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Old 03-03-2016, 11:16 AM   #1
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Fluorescent ceiling fixture to LED conversion for $11 per fixture.

I was shocked at the cost of replacing the fluorescent tubes in my ceiling fixtures with LED tubes. So me, being cheap [Mod Edit] made this guide that will show you how to convert a Thin-Lite Model 746 from fluorescent lamps to LED lights for about $11 per fixture. I used a roll of waterproof LED lights that can be cut to size. I installed 4 – 12” strips of white LEDS in each fixture, and two strips of blue LEDS. I replaced the 2 position switch to a 3 position on-off-on switch to control what color lights you want on. The two blue lights are used for accent lighting, and are great to use as a nightlight. You can purchase any color accent lights. Versus the fluorescent lamps, power consumption went from 30 watts to less than two. Light output with the 4 - LED strips on was brighter than the fluorescent lamps. You can add more LED strips or longer strips if desired.

There are other posts in other forums about people that have done this, but I wanted to put together a more detailed guide. If you would like to download the guide it is here.
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It is a 25 Mb pdf, so if you have a slow internet connection, it may take a few minutes.
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Your download has problems right now. I have notified the moderators since it seems like it is a forum issue.

But, the main question I have is how do you protect your setup from the 14 volt charging voltage that seems to cause issues with early burn-out on other conversions. That is not covered in your pdf.
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The attached video works if your device has the right codex (it's a MP4 file)...but before anyone spends time updating their computer, is just a simple view of the OP turning on the light, then off, then on in BLUE, then off.

The "How-To" file is in the iRV2 "Files" section here:
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The attached video works if your device has the right codex (it's a MP4 file)...but before anyone spends time updating their computer, is just a simple view of the OP turning on the light, then off, then on in BLUE, then off.

The "How-To" file is in the iRV2 "Files" section here:
http://www.irv2.com/forums/downloads.php?do=file&id=170

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The issue is not with the video, it plays perfect on my PC. As I stated in the note to moderator the issue was with the pdf download. And I see it is fixed now. Thank you.
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Fluorescent ceiling fixture to LED conversion for $11 per fixture.

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The issue is not with the video, it plays perfect on my PC. As I stated in the note to moderator the issue was with the pdf download. And I see it is fixed now. Thank you.

I have edited the file link. Please try it again
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I did that change a couple years ago to our '02 Dutch Star. Didn't need the blue lighting, so just use the 4 strips of LED's in each fixture.
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Installed these over 2 years ago. 12-inch, 30 LEDs per tube. Says $20 but I paid $15. Not one LED failure yet.
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But, the main question I have is how do you protect your setup from the 14 volt charging voltage that seems to cause issues with early burn-out on other conversions. That is not covered in your pdf.
The newer 5630 LEDS are more robust when it comes to input voltage so I have not experienced any burnouts. I guess if your charging exceeds 14.4 volts, you could add a $1.20 voltage regulator as seen here Cedar Creek RV Owners Club € View topic - Voltage Regulators and LED info from Workshop at WT

Still cheaper than $30 to retrofit with LED tubes.
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The newer 5630 LEDS are more robust when it comes to input voltage so I have not experienced any burnouts. I guess if your charging exceeds 14.4 volts, you could add a $1.20 voltage regulator as seen here Cedar Creek RV Owners Club • View topic - Voltage Regulators and LED info from Workshop at WT

Still cheaper than $30 to retrofit with LED tubes.
That link has some great information in it! Thanks!
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The newer 5630 LEDS are more robust when it comes to input voltage so I have not experienced any burnouts. I guess if your charging exceeds 14.4 volts, you could add a $1.20 voltage regulator as seen here Cedar Creek RV Owners Club • View topic - Voltage Regulators and LED info from Workshop at WT

Still cheaper than $30 to retrofit with LED tubes.
This is a great article. Thank you very much. I wish you all the best on your setup. I have just avoided making the upgrade myself given all the issues I have read on other threads about untimely failures due to the charging voltages. Your design (with the two light levels) combined with the article on voltage regulation looks like a winner for me. Now I just have to get off my rear and do it!

Thanks again for your original post and the power regulation information.
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Thanks for the excellent post Dan.
I am ordering all the parts to do my coach !!

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our 05 diplomat has 8 different 18" fluoresent fixtures I've average of 4 tubes per year, caused by low voltage when three fixtures are on, on 1 switch, I don't want to rewire coach. this will be my fix. Thanks a bunch
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I did similar but it was much less than $11 per fixture. I bought a 16 foot roll of indoor rated (not waterproof) high density leds (600 leds per roll) for $20. Enough to do every fixture with leftovers in my case. They can be cut and soldered every 3rd LED (about 3/4 of an inch), so if you are handy with a soldering iron you can pretty much cut two strips to length for each fixture.

They are adhesive backed, but I also used a little hot glue just to ensure they stayed put in the fixture. They put out more light than the fluorescents did.

I used cool white where I wanted to replicate the same white fluorescent light, and I got a warm white roll for a fixture in the bathroom and to replace the old style rope lights throughout the coach. My big front room rope light used to draw 2amps on one of the AC legs, now it's 100 milliamps with the leds.

On the rope light replacement, I plan to someday put in a dimmer to my main one in the front room ceiling so I can use it at any intensity, however for now I am using a 190 ohm resistor hard wired in to keep them at about the same brightness level the ropes lights were.
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I did similar but it was much less than $11 per fixture. I bought a 16 foot roll of indoor rated (not waterproof) high density leds (600 leds per roll) for $20. Enough to do every fixture with leftovers in my case. They can be cut and soldered every 3rd LED (about 3/4 of an inch), so if you are handy with a soldering iron you can pretty much cut two strips to length for each fixture.

They are adhesive backed, but I also used a little hot glue just to ensure they stayed put in the fixture. They put out more light than the fluorescents did.

I used cool white where I wanted to replicate the same white fluorescent light, and I got a warm white roll for a fixture in the bathroom and to replace the old style rope lights throughout the coach. My big front room rope light used to draw 2amps on one of the AC legs, now it's 100 milliamps with the leds.

On the rope light replacement, I plan to someday put in a dimmer to my main one in the front room ceiling so I can use it at any intensity, however for now I am using a 190 ohm resistor hard wired in to keep them at about the same brightness level the ropes lights were.
Nice! I have to keep this on mind
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