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Old 07-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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What year for LEDs?

What year did AS go to LED's as a stock item for the interior of the Flying Cloud 23FB?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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I have seen them in 2011 models, sometimes they change stuff mid-year during production.

Advisory: They are very bright and a not-so-pleasant bluish color compared to the lights you have, which give a beautiful natural color. I know, the ones you have get really hot and burn out all the time (they're cheap to buy and easy to replace), but it's not a complete upgrade.

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Old 07-02-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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Is there a solution? I also understand that the 2012 came with a dimmer... We got out AS at a fair price and were not willing to pass up the deal because of no LED's however, less heat, longer life and less power usage are all big incentives... is there a way to get dimmable led's into a 2010?
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There are plenty of threads on upgrading to LEDs. A recent one is http://www.airforums.com/forums/f447...des-88369.html. You can search for others.

I would recommend the warm white LEDs over the "bright white" ones. The bright white ones look extremely blue to me and result in strange colors inside. Sort of like being underwater. Of course, that's my opinion.

If you're unsure, get one replacement for the fixtures you're considering upgrading and see how you like it.

I have gotten LEDs from LED Lights, Bulbs & Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS and been pleased. Dan from LEDs 4 RV is a frequent poster on the forums, and they have a great reputation too. Plenty of outer sources, of course.
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We replaced all our halogen blubs and incandescent bulbs with LEDs (what a huge difference in power draw and heat!)... Unlike most, we prefer the bright white lights as opposed to the warm lights. But that's purely a matter of personal preference.
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We replaced all our halogen blubs and incandescent bulbs with LEDs (what a huge difference in power draw and heat!)... Unlike most, we prefer the bright white lights as opposed to the warm lights. But that's purely a matter of personal preference.
Was it the fixture that needed to be replaced or just the bulb itself. We have an Ocean Breeze and would love to reduce heat and power draw; it is the overhead lights I am considering swapping out if it were just the bulbs that I needed to replace, thanks.
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Was it the fixture that needed to be replaced or just the bulb itself. We have an Ocean Breeze and would love to reduce heat and power draw; it is the overhead lights I am considering swapping out if it were just the bulbs that I needed to replace, thanks.
You don't need to replace the fixture...its a direct switch out of the bulb...easy as pie. The hardest part is getting the ring and the lens off the inset light fixture...Turn the l ight off and let it cool down first...use a sharp knife to pry out the innermost metal ring, which hold the lens...go slow and steady so as not to let the knife slip and scratch the ring or surrounding aluminum (we have an aluminum interior too). When you have it pried open a bit you'll be able to pop it out...be careful not to drop the lens ... sometimes they are loose... Then you will see the halogen bulb...just take it out (they don't like body oil, so use a cloth or paper tissue to grab them)... Replace it with the LED replacement (a flat disk of LED arrays with two prongs that fit where the prongs of the halogen fit)... Test the light before you put the lens back on... Then replace the ring and lens...you'll notice that there is a notched area on the inner side of the ring that needs to fit over a sort of cross bar in the fixture's body...just align that to the ring and press it back in...they stay in by tension. Presto...LED lights!
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2003 to 2010 are Halogen when it comes to the recessed down or puck lights
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Just reading through and wondered if anyone knows whether replacement dimable rocker switches are available to upgrade the stock main and bedroom light switches in our 2010 27FB? Ours has LEDs in both locations, and although the light is adequate, we're not planning any surgical procedures!
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Just reading through and wondered if anyone knows whether replacement dimable rocker switches are available to upgrade the stock main and bedroom light switches in our 2010 27FB? Ours has LEDs in both locations, and although the light is adequate, we're not planning any surgical procedures!
The question is, is the circuit that your lights are on, have a common ground. Most Airstream units (2010 and before) are grounded via the frame, for some of the 12 volt system. LEDs require a isolated circuit.
http://youtu.be/E1mtUyIO-1E

There are some slider style/rocker switches dimmers out there that are PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) dimmers, but if your unit is not wired with a isolated circuit it won't do you any good. We do not carry the slider style dimmers because of the price.
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OK Dan, I'll do some deeper investigation this weekend. Thanks for your response, and I'll get back - probably with more questions.
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Just reading through and wondered if anyone knows whether replacement dimable rocker switches are available to upgrade the stock main and bedroom light switches in our 2010 27FB? Ours has LEDs in both locations, and although the light is adequate, we're not planning any surgical procedures!
I purchased dimmers from Airstream - cost was a bit over 80 bucks for two 3 years ago - and added them to my 2011 25FB Flying Cloud with no problems. Just make sure you follow the directions for hooking them up.
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I purchased dimmers from Airstream - cost was a bit over 80 bucks for two 3 years ago - and added them to my 2011 25FB Flying Cloud with no problems. Just make sure you follow the directions for hooking them up.
Al, 2011 was the first year that Airstream used LEDs for the overhead lights. Did your unit have two wires coming from the lights or was one wire used and the ground attached to the frame?
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