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Old 06-29-2018, 08:40 PM   #1
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LED Lights

For those of us that have older rigs that didn't come from the factory with LED lights, we've all discovered that replacing factory bulbs with LED's can be an expensive undertaking...

BUT!!!!!!!!

I've discovered something rather amazing - the factory ceiling lights with the 18" fluorescent bulbs can now be replaced without breaking the bank....

Of all places, Walmart is now carrying replacement 18" LED bulbs that simply replace the old bulbs.... No extra wiring required.... Simply remove the old fluorescent bulbs and put the new LED bulb in.... Stated life of bulbs is (are you ready for this) 50,000 hrs OR 44 yrs!!!!!!

Now for the kicker - $8.00 per bulb!!!!

They come in two flavors - soft white or daylight.... I tried them both and hated the soft white BUT love the daylight ones..... I replaced all fluorescent bulb and am more than pleased with the results....
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Sounds really great

I couldn't find anything remotely similar on the Walmart website. Could you please post a hyperlink???
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For those of us that have older rigs that didn't come from the factory with LED lights, we've all discovered that replacing factory bulbs with LED's can be an expensive undertaking...

BUT!!!!!!!!

I've discovered something rather amazing - the factory ceiling lights with the 18" fluorescent bulbs can now be replaced without breaking the bank....

Of all places, Walmart is now carrying replacement 18" LED bulbs that simply replace the old bulbs.... No extra wiring required.... Simply remove the old fluorescent bulbs and put the new LED bulb in.... Stated life of bulbs is (are you ready for this) 50,000 hrs OR 44 yrs!!!!!!

Now for the kicker - $8.00 per bulb!!!!

They come in two flavors - soft white or daylight.... I tried them both and hated the soft white BUT love the daylight ones..... I replaced all fluorescent bulb and am more than pleased with the results....
Interested....link please

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Link or part number please.

Just went through 25 pages at Walmart.com, found 2', 3', 4', 6' and 8' tubes but no 18" tubes. While the price at $8.00 is attractive the no need to rewire is the what I want to see. All the tubes I've looked will require me to pull each fixture out of the ceiling to rewire to bypass the ballast. Not a ton of work but always hesitant to pull screws out of the ceiling, sometimes they don't hold well when you put them back.

Read the first post, was halfway out the door for Walmart, then saw the second post out fo the corner of my eye
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Now for the kicker - $8.00 per bulb!!!!

They come in two flavors - soft white or daylight.... I tried them both and hated the soft white BUT love the daylight ones..... I replaced all fluorescent bulb and am more than pleased with the results....
Found a Camco light @ Walmart.com, but it was $29.46 not $8.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-546...-Base/54804037
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Well Gang,
I kind-a just went through all this a few months ago. I'd replaced all my interior lights with LEDs over 7 years ago and yep, it did cost me a pretty penny. But, I got them through a quality company called:

www.superbrightleds.com

And not one of them has failed yet. But, for the living room I still had three florescent fixtures that I had not dealt with, until a couple of months ago. One of my fixtures went south for the winter and decided to never come back. So, I decided to "MacGyver" it. I didn't want to go to Camping world or any other RV supplies outlet for a replacement fixture and, I'd already had lots of experience with LED strip lighting.

So, I ordered up a 16' strip of some 5050 SMD LED self stick lighting. It's all 12V stuff so, I knew it would be a piece of cake to make all this work.
So, it took me about an hour to build the first one. And all I can say is WOW!!! The lights I used are cool white and put out some serious light. I was so happy, I took apart the second fixture in the living room, one that was working perfectly, and also set it up with LED strip lights.

I used four, 11" strips in each light. I just tied all the positives together and tied them to the positive lead into the fixture. And did the same for the negatives. The second fixture took me about 1/2 hour to convert.

Seeing the results, I should have done that job about 7 years ago. But, I'm a slow learner in some fashions. Anyway, I don't know if the pics will show the true brilliance but, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Scott

P.S. As you can see, I also used some of the same LED strip lighting in two of my compartments. SERIOUSLY better than the regular factory incandescent light bulbs that came in there. Oh, and by the way, I surely understand that some of you don't want to mess around with this "conversion" stuff and wires and all that. Some just want to remove a bulb or tube and replace it with an LED, and that's ok too.
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So, I ordered up a 16' strip of some 5050 SMD LED self stick lighting. I
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Fire Up, nicely done, can you post a link to strip lights you ordered.

