanks everyone for the good comments.
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I just completed the change out to LEDs in the bath and on the main living area light that is utilized most often. This was so quick and easy I'll convert the two other ceiling lights next. What a difference! Thanks for the easy instructions 10Smiles.
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