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Old 08-02-2011, 09:04 AM   #29
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I installed under-cabinet LED's (from VTS) and replaced all original lights w/LED's.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:40 AM   #30
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Replaced interior Halogens with LED's 4 years ago. They still are going strong with no failures. Earlier in this thread someone mentioned LED's put out significant heat, pure bull.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:59 AM   #31
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Michael,

I kept my original light fixtures because I wanted to retain the look. I installed an LED bulb (got them from PPL in Houston) in each fixture in the first position. If I am on batteries I just click the switch once and have only the LED come on. Because of the high cost of the LED bulbs I kept the cheap 1141 incandescent bulbs in the other 3 sockets in each fixture. This arrangement works well. I would like to have LED bulbs in all the sockets but the cost was too much right now. The newer LED bulbs I got from PPL are very bright and we have plenty of light when using only the LED's.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:07 PM   #32
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Michael,

I kept my original light fixtures because I wanted to retain the look. I installed an LED bulb (got them from PPL in Houston) in each fixture in the first position. If I am on batteries I just click the switch once and have only the LED come on. Because of the high cost of the LED bulbs I kept the cheap 1141 incandescent bulbs in the other 3 sockets in each fixture. This arrangement works well. I would like to have LED bulbs in all the sockets but the cost was too much right now. The newer LED bulbs I got from PPL are very bright and we have plenty of light when using only the LED's.

Thanks Bruce,

I just ordered the last of my LED lights a few hours ago. I need the fixtures too. Wanted metal fixtures and we found some we liked at Boat supply dealers online. Actually ordered a individually switched lights as halogen to save on $$. Can upgrade to LED if needed.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:10 PM   #33
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Looks GREAT!

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I installed under-cabinet LED's (from VTS) and replaced all original lights w/LED's.

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Looks to be plenty of light...nice. Thanks for posting pics.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:02 PM   #34
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I bought a few LED replacements at AS store last year. They put out good light and no heat.

Yesterday, I rec'd 2 LEDs that I bought on Ebay and installed them yesterday.

The AS store bulbs are a little warmer color, but pricey.

I lit up the coach last nite to get a good impression, and ordered 20 more on Ebay to replace all ($60 del'd). At that price, I didn't figure I could go too far wrong.

The heat output of the halogens is my main negative.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #35
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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.
There are lots of options but a great place to start LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles! The LED pads just replace the bulbs in what ever you want to put in. I used the pads in most of the original fixtures in our AS. We like the light even for reading, and the lack of heat and power savings is very nice.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #36
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I just got a couple of LED's from Cyber Tech in Hong Kong off of Ebay to try out. $1 a piece plus $1.50 shipping each (?). They seem to be bright enough but time will tell if they hold up. Meanwhile, I replaced all of the 10W halogens with 5W halogen bulbs. Plenty bright and maybe half the power usage. (But that's up to the electro-hex heads to figure out)

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Old 08-14-2011, 11:47 PM   #37
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New LED Lights for 66 Tradewind

I have been wanting to install LED lights in my Tradewind for a while now, but have not due to the cost for 20 bulbs and I just was not sure which ones to buy. The link provided by dpe01 pushed me over the edge. I ordered 10 bulbs (36 LED SMD warm white interior room dome door car light) for less than $40. I had not idea of how they would work in my fixtures, how I would install them, light output or current and heat output. I will say that the transplant was successful. Each fixture had 4 1156 bulbs. I replaced the four 1156 bulbs with 2 LED light pads. The light output appears to be at least as much as the 1156 bulbs and the quality looks the same, so I am quite happy. The LED's also use about 1/10th the current of the 1156 bulbs and therefore put out 1/10th the heat. This is critical when boondocking. Here are some measurements I took: 2 1156 bulbs- 2.8 amps, 1 LED pad- 0.30 amps. Initial battery voltage- 12.88, voltage when 4 1156 bulbs turned on- 12.18, voltage when 2 LED pads turned on- 12.84. Here are some photos of the work I did:
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I have been wanting to install LED lights in my Tradewind for a while now, but have not due to the cost for 20 bulbs and I just was not sure which ones to buy. The link provided by dpe01 pushed me over the edge. I ordered 10 bulbs (36 LED SMD warm white interior room dome door car light) for less than $40. I had not idea of how they would work in my fixtures, how I would install them, light output or current and heat output. I will say that the transplant was successful. Each fixture had 4 1156 bulbs. I replaced the four 1156 bulbs with 2 LED light pads. The light output appears to be at least as much as the 1156 bulbs and the quality looks the same, so I am quite happy. The LED's also use about 1/10th the current of the 1156 bulbs and therefore put out 1/10th the heat. This is critical when boondocking. Here are some measurements I took: 2 1156 bulbs- 2.8 amps, 1 LED pad- 0.30 amps. Initial battery voltage- 12.88, voltage when 4 1156 bulbs turned on- 12.18, voltage when 2 LED pads turned on- 12.84. Here are some photos of the work I did:
Nice! Thanks for the pics.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:20 AM   #39
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Exterior Light LED Conversion

I previously replaced all 20 of the overhead 1156 bulbs in my Tradewind with 10 LED pads (see post above). I had one LED left since I ordered 11 LEDs assuming that possibly only 10 would work since they were so cheap. All LEDs worked, so I decided to replace the exterior flood light with an LED pad. As with the interior lights, I removed the 1156 base, installed a grommet in the hole and connected the 12v wiring directly to the LED wiring. It all worked great! Now I have twice as much light (I think) and I am only using about 1/5 of the current. Photos to follow.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:49 AM   #40
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Exterior LED Conversion Photos

Photo 1 is the LED pad. Photo 2 is the LED installed in the flood light. Photo 3 is the working LED flood light.
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Someone pointed out to me that mosquitoes don't see LED light. That's great for outside lights!
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Although I can't find a more scientific article, this one seems pretty reasonable (all the ones aside from wiki appear to be on informational pages of websites that also sell a mosquito killing product)

Most sites seem to agree that CO2, temperature, and humidity are the leading attractors of mosquitoes. So while Holmes on Holmes may have simplified it down to "mosquitoes can't see LED" it's likely because of the huge difference in heat emitted between the two lighting types.
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