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Old 09-26-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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who has replaced their Fluorescent light strips with LED?

The only ones I have been able to find that are close in size to the fluorescent strips are these ones from CW;
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I have been trying to find something less expensive as we have 6 to replace and I hate fluorescent lights (but hate to shell out $600+ even more)
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Go to QT's # 3 info for every type LED lights.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #3
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Here is a thread with lots of info for you!

Inexpensive Fluorescent to LED Upgrade
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Done the same as Texnet except went to Chinabuye.com and I believe I paid $15.00 for a 3 strip with 20 LED's on each.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:27 AM   #5
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koresample,

I've updated ours to LED using inexpensive rolls of lights with adhesive backing (about $15 for 15 feet, plus about $1.50 per "connector" that adds the power wires to the cut-up sections of LEDs).

The process is pretty simple if you're at all handy... snip a few wires to cut the ballast out of the circuit, then wire up a bunch of LED strip lights and stick 'em to the inside of the fluorescent light above where the bulbs used to be.

You can get LEDs in all kinds of "color temperatures", so you can decide what's best for you:
  • Cool white (6000K and up): these are the most commonly found LEDs. "Cool" = pretty heavy blue cast to the light
  • Natural white (4000-5000K): more like natural "daylight", but hard to find
  • Warm white (2500-3500K): more yellow to the light, similar to an incandescent bulb
Personally, I like the "warm white" ones... the warm, yellow light is much more like a typical incandescent bulb color. The "natural white" and "cool white" start getting a bit harsh/blue for my taste... but you may disagree!

Here's a video showing how we did it... in case it helps:

HOW TO: Convert Fluorescent RV Lights to LEDs - YouTube

(once you get to the YouTube page to watch the video, look below the video for the "Show More" text... click it to expand the video description so you can read even more details about the process).
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I recently bought these at a rally.
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I also used the LED strip lights in our 7 floresent fixtures. I doubt I had $30 in the whole project. I only used 2 strips per fixture and eventually added 2 more to a few where more light was desired.
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I also used the LED strip lights in our 7 floresent fixtures. I doubt I had $30 in the whole project. I only used 2 strips per fixture and eventually added 2 more to a few where more light was desired.
Excellent point... with the strips of LEDs you have the flexibility to use fewer if you have a light where you want LESS light than the fluorescent... or more strips if you want MORE light.

For instance, in our bathroom/shower area, the only time we turn on the fluorescent fixture is when we really want to see (shaving, trimming hair, etc). So, even though 2 strips of lights (in place of each fluorescent bulb, for a total of four strips) gave out about the same light as the original bulbs did... we opted to fit 2 more strips in for a total of 6... and now the light is noticeably brighter.

Love the flexibility that LEDs give!
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Thanks for all the tips; buying the strips to convert on ebay seems like the best solution however I am still stuck with the ugly old fixtures (circa 1999). Is there a place to purchase new fixtures without bulbs so I can update the look as well as do my LED conversion?
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Thanks for all the tips; buying the strips to convert on ebay seems like the best solution however I am still stuck with the ugly old fixtures (circa 1999). Is there a place to purchase new fixtures without bulbs so I can update the look as well as do my LED conversion?
Try these.

RV Fluorescent Light | eBay

12 volt Fluorescent Light Fixture for RV - PPL Motor Homes

Thin-Lite 134 CI ST 130 Series Fluorescent Light Fixture : Amazon.com : Automotive

Fluorescent RV Lights Store - RV Interior Lights
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I've been experimenting with LED lights in my house.

I use them on all outdoor lighting now because they do not attract bugs.

JohnT.........did you have to modify anything to use that EZ-108FCW-T8 lamp?
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JohnT.........did you have to modify anything to use that EZ-108FCW-T8 lamp?
The lights would just flicker once when turn on. I had to rewire (remove the ballast out of the circuit). I removed the light fixture from the ceiling to work on it on a bench. I'm vertically challenged so working in the fixture on the bench was far better than standing on a stool and looking up. Took me 10 minutes to cut the wires, solder the connections, tape and bench test. Tomorrow I'll stop by the rig and install it.
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