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Old 04-06-2014, 07:47 AM   #1
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Question Discovery Motor Home: Replacing Flourescent Lights??


What are your experiences in replacing the fluorescent lights with LED strip lights? Brightness? Easy to do? Cost?
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:52 PM   #3
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I replaced all seven flourescent fixtures with LED's two years ago. I would absolutely do it again. It is an easy DIY job if you can identify the positive and negative 12v feed coming into the fixture. Brightness is measured in lumens and the lumen rating will help you compare replacements. The initial cost is more with LED's. But they should last much longer than flourescent, eliminate problematic ballasts, and use less energy.
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I replaced all of my floresents with LED (5) for about $75. The brightness is the same with 3 strips and I used 4 in a darker hall and the lamp is brighter. I did it myself and it is eiser to do than explane. Check on posts for folks that are good at explaning how to do it. Bought materials on an E-bay store that is in other posts. I found all of the info I needed on Irv2. Good luck you will be happy.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:28 PM   #5
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I had 12 lights in both 12" and 18" that were replaced with LEDs. Was very simple, took 5 minutes a light. Also replaced all regular and halogen lights, such as bathroom vanities, reading lights and decorative lighting with LEDs. I can turn on all my lights and it barely registers on the load meter. One of many steps to extend boondocking time without running the genny.
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Old 04-07-2014, 08:40 PM   #6
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What kind of led strips did you guys use?
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Here's the outfit I used. I just bought a roll of LED's and replace my fluorescent when the ballast goes out. Go with the non waterproof ones unless you need water proof. I used the bright light ones and the next roll I get will be something softer. I also used their quick connectors with mixed results.

Top 4 considerations before buying flexible LED strip lights - Flexfire LEDs, Inc.
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Yup, buy a roll or two of LED's and put two or three strips in each fixture as you find appropriate. Pretty easy to do. I did similar in fixtures that used 1156 bulbs.

Big reduction of power consumption for dry camping.
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I went out last weekend, the first time really using my converted fixtures, and was surprised that they got pretty warm after a couple of hours.

I thought the LED's were supposed to stay cool? They definitely got warmer than with fluorescents.

These have three strips of 505 single-row LED's.

Do I need a voltage limiter?
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I went out last weekend, the first time really using my converted fixtures, and was surprised that they got pretty warm after a couple of hours.

I thought the LED's were supposed to stay cool? They definitely got warmer than with fluorescents.

These have three strips of 505 single-row LED's.

Do I need a voltage limiter?
Hi Bill,

If the strips got noticeably hot, it's possible that your RV's 12V system is running a bit "hot" and putting out more than 12 volts (i.e. your batteries could be aging, so your charger is putting out higher voltage in order to keep them charged). If so, than the LEDs only have one thing they can do with the excess power: generate heat. Unlike an incandescent bulb, which will just burn brighter, LEDs can't produce more LIGHT with the excess. So they get hot.

If you can pick up a 10-30v driver (or "step-down converter" I think) and wire it inline with your strip lights, I think you'll see an improvement in their operating temperature.

Good luck!
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What are your experiences in replacing the fluorescent lights with LED strip lights? Brightness? Easy to do? Cost?
smrdm,

If you're interested in doing this conversion, you may want to check out this video... it really helped me when I did my conversion.

How To Convert Fluorescent RV Lights to LEDs
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Well got a roll of double row 5050 LED lights on their way along with the wire pig tails to hook them up. Can't wait till they arrive so I can install them, should be bright as hell. I've already changed out all the other lights to LED I think it's the only way to go, very pleased. Also have a 20 foot solar powered LED rope light that I mount to the roller of our awning when it's out and works great, not super bright as you won't be playing card by it but you can see everything safely to enter and exit the coach, have another one to mount permanently right under the awning mount on the side of the coach. For $10.00 buck a piece from Harbour Freight how can you loose!
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