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Old 06-03-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
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LED's are the way to go to save batteries and have more mellow lighting. Mellow, but fine to see with. They are expensive, but we like the light a lot better. The recessed lights were too bright. Check out this thread—it goes back quite a ways, but the answers are revealed later on:


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Old 06-03-2009, 01:46 PM   #16
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The lighting fixtures in our 2005 have two 12-volt lamps in each and can be switched so that only one comes on, or both. My wife reads alot, so in her two favorite reading spots and in the bathroom, I replaced the bulb that comes on first with a lower rated lamp. That way she can use the dimmer bulb and save the battery when she is just reading. Also, the dimmer bulb in the bathroom keeps you from getting blinded when you get up at night.

This probably doesn't save a whole lot of battery capacity, but every little bit helps; and it's a lot cheaper than converting to LEDs, buying bigger or more batteries, or adding solar panels. Plus, my wife reads A LOT at night, so this cuts the current in half, compared to what she used to use.

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Old 06-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #17
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Gene, that's a great link on the LED lights. I will try to change a few to LED and also make the changes Phoenix recommended. I rarely go to campgrounds and having a more energy efficient unit is key. Thanks for all the info you all!

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