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Old 11-20-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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Interior LED Lighting

We are relatively new to full-time living and don't do a lot of work, other than general day to day stuff, compared to what I read in the threads.
We have an LED light in the bathroom that flickers - half of it doesn't come on (3 LEDs it appears when I take the cover off) - and other half is fine. Having no experience with this type of lighting, how easy is to change out the light? I suspect many of you are rolling your eyes as you read this but I thought it would be good to consult the experts before doing more than just watching it flicker.
All assistance is appreciated.
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The issue is likely the LED bulb itself. Try swapping the bulbs around to confirm
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How easy? Easy for me...

There are hundreds of 12 volt LED light fixtures available on Amazon and eTrailer.com, and other sites. Some are just lights. Some have motion sensors. Some are works of art. Some are simple designs.

A screw driver, wire cutter, crimping tool, and pocket knife are usually enough. Small automotive butt splice to join wires using crimping pliers. All are available at hardware and automotive stores.

I have a cheap digital voltmeter, but would not usually need it for this. Observing positive and negative wire connections is vital.
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How many RVers does it take to change a light bulb...

It simple plug and play. Take one out. Put on in.
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How many RVers does it take to change a light bulb...It simple plug and play. Take one out. Put on in.
Very helpful...Having a bad day?

It looks like you have frosted glass covers that are difficult to get off to get to the bulb. Take a bread knife and slip it between the glass and the ceiling material, all the way around to unstick it. Push up on the glass cover while turning CCW...cover should come off. I’ve had good luck with the cheap EBay/China ones...$1 each but Amazon now has the cheap ones and next day.
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Thank you for the responses so far. To be clear, which I was not, it's not a bulb but a frosted cover screws off and there are 6 small squares inside, mounted on a plate, that provide the light. 3 on one side light up; 3 on the other don't but just flicker.
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Sounds like my ITC lights. you can buy them on Amazon. There is a couple of sizes. easy swap in my case. They had some bad runs and I had to swap quite a few of mine. They were also flickering. The new lights led board in the fixture was different at least it was in my case so they hopefully got past their issues.
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Those are plug in bulbs. Try swapping them around to assure the issue moves with the bulb which likely will happen. As stated, these are readily available
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Ralph, (That was my Dads first name)

Keep this in mind. You can place your fingers directly on a 12-Volt car battery and it will not shock you. This is not a dangerous thing to work on. Yes it's still advisable to turn off the voltage when working on them. Any direct short from positive to ground will usually blow a fuse or trip a breaker.

Do your self a favor and as suggested get a few tools and a cheap digital meter and learn how to do some of these types of RV repairs. You will not regret it.

We had one standard light fixture over the kitchen sink. The stock bulb over heated the plastic which failed after just 3 years. We replaced it with an LED Amazon fixture for about $15. It has a three position switch: on, off, sensor of/on. In the center is off. Left is on all the time and right uses a sensor which turns the light on for 38 seconds.

The cat goes out into the kitchen and the light comes on so he can eat. If we go out into the kitchen in the middle of the night for water or in my case to eat because of low blood sugar it comes on lighting our way. We absolutely love it!!!

Some of the LED lights are fixed (soldered) onto a circuit board and some are not. If they do come out they should have a number which can usually be matched. Another way to find a replacement LED is to compare the plug-in base on your LED with what you'll see on an internet sight.

Finding correct LEDs at first was difficult. Us old folks don't understand lumens as readily as we understand watts.

For 65+ years I've worked/taught on all types of vehicles, radar sets while in the AF. Wired my own house. When I was 9 and 10 years old I built electric motors from scratch and have worked on a few air planes along with computer electrical repairs. Built my own shortwave radio receiver and transmitter and had my armature radio license when I was 12.

The LEDs came along and it still threw me a curve for a short time period. It's just a different language. The LEDs look different and some terms had to be absorbed to begin to understand them.
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