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Old 01-04-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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trouble with interior lighting

I have, I think, an unusual problem with the interior lighting in my 2011 Damon Challenger. The lights are the new??, I believe LED type?? bulbs. I am not sure of the nomenclature, but they are higher intensity than the older light bulbs (as used in auto lighting). The issue is that I have lost the lighting in the kitchen area for 4 of the 5 lights. I took out one of the bulbs and tested it with leads attached to the two fine wires coming out of the bulb, and it tested OK. I haven't as yet tested the circuits, but will do that today or tomorrow. By the way, the light covers are removed with a quarter turn (something I had to learn by trying to remove them for about 20 minutes. I am not so sure about the housings, however. Do they simply "snap" into the ceiling via a spread spring affair such as those used in homes? I can't seem to remove them at this time and don't want to destroy something by prying, etc. Any advice would be appreciated. By the way fuses are OK.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Hi there. Sorry I can't be of help to you, but I think if you posted your question in the Thor section (or specifically the Damon section) you might get some help. Good luck! Damon - iRV2 Forums

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by bronk View Post
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Aren't you under warranty?
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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Sounds like they may be halogens rather than Leds. They typically fit in a "puck" that has a glass cover that is removed with a 1/4 twist. Some of then snap into the ceiling hole, but they may be a very tight fit. Others have small screws in the base.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:42 PM   #5
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Gary, You are exactly right with your description. I purchased new halogen bulbs (not cheap@3$ plus) and replaced them this morning. All is well as of this writing. I used rubber gloves to avoid touching the surface of the bulb just to be sure that it remained clean. I had a really "fun time" with one of the bulbs trying to get those little wires into the two "slots' in the fixture. I hope it was just a batch of bad bulbs. All the others with the same configuration have been trouble free thus far. I did notice that when on, the bulbs radiate a lot of heat, and wondering if this may contribute to the dilemma. BTW, I just discovered an Internet site that has the same bulbs for under a dollar - go figure. Thanks for all the responses.

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #6
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G4 Halogens do generate a lot of heat and they drain batteries if you are boondocking!

I replaced all of mine with LEDs from this eBayer.... 5pcs G4 24-3528 SMD LED Pure white Light Bulb Lamp New | eBay These LEDs output close to daylight so they may be too bright for you. If you want LEDs that have very close to the same color output then these will do the trick. Warm White G4 24 SMD LED RV Camper Marine Lamp Cabinet Spot Light Car Bulb 12V | eBay

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