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Old 03-27-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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Switch to L E D

I am changing out most of the lights to led.I was wondering the halogen lights above the bed and in the dinning area are on a dimmer switch.Can you use a led strip on a dimmer? i am going to build something to mount the strips in ,but would like to use the dimmer.
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You can, but the LEDs require a special dimmer. You can't use a standard dimmer for incandescent lamps.
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I changed all the lights in my 2010 Winnebago Tour to LED's, none of my lights were on a dimmer but, I've been told that "some" LED's will dim and other's won't. I'd check with the bulb manufacturer to be sure before you spend the money.. It was an expensive venture but the heat that halogen bulbs produce compared to the LEDS is like the difference between an eruption volcano and Antartica.
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If you post the yr/make/model of your RV, maybe someone with similar can help.

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:03 PM   #5
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I am changing out most of the lights to led....
Smart move! I got rid of all the halogens on my coach right after I bought it. Those damn things are just plain dangerous. I'm changing out the rest at a more leisurely pace as we go along.
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One of my Florcesents (Thin-Light brand) Failed yesterday.. I already had a pair of LED "Parking Lights" (fog lights, whatever you call 'em) on hand. My phones light meter application says they are brighter than the lamps they replaced.. My eyes are not so sure. I only put one of 'em in, May have to upgrade later.
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Changing over is a good idea. I am thinking of doing it as well. Who is a good, cost effect supplier of the LED bulbs?
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Changing over is a good idea. I am thinking of doing it as well. Who is a good, cost effect supplier of the LED bulbs?
We're heading to Alaska next month and outfitted our fifth wheel with LEDs to complement our solar panels for boondocking along the way.

A few people on one of the RV forums recommended M4products and I couldn't agree more. They have excellent quality LED's. Lots of 10 will give a 10% discount but if you call, you can talk them into kicking in another 5%. Over the years I've experimented with a few different LED bulbs but M4's base quality is superior.
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I was thinking about changing over to LEDs on The Clearance lights and marker lights. Won't that help on the Alternator @ night time driving?. I think they will be a lot brighter too.
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I've been wondering about switching to LEDs, too. Are the LED replacement bulbs made to simply swap out with the regular bulbs, or is some other modification required?

Also, I notice that the LEDs are available in "bright white", "warm white", "natural white" or "cool white." Does anyone have a recommendation about the color choice? I don't want the lighting to be harsh.
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I bought a LED dimmer off of ebay for less than $3.
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I purchased the 'brigh white' replacements. They are made as a "direct replacement" for 2 prong halogen bulbs as well as base mount. I purchased all the bulbs from Giant RV in Montclair Calif. (probably could have purchased them a bit cheaper but they had all the bulbs necessary in stock) Call Teresa, part manager at Giant RV in San Bernardino, CA (866) 629-9446 she used to work at the Giant RV in Montclair. It was a costly venture because my 2010 Tour had somewhere around 50 incandensent overhead lights and in the long run probably wasn't cost effective but the reduction in power usage and HEAT made it worth the expense.
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Check out M4Products.com
Scroll down page till you see Exterior Lights
Scroll down till you see the 4x1
I am going to purchase the 2x4 ones Each unit has 10 Led's
Check out the pictures and if you move one way or the other they show what the Briteness looks like comparison between the 2 lenses. Mine are 32 years old and some are Cracked on the edges.
Looks like $100.00 to change all 14.
It should turn out brite and look nice, Good luck,
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I've been wondering about switching to LEDs, too. Are the LED replacement bulbs made to simply swap out with the regular bulbs, or is some other modification required? Also, I notice that the LEDs are available in "bright white", "warm white", "natural white" or "cool white." Does anyone have a recommendation about the color choice? I don't want the lighting to be harsh.
I went with warm white. I did put cool white in half bath because I ordered wrong ones. Warm white is more like house lights. Cool white being like a Drs office.
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