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Old 07-04-2018, 03:04 PM   #15
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....One of my projects is to replace all or most of the lighting with LED bulbs. ....

Thanks in advance!
Why?

This is another fine example of energy OCD brought on by idiot politicians in DC and California.

All my lights have a magic device called an ‘ON/OFF’ switch . In the off position, lights use no energy.

By replacing six lights with LEDs, our light load when boondocking is at most 5 watts 95% of the time.

Other loads that we have reduced is by carefully selecting replacement TVs. The almost too big for a MH TV in the main cabin draws 60 watts. The bedroom TV and laptops draw about 30 watts each.

The point here is that lighting in a RV is a classic case of diminishing returns.

When it is hot and humid, I have measure the kwh used on a 100 degree day to be comfortable. The cost is less than one bottle of beer a day.

Replace few LED and call it a win.
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Why?

This is another fine example of energy OCD brought on by idiot politicians in DC and California.

All my lights have a magic device called an ‘ON/OFF’ switch . In the off position, lights use no energy.

By replacing six lights with LEDs, our light load when boondocking is at most 5 watts 95% of the time.

Other loads that we have reduced is by carefully selecting replacement TVs. The almost too big for a MH TV in the main cabin draws 60 watts. The bedroom TV and laptops draw about 30 watts each.

The point here is that lighting in a RV is a classic case of diminishing returns.

When it is hot and humid, I have measure the kwh used on a 100 degree day to be comfortable. The cost is less than one bottle of beer a day.

Replace few LED and call it a win.
Did you stop to consider others may do it for reasons other than energy, like reduction in heat, the fun of doing it, to get brighter light for less heat, etc... in my case lights in the ceiling went from 156 degrees on the glass to 88 degrees now.

Personally the cost of energy to me is a non-factor. If I were concerned with energy costs I certainly wouldn’t be driving my 8 mpg coach. Stuff costs what it costs. Worrying about a few bucks and few bucks there takes all the fun out of whatever it is I’m doing.

I like the new brighter look and the reduction of heat, well worth a couple hundred bucks.
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Found all the different bulbs I needed at Amazon.com except the fluorescent tubes which I found at Walmart. See this thread for fluorescent tubes. They are not available online you need to go to a Walmart to pick them up. http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/led-lights-398730.html

Closet and light over dining room table
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Puck Lights
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sconce and lights over mirror
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bay lights
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Under the microwave/countertop
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Refer/freezer (festooned style) - I went through 3 different styles before I found the ones I liked.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I should add none of these produce blueish white, these are warmer. See post 20 in this thread to see the color http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/led-...-398730-2.html they are the puck lights to the left, the bright white fluorescents are from Walmart
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Did you stop to consider others may do it for reasons other than energy, like reduction in heat, the fun of doing it, to get brighter light for less heat, etc... in my case lights in the ceiling went from 156 degrees on the glass to 88 degrees now.

Personally the cost of energy to me is a non-factor. If I were concerned with energy costs I certainly wouldn’t be driving my 8 mpg coach. Stuff costs what it costs. Worrying about a few bucks and few bucks there takes all the fun out of whatever it is I’m doing.

I like the new brighter look and the reduction of heat, well worth a couple hundred bucks.
Some great points sdennislee!

I would add one more: The hassle of having to change out bulbs every time an incandescent bulb blows. I prefer to change them all, in one fell swoop, and be done with it. LEDs will likely outlive my coach. So not having to store replacement bulbs and changing them when it's convenient for the low-tech buggers to bite the bust (which is likely not a convenient time for me), makes changing them out a no-brainer (especially when one considers the other reasons you listed).
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Did you stop to consider others may do it for reasons .....
Sure that is why I started with the word 'why'.
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