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Old 01-12-2012, 01:59 PM   #1
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LED Interior Lighting

Heading down to FL in about 4 weeks for a 2 month tour. No real plans and no reservations. Up to this point our dry camping has pretty much been limited to over-nighters while traveling. DW recently said she wants to avoid CGs as much as possible this trip. I have already been making updates in that regard but I want to convert to all LED inside before we go.

I've searched the forum and there isn't much about LEDs in about a year. So I thought I would bring it up again to see if anyone has recently done this and found a good place to get the more RV interior type bulbs rather than just auto tail lights.

Specifically I have 5 -1139s which are in swivel type reading fixtures. 4 - 1141s in a fixture over the dinette (pointing down) Where my problem may be is on the bathroom vanity fixture. It has 3 bulbs that are 11xx but the last two numbers are worn off all of them. They take the 1156 base however, they are "decorative" bulbs and the glass is white frosted and they're about 2.5 inches in diameter. I have two "wedge" type bulbs in the sconces on the bedroom wall and a few other 1156s that I don't see any problems with. I already have 5 dual tube florescent fixtures as overheads throughout, also wondering if anyone has converted those to LED.

Anything experienced thoughts or recomendations will be much appreciated!

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There actually have been some recent threads on LED lighting, but rather than try to find one of those, here's what I used to replace fluorescents in a 12" fixture that had gone bad. I've been very satisfied and will use them as ballasts inevitably fail in the others: Ming Natural White 12" 300L RV LED Tube for Fluorescent Lights

It's worth noting that two 300 lumen LED bulbs seem to produce slightly more light than the original two tubes and the fixture "looks" the same. Some people have chosen to use a single 400 lumen LED to produce slightly less light, but I didn't like the unbalanced look. Also, the Revolution brand sold by the same dealer is better known, but a bit more expensive. The Customer Service folks I talked to said the performance of the Ming and the Revolution lights have been about the same.
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Here are some sites that have LED's:
www.superlumination.com Tail Light Brake Light Turn Signal LED Bulbs
Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures - we got some of the LEDs to replace the ThinLites from here
usLEDsupply - Your source for High Tech RGB color LED lights, DMX controllers, and LED lighting supplies at wholesale prices.

As I said we got some of the ThinLite replacements from Marinebeam but since Thom works with electric and stuff we also got some of the LED flexible strip rolls and made some other replacements for them. I have a couple of pics of that mod on the blog.
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Thanks guys! I'm on my phone right now and can't really gives those sites a good going over but, from what I'v seen, they have every thing I need.... even the vanity lights! Much appreciated!

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If you aren't wedded to your fixtures and want an inexpensive route, check out LED lighting – DIY strip lights. I've removed the innards of a fluorescent that went bad and filled the backplate with LED strips. Other than a bit of soldering to connect to leads on each strip section, it was just a plug 'n chug and the light output is very good - and the price was less than $15.

I plan to use these strip lights in several places where I need dispersed light like above the kitchen counter. What I have now is concentrated lights trying to disperse. These LED's will do the 'disperse' naturally ;-)
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We've purchased both the bayonet base to replace the 1156's and the wedge base to replace halides in the sconces from superbrightled.

Choose the warm white color; while not as yellow as incandescents, they will still give you a pleasant bright light.
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I've replaced most interior bulbs with LED's. Have a problem - when using the overhead antenna and turning on the LED's; the TV freezes up. Can't figure this out but is for sure the LED's. Doesn't happen with sat. or cable so the LED's must emit RF.
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Lots of recent threads on LEDs here are three......

LED Replacements for G4 halogen bulbs

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If you aren't wedded to your fixtures and want an inexpensive route, check out LED lighting DIY strip lights. I've removed the innards of a fluorescent that went bad and filled the backplate with LED strips. Other than a bit of soldering to connect to leads on each strip section, it was just a plug 'n chug and the light output is very good - and the price was less than $15.
That's sure is something I'll investigate. $15 per fixture does sound better than $50.
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Lots of recent threads on LEDs here are three......
Thanks texnet. After docj pointed out there were more recent threads, I realized I only went through the Going Green Forum rather than all of IRV2.


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I've replaced most interior bulbs with LED's. Have a problem - when using the overhead antenna and turning on the LED's; the TV freezes up. Can't figure this out but is for sure the LED's. Doesn't happen with sat. or cable so the LED's must emit RF.
Hmmm... that's something to investigate too! Have to make sure whatever I get, they don't emit too much RF. Thanks for the tip!
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