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Old 10-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Couple of Questions

Have a couple of questions for the forum.
On the last trip, every time I made a turn onto the freeway, I got a "beeping" from the leveling system and all the lights on the control board were blinking for a minute or so then quit.
Question I have is what would cause this?
The other question is I'm looking into changing the bulbs to LEDs.
Where would be the best place to get them from?
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Fill the hydraulic tank to the full mark (with jacks up).
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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I changed out my dash light cluster to these so I could see them in the daylight.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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We went with Steve at M4 Products
There are several companies and multiple threads here on the forum that talk about changing to led. Google and search the forum. Good luck. Only you can decide on the supplier you feel confident in for leds. jmo
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Your fluid level is low, top it off. 12V LEDs are available all over, the cheapest prices are found online. You of course want to get the same base bulbs for your application. Second, you want to be sure the style of the bulb will fit and look good in the fixture. You will then want to match the light output (lumens) of the replacements. Finally LEDs come in different "colors" of light, from yellowish to match the light of incondesests to a whiter light on up to blueish white.
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For LEDs, I have had good luck with RVLEDBulbs.com - RV LED Bulbs, RV LED Lights and Light Accessories. If you use the coupon code FORUM, you will get a 10% discount.

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Ebay for the LED bulbs.
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Many LEDs are polarity sensitive. If you reverse the polarity you could damage the LED.

I have used BuyAndFun online shop, buy it and have fun!. The problem is their shipping time is long, a couple of weeks at best, and the site is an easter egg hunt at best. For the money they seem to be ok.
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If you reverse the polarity, it just won't illuminate. It is a Light Emitting DIODE. (LED)
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If you reverse the polarity, it just won't illuminate. It is a Light Emitting DIODE. (LED)
X2 The only way you know is to try them, you have a 50-50 shot to get them right the first time. Out of 19, I got about 1/2 right.
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If you reverse the polarity, it just won't illuminate. It is a Light Emitting DIODE. (LED)
Sorry to disagree but this is just not true. The high current in the uncontrolled direction may burn a segment out. It happened to me. Many of the better LED bulbs have polarity correction built in. No problem there. And some are dimmable and some are not. Depending on your application this may be a consideration.
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LED's come in 3 flavors.

First: Bridge Rectified input.. Don't matter which way you plug 'em in they work

Second: Diode protected input.. Actually the LED is a diode, it works when it is FORWARD biased so unless it has a very low peak inverse voltage, plugging it in backwards should not damage it. As someone said it just won't work.

HOWEVER, some of the supporting hardware.. I mean when I rebuilt the LED light in my entry grab handle It has just an LED and a Resistor (which was way too small) so I soldered in a new LED and a bigger resistor (like 3 times).. Works to this day.

But many of the replacement lamps have CURRENT regulators, These can be damaged by reverse polarity.

But the LED itself, will not be damaged.

and some cheap led lights (like the 1st ones I bought) Well,,,, let's just say they do not last long, nor light well.. The others I buy, work right nicely.
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Good explanation. I did, how ever, have some segment go bad after I reversed the polarity. Either I have a defective LED assembly or I damaged it.

I will admit that my basic knowledge of diodes faded many, many years ago. I haven't worked any real electronic circuits since the 80's I would guess. So, working with LEDs is like starting all over again and trying to get functional off the products shown online is not always easy. In any case, if something in the LED circuit package fails it most likely means replace the package.
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Fill the hydraulic tank to the full mark (with jacks up).
Could you give me a ball park where the hyd tank might be?
Honestly, I v never crawled under the unit to check it out.
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