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Old 02-12-2014, 10:22 PM   #1
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Interior led lights

Did a search but really didn't find anything. Want to put led bulbs in my current fixtures but are wondering which ones will give me at least the same brightness as my regular bulbs. What smd number are you guys using? I assume this is the number of little lights on each bulb. Here is a link to the ones I've been looking at on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw...ights&_sacat=0
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Changing to LED's is a great move. I put LED bulbs throughout our coach and love them, much brighter & whiter. Make sure you get the 5050 SMD chips, as many chips as possible per bulb. 18 or more chips will give you much more light and save on the batteries. Buying them off E-bay saves allot of money as well, you can get 10 bulbs for between $10.00 & $20.00. Dealers want around $15.00 each for them. Remember to only get bulbs with 5050 chips as they are the brightest shy of the Cree chips but you pay more for Cree bulbs.

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Changing to LED's is a great move. I put LED bulbs throughout our coach and love them, much brighter & whiter. Make sure you get the 5050 SMD chips, as many chips as possible per bulb. 18 or more chips will give you much more light and save on the batteries. Buying them off E-bay saves allot of money as well, you can get 10 bulbs for between $10.00 & $20.00. Dealers want around $15.00 each for them. Remember to only get bulbs with 5050 chips as they are the brightest shy of the Cree chips but you pay more for Cree bulbs.

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Same for my setup. I used 23-5050 all over. Brighter then 1141 and will not hurt the lens.
921s are replaced with 13-5050.
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I can get the 13 smd 5050 for $19 or the 27 smd 5050 for $30, 10 of each for that price. my coach uses the 1156 bulbs. which will be closest to the lighting I have now?
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I always use "lumens" when comparing light output. Then Kelvin rating for light color. For the type of light you have, possibly the flat panel with LEDs may work better if you do not need 360 light distribution. Unfortunately there are a gazillion lamps to pick from these days. I buy one or two to try first, before purchasing to refit all fixtures aboard. IMO in most cases you get what you pay for.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:19 AM   #6
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The 27 chip bulbs might be over kill, I installed 18 chip 5050 - 1156 base in my coach and were perfect, not too bright but brighter than the original bulbs. 13 chip bulbs might not be enough. The 27 chip will most definitely give you more than enough light for your needs. I was just at an RV dealer today and they wanted $25.00 each for almost the same bulbs I installed for about $1.50 each and I couldn't be happier with the results!

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I have 1156 bulbs as well and have bought a few LEDs from china that are marketed as tail light bulbs. Around 300 lumens seems to match the existing incandescents in the coach pretty well. Also, if you want to match the color of incandescent, look for a kelvin number between 3000 and 4000. The higher the K number the "colder" it gets.

The panels that you have to stick to the top of the light fixture are more efficient but still a bit directional. I tend to like the direct replacement LED bulbs. These are good:

1141 / BA15S / 1156 6W 540lm 27 x SMD 5050 LED Warm White Car Signal Light / Steering Lamp (12V) - Free Shipping - DealExtreme
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I bought a roll of lights from these guys to replace my florescents when the ballast goes out. I screwed up and got waterproof. You have to cut off the waterproof material before you can make your connections so don't bother with waterproof unless you need it. They also provide a lot of good information.

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