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Old 01-12-2017, 08:17 AM   #1
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LED Light Conversions

We are currently staying at a campground in Why AZ so my work mode kicked in and I started converting my broken lights to LED. They started as 18" fluorescent lights and I purchased strip LED from a lady in the boondocks trailer park down the road. Even though it was more expensive than buying through a site like Alibaba I wanted it now so each of the two lights I will convert cost $10 to convert. You also get the connectors for the end of the LED strips which makes life easier but one could solder a black and red wire on negative and positive if they had to. I am wiring the lights so that the existing switch turns one strip off, if you want, (they are bright with two) and the second stays on with the wall switch. The strips have sticky backs but I was advised to put a spot of silicone every 1-1/2" or so. Pictures are where I am waiting for silicone to set up. But I test ran it and boy are they bright. The other photo is of what I installed in the security lights. In the day time they looked a little pathetic for light output but at night they were good. I also showed a shot of that lamp removed from the swivel holder which adapts the bulb from two pin to 1156 series and rotates at the white ring to orient the lamp correctly in the fixture holder.
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We're really enjoying our LED ceiling lights! I used three strips in each light as we wanted them really bright! Wish I had done it long ago!
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Now I can also say to similar Dutchstar owners that the LED lamps I removed from the security lights were installed in the orange rear blinker lights. They are brighter in the daytime. What I did is changed one and turned the hazard flashers on and compared the regular/LED lamps about 30 feet from the rear. The LEDs are way brighter even in daytime. Changed the other and cleaned the parabolic reflector and at night they are like a factory LED equipped vehicle. I will buy the proper ones for the stop and tail lights and I will have a super bright set of lights without having to change out the guts. Lucky for once. The factory tail lights are actually Hella brand. Blinker unit works with the LEDs installed.
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I am also in the process of converting my fluorescent lights to LEDs. While investigating this I found that excess DC voltage and fluctuations (greater than 12V) can negatively effect the life of the LEDs. This can occur when powering the lights when driving and the alternator is putting out 14v. I added the following: DC-DC LM2596 Step Down Adjustable Converter Power Supply Module 1.3V-35V which I purchased on Amazon (10 pcs. for $15.00). With this you can assure a constant voltage of 12v to the LEDs if the input voltage is 14v.
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