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Old 11-23-2020, 08:03 PM   #1
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Replacing fluorescent ceiling bulbs with LEDS T5-12"

I never have been very successful with the search function on IRV2 so sorry for the probably duplicate post of lots of other folks that I can't find - here goes:

A few years ago I purchased a couple of Star Lights Incorporated Revolution T5-12" LED bulbs to replace the bulbs in one of my fluorescent fixtures in my Allegro Bay. I've been really pleased with them - they don't require a ballast to work vs some of the LED replacements that do.

Anybody got a good place to purchase those now a days? Or is there something better that I am not aware of to do the same thing. I HATE the yellow/orange soft white light color of the fluorescent ones. The Star Lights are 400 lumens output at 4500K which is a nice color I like. I see some called AP Products that look similar and Walmart has them on-line for about $26 vs $30 to $40 per bulb for the Star Lights.

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I used strips of LEDs bought on a roll to update fluorescent fixtures.
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I ordered led strip lights on line 300 leds in 16' roll and 600 leds in 16' roll .
and connectors for the same as they allow , cut to length and have adhesive backing.
I did 6 , 18" dual fluorescent and 6 , 12 " fixtures for under $70 CD.

The 300 in places where a lot of light isn't needed and 600 where you want a LOT.
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I did exactly this last month and it was a breeze! Even if the LEDs burn out they are easy to replace.


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I ordered led strip lights on line 300 leds in 16' roll and 600 leds in 16' roll .
and connectors for the same as they allow , cut to length and have adhesive backing.
I did 6 , 18" dual fluorescent and 6 , 12 " fixtures for under $70 CD.

The 300 in places where a lot of light isn't needed and 600 where you want a LOT.
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I used their products on my 2003 Holiday Rambler Ambassador and replaced all the lights in the coach. Superior products and a great company to work with.
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I used cabinbright there led strips are brighter and made in the usa. there out of ohio and the owner is super to deal with
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I just changed out 2 of my fixtures with leds. I bought 2 rolls and 20 ends on Amazon . I put 2 strips in each fixture which I believe is brighter than before. The that was as simple as it gets.
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Thanks!

Thanks for all the replies! I really appreciate them. The strip replacement vs the tubes that fit into existing fluorescent fixtures will save a bunch of $$$
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Replacing fluorescent ceiling bulbs with LEDS T5-12"

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Thanks for all the replies! I really appreciate them. The strip replacement vs the tubes that fit into existing fluorescent fixtures will save a bunch of $$$
Not to mention all the junk. Not a huge deal, but the line into each unit is 12vdc to start with. Every one you convert you can trash 2 bulbs, 4 sockets, that ballast, and a handful of wire. I converted nine flourescent fixtures in my DS with LED strips, amazed at all the trash.
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When ordering led rolls and connectors make sure you have the matching connectors to the rolls . remember the leds are polarity sensitive .
When doing the connectors and laying the strips , keep a 9 volt battery handy for testing your connections.
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Used LED strips just as above to completely redo my 2000 Seabreeze. 6 fixtures cost about $20 to convert if you are good with a soldering iron and don't need connectors. If you need connectors, you you'd be looking at more like $40 for the whole project.
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I originally used cheap LED tubes to replace the old fluorescent tubes. Remove the ballast and wire in the LEDs - easy. The problem was the LEDs interfered with the satellite dish due to RF noise. So I had to put back the fluorescents right near the dish.

Moving forward a year, a water leak caused me to remove the whole ceiling and I replaced the fixtures with some more modern LED flush puck lights. Looks much nicer. I like a whiter light output. Feels much more up to date than the dingy looking fixtures originally there.
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