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Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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led lights inside

Has anyone replace their inside florescent ceiling lights with the led tubes? I'm really tired of the florescents being dim, fluttering or not coming on at all. I think they are possessed. Everything else works just fine.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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The issues that you mention are common as the tubes age. If they have dark spots near the ends (inside the tube), they are worn out and need to be replaced.

The LED retrofit kits can be quite good, or poor. It depends on the supplier. I would only consider a reputable seller that accepts returns if you are not satisfied.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:16 PM   #3
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Yes I recently changed all seven fluorescent fixtures over to LED. I used Revolution F15T8-18™ RV LED Replacement Tube for Fluorescent Lights and am very satisfied. Each tube is 800 lumens and for me one LED tube per fixture works well. My original reason for changing was ballasts were backfeeding through my 12 volt system. I had lots of issues with a/c and refrigerator which are controlled with 12 volt. With the LED tubes the ballasts are eliminated and everything is working well again. In addition, very low current draw and last a very long time. Yes they are pricey, but I bit the bullet one time for long time rewards. My suggestion would be to do as I did. Purchase a few and see how you like them.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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I agree with George R. I too replaced two florescent bulbs (each fixture) with one of the Revolution bulbs. Actual light is not quite as "warm", but just as bright, if not brighter . I have been purchasing a couple of LED's at a time.
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I too upgraded living room tubes to the revolution brand tubes. $40 a tube but after having them a few weeks, well worth the money. Simple installation and nice, clean white light - no flicker, no hum.
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I've replaced all my fluorescents with Revolution brand led tubes from RVLEDBulbs.com - RV LED Bulbs, RV LED Lights and Light Accessories

They aren't the cheapest available but they are top quality units and easy to install. I used just one F15T8 tune to replace two fluorescents in my twin light fixtures - the 800 lumen Revolution bulb is plenty of light. The Ming 700 lumen is nearly as bright too, and a few dollars cheaper.

Last I knew, rvledbulbs was offering a 15% discount to IRV2 forum members if you include the promotion code "forum" at check-out.
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Thanks for the info. Do you have to do anything to the current fixtures like rewire past the ballast or something?
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In case you're handy and cheap like me, I used LED strip lights in my 7 floresent fixtures, cost $50.
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When you install the led tube or strip, you bypass the ballast, which is never used with any led. You want +12v direct to the led's power input.

You can see the wiring method in this pdf on the rvledbulbs site.
http://www.rvledbulbs.com/v/vspfiles...ing-tips-1.pdf
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