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Old 12-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #15
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Like most of the others, I am not super fond of New Lucy's bright white LED ceiling lights. I think that I am going to try some of the Marlene filter material.


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Old 12-20-2014, 09:58 AM   #16
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Greatly prefer the warm white look. That is what we have in the Airstream. Some of our LEDs at home are cool whites, and they are, IMO, too bright and harsh.

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Old 12-20-2014, 10:12 AM   #17
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Do not get to whacked out about the color of the bright white LEDs. These put out the most light. About changing these.....

Take your pick as to color:
Serenity_Mods_12.06.14-4 by, on Flickr

Actually, the bedroom lights do not appear greenish, but simply warm. Go to one of the theatre gel folks, like here:

Theatrical Gel Sheets - Ambers/Oranges

Order some several orange/yellow or whatever color you want, and then by cutting small round inserts you can have any color you want. Inexpensive, and as some of us like the warm white....calms us down considerably.

I have placed the gels in all but the main room lights, which are dimple so the color is less obnoxious.

Look at all of the modifications in my Serenity to get an idea of what is possible.

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Old 12-20-2014, 10:16 AM   #18
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Warm white is nice for mood and cold white works well for tasks, cleaning, reading, kitchen.

So we put a contemporary style lamp on our dinette with a 120 vac warm led bulb that gives the interior a pleasant glow, and left everything else as is. Use the task lights (cold LED) as needed. Works well.

A small auto-style inverter powers the lamp and charges the laptops, phone when boon docking so we don't have the higher battery drain of the coach inverter.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:27 AM   #19
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I swapped out the white lenses for clear ones and we to get more light from the LEDs. We also use a mix of both cool and warm.
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:22 AM   #20
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When you replaced your halogen lights with LED's, was that a simple or complicated job? Is it simply a matter of unscrewing bulbs and screwing in the replacements?
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:31 AM   #21
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I went with warm white LED replacement bulbs on my Classic including the overhead florescent lighting. Since its got the hickory cabinets and vinyl ceiling and mouse fur I thought the warm tone worked best. Did the same in my previous Casita. Warm LED is closest to an incandescent bulb. The scare light is converted but it came with a cool white.

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Old 12-20-2014, 11:41 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by TRizzuti View Post
When you replaced your halogen lights with LED's, was that a simple or complicated job? Is it simply a matter of unscrewing bulbs and screwing in the replacements?
Very simple job. Most of the halogens are two pin type, replacements usually LED sheets with two pin connectors.

As with any retrofit, changing the first will take two minutes, and each subsequent one 30 seconds.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:27 PM   #23
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I can't believe that they are hard wired but if they are, can't you just get a soldering iron and replace them that way. I have a 2005 CCD and replaced all of the lights with warm led lights. Blue or Cold White LEDs will ruin your romance.

Colonial Airstream had everything in stock for the conversion at competitive prices. I've also used for warm leds. If you can take one of your lights apart, they will probably have a replacement part.
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Old 12-20-2014, 12:29 PM   #24
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I think it would depend on the AS decor to some degree - as well as personal preference.

In our older "Classic" with mouse fur, lots of oak etc. I find the warm bulbs are much better suited and give a cosy feel.

In fact when I initially ordered some warm white led's t replace reading lights, I was sent cool white by mistake. I tried them then returned them for exchange - to me, they just didn't look right with the decor.

But I would imagine that with one of the newer model Airstreams with lots of exposed aluminum inside and very modern decor /monotone coloured panels, etc., the cool white would be a much better match for the more 'space age" look.

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Old 12-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #25
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Thanks, I will try a couple samples of the gel. Which color(s) did you use?

I saw your thread a while back, and you have done a great job on your trailer.

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Old 12-20-2014, 12:45 PM   #26
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Thanks for the comments. I will follow up on whether to try filters. Most of the lights are the flush mount type, in the ceiling or in the overhead storage, behind the sliding doors.

I realize this is a personal taste issue, and that we must be on the wring side of the issue from whomever is making these choices at Airstream, but It is good to hear the range of opinions on the forum.

We will not enjoy our new trailer with the lights A/S put in there, so we will either add filters if practical or swap the lights. Maybe we can sell the cool white fixtures to someine who likes them and wants to upgrade from halogen...

It's personal taste and also the net lighting effect is influenced heavily by the color scheme of the trailer or motorhome in question.

The GOOD news is that, depending on your fixtures, you can probably afford to experiment. We recently retrofitted our 2007 from all halogen and were forced to use Airstream brand LEDs (expensive - $15 apiece) in our spotlights because we could not find any other suitable product for those fixtures. However, the ceiling puck lights only cost about $3.50 each (I think the ceiling fixtures are very similar in most Airstreams, whether motorhome or trailer). We went with the warm white ones, because with all the gray and black in our Airstream, cooler bulbs made everything look positively ghoulish.

You can see sourcing info and a pic of the interior here if you are interested. The pic at the end of the post is fairly true-to-life.

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Old 12-20-2014, 01:26 PM   #27
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For 100000 yrs or so we sat around camp files which give off a yellowish blue light. Ie Warm white. LED research has spent Hugh sums of money making the sterile white of LEDS look like the lights we are used to and evolved with. So go figure.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:55 PM   #28
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Use the lighting behind the international sliding diffuser doors ...dim the main for us.

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