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Fire Up, nicely done, can you post a link to strip lights you ordered.

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Sure can Partner,
Here ya go. There's the LED strip and, I'll also include "ends" or, adapters that allow you to cut that strip, anywhere you like and fit an end to it, to be used for linking to 12v positive and negative wires. Oh, and I also ordered up, just in case I needed them, some really small, transparent plastic, LED strip light clips, just in case the 3M glue on the back didn't want to hold those strips up. This was a fun little project. And as stated, those LEDs are seriously bright.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Sure can Partner,
Here ya go. There's the LED strip and, I'll also include "ends" or, adapters that allow you to cut that strip, anywhere you like and fit an end to it, to be used for linking to 12v positive and negative wires. Oh, and I also ordered up, just in case I needed them, some really small, transparent plastic, LED strip light clips, just in case the 3M glue on the back didn't want to hold those strips up. This was a fun little project. And as stated, those LEDs are seriously bright.
Scott

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Ordered enough to do 5 12" and 6 18" fixtures with 4 strips each plus connectors and clips. $91.00. To do the dame fixtures with the least expensive LED tubes I could find would be $556.00.

This will finish the LED conversion. Perfect timing I have a ballast going out.

Thanks for the links.
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On my 1999 Southwind, I replaced all my 1141 and 921 bulbs with LEDs for a little over a $1 each.. (e-bay - pack of 20 LEDs for $26)

LED Conversion – 1999 Southwind 35S

I also did similar to FIREUP. I replaced the festoon bulb in a closet with about 4 ft of strip LEDs, WOW..

Closet LED light conversion – 1999 Southwind 35S

One of my winter projects is to replace the bulbs in the florescent fixtures with the strip LEDs and also install a long LED strip on top of the slide to act as a ceiling light.
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You can't get the bulbs I've found on-line.... In store only.... So far, I've found them in all the stores I've checked...

Here's what they look like....,

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8 years ago I replaced the 32 halogen ceiling lights with LEDs from China for three dollars each... fast forward seven years and had to replace one in 8 years (we are half timers). The 32 halogens drew 32 A and the leds 4 amps...have found the 5050 chips run the coolest. At the same time I installed strip lights as baseboard night lights in the bathroom and have had very poor service out of the strip lights...the only China/EBay LEDs I’m not happy with. In 200 hours of use half of the chips have stopped working and the others have dimmed substantially. After three times of replacing the strips I finally put small led panels as baseboard night lights. Fortunately I used 48 led panels (no problem after 7 years) in my fluorescent lights instead of the strips The LED strip under my awning started losing chips in less than 50 hours of use. NO WAY would I use strips for any place hard to get to...replace.

Over the last several years I’ve replaced the majority of the lights in my house with LEDs. In the kitchen I’ve used daylight which are a fairly new temperature as opposed to warm white elsewhere. I put in 30' for 120V LED rope lights above the kitchen cabinets and half stopped working in 12 months (1800 hours)...went back to the old style rope lights.

In the last several months I’ve replaced over 75 halogens with LEDs in my new ride for less than one dollar each. In the kitchen area it had one fluorescent light at one end of the counter making for poor lighting in the kitchen. It would’ve been easy to replace it with a strip behind the bottom lip of the upper cabinets but no way am I using strips...I put 6 panels behind the lip. I now used daylight (4000 temp) and warm white (3000,not 2700) elsewhere.

No offense Fire, but no way would I pay super bright prices, based on the good service I’ve gotten out of the ones from China/eBay (now less than $1)...other than the strips. I would use 4 of these panels for less than $6. I do cut off a small portion of the self stick glue on the corners and put a dab of silicone glue to make sure they stay put.
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Thank you, Ernest

I'll go have a look today.
I've done the exact same mod as Scott (FireUp) on 2 previous rigs. He is right -it is easy and works really, really well with lots of light.
I was just considering being lazy (!) if I can find the bulbs to replace for 8.00 each!!!!
I'll have a look and post if I can find 'em.
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Great picture, but it sure would be nice to have all info from the box re part number etc!

How 'bout it!
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