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Old 08-27-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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LED Clearance / marker light upgrade

NEW LED Lights installed last week. All I can say is WOW, they are so much better.

I installed them to get a lamp unit that is totally sealed, to avoid water getting in to the lens, then run down the inside wall and rot out the wall.

These are the lights I used: Sealed RV LED Marker Lamp

Here's a few pics of the old lights:

The incandescent lamps and their removable lens, I have seen water and dirt in get in them. If the water doesn't drain out, then water will fill up and leak past the lamp socket and down the wall. This issue seems more common on the front wall marker lamps, which are subject to "water injection" when driving in inclement weather (heavy rain)

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I but some butyl rubber putty around the edge of the lamp, then put some in the screw holes too.
I used stainless steel screws.

Here they are, lit up.


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Old 08-27-2016, 05:53 PM   #3
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Job well done!
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Job well done!
THanks. :-)

After a week or so I will slightly tighten the screws more, then trim off the excess buytl putty that has oozed out from behind the light, then run a bead of sealant around the top and two sides of the light.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:35 AM   #5
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Good job! The only thing I did different was to attach small wood blocks behind the screw holes. Since the aluminum is the only thing holding the screw in and it is thin they strip out easily. My wood pieces were about an 1 1/4" long and 1/2" by 1/2". I obviously had to drill another hole for each one so I could attach them with small stainless screw, pre drill both holes so wood won't split and then attach them. The two screws from the new lenses will screw into the wood and it is much more secure.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:01 AM   #6
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Well done,,

last year I replaced all 14 marker lights.. using standard replacements.. because of water inside light and going down the inside of walls and Fading of lens.. no real damage.

but 2.00 dollars each.. was not hard on the budget.. I do like the LED's...
I used clear silicone grease between lens and base to prevent water entry.

and I replaced the inside standard bulbs with LED... 32 dollars for 20 bulbs. but still need 4 more to finish that job. again budget .
and 16 feet of LED for under awning.. the single color and direct 12 volt power. for 12 dollars, and 6 for the clear gorilla tape to cover them.

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Old 09-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #7
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This is nice! I was considering replacing the bulbs in mine with LED bulbs, but I haven't been able to justify the cost, when they are only on when towing, and at that point power draw isn't a real issue. Someday I will do it though...
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Originally Posted by billandcarol View Post
THanks. :-)

After a week or so I will slightly tighten the screws more, then trim off the excess buytl putty that has oozed out from behind the light, then run a bead of sealant around the top and two sides of the light.
I'm not sure why you put the butyl all around the edges? It's a waterproof fixture. Yes, I understand a shot at the screws and around where the wire goes through. The same goes for running a bead around the top and sides next week?


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