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Old 09-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #1
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Replace 12 volt lights with LED???

Ok being a newbie... LED require a whole lot less then 12 volt incandescent bulbs that are in my trailer (I assume they are, not opened the light fixture).

I have seen what looks like direct replacement for incandescent bulbs with LED.

This true? LED work in same socket.....???

I will check back tomorrow. Appreciate the helpful folks here. Making my life easier.

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Old 09-03-2016, 10:14 PM   #2
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LED lights is the only way to go. Yes, there are bulb to bulb replacements for most all older style RV lights without replacing the entire fixture. You will find some that are really cheap and others that cost more. In my opinion the cheapest ones do not produce the same lumens as the older bulbs. I bought the slightly more expensive LEDs and have been very happy with them. We get excellent light to read by. They also use a fraction of the battery power over older bulbs and produce much less heat. The only bulbs I have not been able to replace yet, have not tried too hard, are some halogen G4 base bulbs over my bathroom sink. Yes they make LED bulbs with G4 bases, but the ones I've tried won't fit into the little round recessed fixtures. I've spent perhaps $200.00 on LED replacements in total, but I think its worth it. DW does not complain about dim reading lights anymore.

In my basement areas I installed some LED strip lights wired in with the regular basement light fixtures. This made a night and day difference in those areas, pun indented.

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Old 09-03-2016, 10:22 PM   #3
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Yep, I've replaced over 60 of the halogen puck light bulbs in my rig. Had to remove the heavy cast heat sink/reflector and glue the socket in for each one. Not a one day job but worth the effort.
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Old 09-04-2016, 12:46 AM   #4
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Without knowing what your fixtures are, I can say I tried many before I found these. My light took two incandescent bulbs but only ine of these fits in the fixture and that is allyou need. Very pleased with amount and quality of light.

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Old 09-04-2016, 01:13 AM   #5
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The price of the 12 volt LED replacements for regular bulbs seems to be coming down on a daily basis. If your putting the RV away for the winter I'd do the shopping for LEDs in the spring.
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Old 09-04-2016, 05:43 AM   #6
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I replace all of mine, but took a slightly different approach.

I used the 36 LED flat panels, and glued them into the fixture and soldered the wires.

Upgrading coach lights to LEDs | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

And of course, anther side effect of using LEDs, you can add a rheostat as a dimmer.

Adding a dimmer to LED lighting | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

And a neat modification I performed on two of my lights, I converted them from OFF-MED-HIGH to a LOW-MED HIGH

Adding bathroom light wall switch converts ceiling fixture to LOW-MED-HIGH | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Old 09-04-2016, 05:56 AM   #7
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Here is a site where you can probably find what you are looking for. I did.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:37 PM   #8
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I just opened my light fixtures and have C921s....

Thanks for all the replies sure helps a newbie out. Hopefully someday I can repay the favor.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:57 PM   #9
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When you start replacing your lights with LEDs, have a voltmeter handy. On my 2005 Fleetwood Discovery, the manufacturer wired about half the fixtures reverse polarity. I had to go through and rewire. Incidentally, the marker lights on top were also wired reverse polarity, I haven't fixed those yet.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:20 PM   #10
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If dry camping, change to LED is a very good thing. I change only those lights used most often. Socketed bulbs where applicable. If florescent bulbs replaced with strips of LED.

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