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Old 03-08-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Hi all, I'm looking for some LED replacement bulb for my 10" florescent bulbs. The numbers on the bulbs are F8T5/CW for Thin Lite fixtures. Does anyone know where to get these outside of ordering a container full from China?
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I posted a similar request not too long ago and several responders made the point that the florescent bulbs were virtually as energy efficient as the LED's and it wasn't worth the cost to change them. So I didn't.

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Hi all, I'm looking for some LED replacement bulb for my 10" florescent bulbs. The numbers on the bulbs are F8T5/CW for Thin Lite fixtures. Does anyone know where to get these outside of ordering a container full from China?
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I just happened to bookmark this the other day.

Revolution F8T5-12, LED Replacement for Fluorescent Lights
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:49 PM   #4
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I believe that replacing the fluorescent bulbs with LEDs will be more energy efficient. That being said, why not have both?

I bought a 5m roll of 5050 SMD Warm White LED's and installed them in the existing fluorescent fixtures and added another same-style switch. I can have non, either or both.

Works nicely and looks stock.

I wrote an article about it, you can see it here:

WanderMan: And The Lord Said..."Let There Be Low Power Light"

There's pictures too!

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I bought a 5m roll of 5050 SMD Warm White LED's and installed them in the existing fluorescent fixtures and added another same-style switch. I can have non, either or both.

Hey Rich,

Where did you buy these LEDs? If you got them on ebay, what was the seller's ID?
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Just type in what you want and it will be there on ebay. I have ordered several types of LED's and have had great results. With big savings especially on the G4 warm white.
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Hey all,
Just search for this and you'll find all sorts of stuff on ebay. I found that MANY importers have the same LEDs so the prices vary wildly.

New Warm White 5M 16FT Waterproof 5050 SMD LED Strip 300 LEDS High Quality USA


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John, I replaced two of the fluorescent fixtures in my motor home with the kit from welcome to jclampstand.com! the kit # is JC-42-FL FLUORESCENT TUBE UPGRADE The ones I ordered were cool white and I would highly suggest NOT to go with that color as it is bright and has a blue tint. Not something for reading. I did not see where they offer a warm white, so you may not be interested but the kit has everything to do the replacement.
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splicing and cutting led ribbion

Hey Wanderman, thanks for the tip on the LED strips. How do you go about cutting and splicing those strips into a 12v power source.
Do I have to buy special adapters? I'm ignorant and not afraid to admit it. Those prices look almost too good to be true. Is there something I should look out for when ordering a 5 m roll?
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Pumper,
If you look at the roll of LED strip lights you'll see a very specific "cut line". It's clearly marked. Once cut, you simply solder on 2 wires to the pads they give you. Sounds complicated, it isn't!

I removed the four screws holding up my lights and simply found the positive and negative lines. I tapped the negative (which is common to everything) and then ran a line from the positive to the new rocker switch, then to the strip.

That's about it. If you are unsure, take some pictures of your fixtures, removed. and I'll try and ID the wires for you to tap into.

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I found the non-waterproof kind run cooler & the adhesive sticks better. The pictures are of the non-waterproof kind; a 3528 SMD, cool white, 600 LEDs in 5 meters. The cut lines are 1" apart.

Usually the wire colors within the light fixture indicate whether it is positive or negative. The white should be ground and the black should be positive. This follows residential wiring. The wires going to the light can be anything. I used a black marker to mark the black wire before taking it apart.

The LEDs need the proper polarity.
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Beautiful illustrated response rsflight!

I found that the 5050 SMDs gave a more even light without too many "points", also you probably could have gone with 2 single strips of 5050 vs. 4 of the 3528s. Less wiring, you know?

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I use the F8T5 replacements from www.rvledbulbs.com. It's an actual tube with the leds inside and fits into the existing socket. Doesn't get power from the socket pins, though, because you don't use the ballast with the leds. You wire the tube direct to the 12v source and its real easy. Clip the lead to the ballast for one side and splice to one led lead with a wire nut, and slip the other onto the spade connector on the Thinlight's on/off switch.

The Revolution bulb is a high lumen (light output) and uses about 15% of the electric that a fluorescent uses.
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I found that the 5050 SMDs gave a more even light without too many "points", also you probably could have gone with 2 single strips of 5050 vs. 4 of the 3528s. Less wiring, you know?"
Yes more wires, but we wanted the closeness of the 3528s so that they would simulate the flourescents. I changed all 14 flourescents that way and we are pleased with the results. The choice of the 3528s vs 5050s became a personal preference issue for us.
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