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Old 07-29-2022, 12:29 PM   #1
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Replace Entire Fixture?!!!

2018 Canyon Star 3710 - wall sconce (reading light) on the living room slide started blinking, which indicates it is failing. LED.

According to dealer, and confirmed by Newmar, the entire fixture has to be replaced - can't just replace bulb. I was able to order the last one in Newmar's inventory ($65), so I'll have to find new fixtures when the next one goes, as I'm sure it will eventually.

Not being able to easily replace a light bulb is an indefensible decision on Newmar's part. The fact that I have to replace the entire fixture when one of the puck lights fails is similar, but not nearly as costly - a couple of bucks for each puck. I can live with that.

There may be an existing thread on this issue, but a search didn't turn up anything.
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I feel your pain and it's not only RVs.

The freezer light in our refrigerator in our house went out. Checked the manual and it said that LEDs were not replaceable, call service! Plus, the wiring is apparently in series like the old Christmas lights were and the top lights in the refrigerator section are now dim. Internet search indicates this is pretty common.

Appears by the parts schematic that the lighting module, which includes new bulbs needs to be replaced at a cost of $100 plus a service call.

Ridiculous.
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Old 07-29-2022, 01:51 PM   #3
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After you replace your fixture. Save the original and drop by a Batteries Plus Bulbs store. They not only have a lot of bulbs, they repair things. Entirely possible they can fix yours for less than replacement one.

Then just decide if you want it repaired now as a spare or know what to do when next one fails.
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I'll consider that, although I'll be surprised if anyone could get this apart. Globe won't fit over bulb, and bulb is not removable.
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Thats how LED fixtures are, they are non serviceable, and typically last "forever".

I rather replace a fixture here and there, than to be changing bulbs often, along with the heat, and power draw of an incandescent.
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I'll consider that, although I'll be surprised if anyone could get this apart. Globe won't fit over bulb, and bulb is not removable.
I was mindful of your remark the fixture was the last one. Many of us like fixtures to match in a room, at least. If you have another fail, you might be faced with buying several so they match.

I have found many items appear non-repairable. In the right hands, most can be renewed.

Your choice, of course
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Old 08-08-2022, 01:37 PM   #7
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Just an update: received the new fixture (drop shipped directly from Newmar after ordering through our dealer). As expected. Installation was as easy as replacing the overhead led's. Just two wires.

So, $65 for the part, plus $11 for shipping, and the errant bulb is replaced.

Wish I felt better about it.

BTW, I did write Newmar; they responded, but only with info on how to order. Completely missed or ignored the part about how senseless it is to have to replace the entire fixture.
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Just an update: received the new fixture (drop shipped directly from Newmar after ordering through our dealer). As expected. Installation was as easy as replacing the overhead led's. Just two wires.

So, $65 for the part, plus $11 for shipping, and the errant bulb is replaced.

Wish I felt better about it.

BTW, I did write Newmar; they responded, but only with info on how to order. Completely missed or ignored the part about how senseless it is to have to replace the entire fixture.
Think they call that "selective listening", more and more common these days.
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