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Old 07-13-2011, 05:09 PM   #15
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My trailer came from the factory with lights very similar to these:


The difference is that, with the exception of a galley light mounted on the bottom of a cabinet, they're slightly recessed into the ceiling so that they don't reduce headroom as much. I would imagine that the recessed ones are available from Airstream dealers.

Several internet retailers sell the surface mount ones for around $80 each.

I have one 30w fixture and six of the 16w fixtures. I did upgrade the tubes to a higher-end tube to improve the color rendition and efficiency.

The light is diffuse, even, and moderately bright without being glaring.

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Old 07-13-2011, 06:19 PM   #16
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We are just trying to get our AS road worthy then the real work starts. I got a great deal on some LEDs just in case we would try a boon-dock run first time out. 6 LED pads as replacements for incandescent in original fixtures, got it on Ebay for less than $40. My wife liked the results so much I paid much more next time I saw another pack of 6 available. I didn't think she would like the "bright wight" but she did. check out Dan at LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles. I don't have a 'point of reference' but I like his stuff!

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #17
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We just left Jackson Cemter and I bought bright LEDs to replace the halogen bulbs in the reading lights above the couch and master bed. At the same time I bought two to replace the fluorescent above the new SS sink. The LEDs above the bed are definitely an improvement. I have not installed the other yet.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:46 PM   #18
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We have replaced all interior lights (both incandescent and halogen), including closets and stove hood, and the exterior door step, patio and compartment lights with LEDs. We wouldn't have it any other way. Huge improvement in low power usage when dry camping and far less heat generation. We chose white lights rather than the warm lights, and like them very much. We tried the warm colored LEDs but didn't care for the yellowish light. So far we have not had an LED fail.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:47 PM   #19
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:22 PM   #20
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I replaced everything everywhere on my Safari with LEDs two years ago - for current draw / battery life issues ... I usually run off of solar panels while boondocking. Got 'em at in St. Louis. Not cheap, but no failures. Markedly reduced current draw ... the brightest I have draw about 375 ma, if I recall correctly. The current draw per lumen is about on a par with low voltage fluorescents, but the service life is much longer. I just replaced the automotive type bulbs in the cheap fixtures in my trailer with equivalent LED-on-circuitboard warm-white types.

Haven't used a pro light meter on them, but though the the output is completely adequate, it appears slightly less than the replaced incandescents. And as to heat output; it's negligible. There is some, of course, but I can't feel it by hand and haven't bothered to take temperature readings. It's really trivial.

Also, so I can read while someone else aboard sleeps, I got an older "Tensor" type desk / reading light for $1 at a resale shop and rewired ity bypassing the internal transformer so it could work on 12volt, put a 12volt plug on it, and put in a directional LED bulb. Voila! It also makes for terrific up-close task lighting for fly tying, extracting splinters, etc.

After all this, I also converted or replaced all of my flashlights to LED bulbs - the batteries now last for years of my light usage.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:02 PM   #21
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We installed LED's well over 2 years ago and 25,000 miles or so and none have failed. I spent more for better quality and it has paid off. We boondock sometimes and they use very, very little power and we have one as a night light and it takes so little battery that we can leave it on all night. The halogens in the main cabin were so bright I replaced them with LED's with fewer lumens and now the lights are strong enough to see well and not so bright as to be garish. Then we replaced every other light but the main wardrobe and the step light.

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Old 07-13-2011, 11:09 PM   #22
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This is what I did... In the 58 flying cloud...
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #23
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We replaced our inside lights with LEDs and could not be happier with the results. Most of the camp sites Becky and I like to stay at don't have hookups and the lower power drain minimizes the amount we need to run the generator to recharge the batteries. We got ours from Dan at Service was great and shipping was free.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:12 PM   #24
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I am considering a new career as a hand model, but also you may notice the lights I used. Brand is lumatec. I like the name because it sounds like lunatic, which is what I am for spending so much on led lights for a trailer.

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Old 07-14-2011, 06:37 PM   #25
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Yeah Dan! rocks!
He even has a section for LED's for AS.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:59 PM   #26
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I am doing over a 71 trade wind and want to change to led. I do not like the center plastic light cover , vent combo set up ( plastic is now degraded) and want to change to something else using led. Does anyone have any clever ideas or dealt with this in a attractive way? I am not really interested in keeping the original items, more in getting a clean look with good lighting and venting.
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:34 AM   #27
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I like the idea of saving my batteries when out and about without services, and I do like to get away from the crowds from time to time. But LEDs hurt my eyes. I have replaced my tail lights with them, but haven't replaced my backup or marker lights yet because of cost and discoloration with the light through the amber lenses. I have no intent to go LED with reading lights. Would not be surprised if they come out with some study about how bad they are on your eyes - somebody will sue, and some kind of regulation will result. Seems to be the American way today ....
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:44 AM   #28
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I would go with LED's. I posted what I did a few weeks ago on another thread. Here is what I did. Previous Post I made some wooden frames to go around my fantastic vents.

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