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Old 03-11-2015, 09:20 AM   #57
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My goal ultimately is to bring in the temperature-color variable LEDs so as to allow for blue-removal at dusk and the evening, and provide a dim able solution so if my partner wants to sleep, the brilliant light experience of the dinette or central hallway doesn't dazzle him too greatly. The newer models already have dimmers - I just need to see what I can do to combine a dimmer into the older model 2011 series and add a color graduator atop that as well.


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Old 03-11-2015, 09:46 AM   #58
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We just finished replacing ours, we came the conclusion that in some areas we prefer cool white and a brighter light. Like directly over the sink for food prep, but the main over heads we prefer 3500K warm white, and also over the dinette. In the bath we like cool white too.

I also did some comparison shopping thru different vendors, and I will say this without trying to be harsh, but there is zero reason anyone should continue to pay $11-14 per LED puck. Personal opinion, but you are over paying. Again, just my opinion from my own research in comparing the products.

Now not all LED's are created equal. The LED's themselves have different characteristics based on the LED in use, the board and resisters attached, etc. A lot of people on Instagram didn't believe me that my 24 LED light on the end in the picture below is actually not nearly as bright as the 12 LED light on the opposite light which is insanely bright. But when they are together you can see the size difference of the LED itself on each puck.

I've been meaning to do a write up, but have a few more LED's coming to me and need to get my white balance set properly on my camera so I can get even photos of each light for fair reporting.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:23 AM   #59
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We never did like the coldness of the fluorescent lights in our Classic and only use them on occasion, preferring to use the incandescents. As the incandescents have burned out I slowly have been replacing them with warm LED's that match the incandescent's warmth. Outdoors I've replaced the patio and step lights with the colder white LED's. I also replaced the original incandescent tail light assemblies with the LED conversion kit that was sold by Airstream. All my other LED's have been purchased from LED4rv.com. They have a good selection and advice if you have questions.

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For 10,000 years or more we sT around campfires with warm yellow light. Now suddenly we're to accept blue white. No, do better!
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For 10,000 years or more we sT around campfires with warm yellow light. Now suddenly we're to accept blue white. No, do better!
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Um, yeah because it's natural. What do you think rains down on you all day, every day of your life since the day you where born?

Higher color temperatures (4600K or more) are called daylight colors which appear blue-white. Mid-range color temperatures (3100K–4600K) look cool white. Lower color temperatures (up to 3000K) are called warm white colors and range from red to yellowish-white in tone.

Color temperature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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yes - and I don't want daylight light shining down on me after sunset I want that blue outta there!
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #63
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LED Colors?

The easiest way to have what you want in the LED color is to purchase theatre gels, and i like the Bastard Amber color when used in the stock AS LED's for 2015. The overall effect is so much more pleasant than the bright whites, although over my cooking area I have not placed filters in the lights as I like the very brightest when cooking.

Plus, the nice thing about the gels is that if one wants to change these it is not a problem. And, much less expensive than the purchase of new LED bulbs.
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #64
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Yup. Brown to yellow light is relaxing at night. Strong blue light messes with your bodies melatonin levels and can cause sleep issues. Some cell phones and computer displays can do similar things.

Bottom line, try to stay off the electronics before bedtime.

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The easiest way to have what you want in the LED color is to purchase theatre gels, and i like the Bastard Amber color when used in the stock AS LED's for 2015. The overall effect is so much more pleasant than the bright whites, although over my cooking area I have not placed filters in the lights as I like the very brightest when cooking.

Plus, the nice thing about the gels is that if one wants to change these it is not a problem. And, much less expensive than the purchase of new LED bulbs.
LED Bulbs for our Airstreams are actually relatively inexpensive, 10 for 10 almost.

I just got more from another manufacture to test. These where about $1.68 a per puck.

Testing a few different colors.
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