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Old 06-27-2019, 03:14 PM   #1
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Anyone ever replace the interior ceiling lights on National RV?

Hey everyone!

I'm looking at updating the ceiling lights in our MH. I have a National Tradewinds 395LE. Does anyone know if I have to put 12DC Volt light fixtures in, or are they 120VAC?
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In our 1999 Tradewinds they're all 12VDC.

I just purchased 12" x 12" flat panel LED lights to replace the five center fluorescent light fixtures. They're 24VDC and I'm waiting for 12VDC to 24VDC converters to arrive. I'm looking forward to better light and less power consumption.
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My former coach, a 2007 Tropical, had all 12 volt lights, including the fluorescents. I replaced all bulbs with LEDs.
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That is precisely what I am looking to do. They are very large lights and use a lot of power. I could swap to LED fixtures and save a lot of power.


Good to know they're DC power- that'll help a lot!


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Old 06-28-2019, 05:25 AM   #5
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That is precisely what I am looking to do. They are very large lights and use a lot of power. I could swap to LED fixtures and save a lot of power.


Good to know they're DC power- that'll help a lot!


Thanks!
I switched every bulb in our 1998 Sea Breeze to led with the exception of the florescent fixture. All factory lighting is 12vdc on all rv's to my knowledge. The bulbs are a little pricey but can be had in virtually any size and shape. We had a list of bulb style numbers in our manual.
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I switched every bulb in our 1998 Sea Breeze to led with the exception of the florescent fixture. All factory lighting is 12vdc on all rv's to my knowledge. The bulbs are a little pricey but can be had in virtually any size and shape. We had a list of bulb style numbers in our manual.
Actually, that's not correct. My current coach has 120 AC lighting for some fixtures as no some other makes.


Regarding the 12v fluorescent lights, they can easily be adapted to LED by removing the ballast, which is the big power draw. The 12v LED tubes are expensive, but others have used LED strips instead to produce very strong illumination.
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There are exceptions to every rule. That's why I said to MY knowledge, I have been...wait for it...
ENLIGHTENED! 🤣
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There are exceptions to every rule. That's why I said to MY knowledge, I have been...wait for it...
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LOL, I learned that very early on as well! The more "certain" you are about something, the more likely the exception will bite you. I certainly did not take your post to be a definitive statement, that's why I began with "Actually," and was really aiming at the OP. It's all good.
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LOL, I learned that very early on as well! The more "certain" you are about something, the more likely the exception will bite you. I certainly did not take your post to be a definitive statement, that's why I began with "Actually," and was really aiming at the OP. It's all good.
Yup...all good. I took no offense.
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I converted my flourescent fixtures to LED recently. I bought rolls of sticky backed LEDs and snap on wire tails on Amazon.
As somebody else said, remove the ballast and Tube hardware. Everything is riveted in place so a 1/8 drill bit removes the rivet heads. I installed five 15 inch strips of LED's in each fixture. We prefer cool white bulbs, but other options exist.
The fixtures in my coach are all plugged into the coach wiring harness so removal and re-installation is not difficult
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Mike... I see you put up 5 strips to replace the 2 bulbs... I have already purchased a 66 ft roll of lights.... maybe a little hotter than the cool white...



Did you try any other number than 5 first.... or does the 5 strips seem to do the job...


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My Friend had already done his Monaco and he used 5 strips in each fixture.
My wife and I liked that level of brightness so I did the same number...
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Hello

I replaced my fluros with these:

Cabin Bright FLED/R18-192 LED Tube Replacement (15-18 Inch 12 Volt Fluorescent) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CWKO32C..._0K0gDbE86HBGE

They are very bright, but not overwhelming. Great service from the seller as well if you need it.
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