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Old 12-23-2019, 08:08 AM   #29
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I finally found pictures of my conversion to LED. 3 LED strips, the 2 outside ones connected to the original switch. I added a second switch and connected the center strip to the new switch. 3rd photo compares a converted light to the old. Remember that I can reduce light by shutting off switches, either have 1, 2, or 3 lights working.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:48 PM   #30
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I bought direct replacement led bulbs from Walmart for my 18" fixtures. Made by Great Value they were only $6.88 each and work great. No rewiring just stick them in and turn them on. My goal was increased brightness and instant on. I wasn't concerned about energy usage but they do use less than the fluorescent bulbs they replaced and more than if you disconnected the ballast for strip lighting.
I did the exact same thing as you,I got them at Walmart came out to the coach popped them in and instantly much brighter lights. I have had them going on 2 years with zero problems. I'm not sure why others haven't done this, maybe I'm missing something here.
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I did the exact same thing as you,I got them at Walmart came out to the coach popped them in and instantly much brighter lights. I have had them going on 2 years with zero problems. I'm not sure why others haven't done this, maybe I'm missing something here.
With many other things to do on a coach . I also chose the easy way on this also.
18 in from WM and no removal of ballast .
I chose the Daylite bulb with the metal ends . They are much brighter
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Moisheh, you are right about the $30 price, at the time I installed mine. Fortunately, they are about half that price now.

The reason I installed LED's, and for many others, is to cut down on power consumption when off grid. The Ming's Mark fluorescent tube replacement LED tube lights do not use the ballast and have been trouble free for 8 years. These do not use the ballast, thereby not power hogs.

Now if you are plugged in or run the generator, put in whatever makes you happy. There is no "right" way to do it. Do what works for you. I tried the LED strips and gave up after three type of adhesive failed.

Most of the time the tube lights are off, and sometimes they are dimmed. But when I need the place lit up, I turn them on without thinking about the amp usage. With solar and LED's, I am usually charged up by 2:00PM and only use the generator when running the microwave over two minutes.

This is my "right" way to do it. So, digest all this good input from everyone and come up with your "right" way.
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With many other things to do on a coach . I also chose the easy way on this also.
18 in from WM and no removal of ballast .
I chose the Daylite bulb with the metal ends . They are much brighter


My understanding is that the ballast must be good for this to work right? Mine went out and Iím trying to decide what to do next. Please let me know about the ballast.
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:41 PM   #34
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Some replacement LED tubes use the ballast, some do not.

There is a 12 volt and a ground going to the ballast. With the Ming's Mark, along with some others, you connect the pigtail coming off the tube to the two wires going to the ballast. You actually cut the two wires going to the ballast and connect these two wires to the two wires coming out of the new tubes. If you decide to wire nut them, in place of butt connectors, black tape them when done to keep from vibrating off.
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There are 2 types of replacement LED tubes for fluorescent lights. Those that use the florescent ballast and those that don't. When my home and RV lights fail, I replace them with the LED tubes that do not use a balast. The ballest will eventually fail, so I take care of that once and for all. A simple procedure, but a bit more involved than just replacing a bulb or two.
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I bought these. At about 10 dollars each, they seemed pretty affordable. I found that one tube per fixture gave plenty of light.

Gold Stars 6 x T8188301-06 LED... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTMV4YE?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
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I bought these. At about 10 dollars each, they seemed pretty affordable. I found that one tube per fixture gave plenty of light.

Gold Stars 6 x T8188301-06 LED... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BTMV4YE...p_mob_ap_share
That's a good price, looks the same as the one I linked and used - and mine were $15 each when I bought them, now they are $30 from a different seller. This is a MUCH better price.
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I pulled out the ballista and tubes last year in place of LED tape. They have lasted through a winter and hot summer trip out West. Love the light they put off. Click image for larger version

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I pulled out the ballista and tubes last year in place of LED tape. They have lasted through a winter and hot summer trip out West. Love the light they put off. Attachment 270469


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I was going to use the ledís indicated by B BOB L. I have attached two pictures of my fixture. It does not appear to be the same as the wonderful video by Veraken. Any thoughts?

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Looks like mine - the wires between the ballast and the tube ends can be ignored if you use the ones that I linked (which are available cheaper as someone else linked) - you just need to choose the positive and negative wires from the switch and connect those to the pigtail for the tubes, and that's it!
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