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Old 11-27-2021, 06:31 PM   #1
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Led lights

I have 3 2foot tube lights and got those about half working. It has a way to use 1 led light or u can make 2 at one time or with 2 switchs you car ge all 3.Si finally got all 3 working but a few seconds they started flicking and one would get dimmer so is there anyone had this problem? I took the the ballast out and wired the positive to one side and neutral too other side.
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LEDs do not need a ballast. Were the lights originally fluorescent and you replaced with LEDs? If that's the case, you may have destroyed the LED lights with the ballast in the circuit.
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I took the ballast out first then hooked up the led lights they will do fine for a little while.After a couple min. they start flickering not acting right. I think they need resistors or something? If u could help me? Thanks
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I took the ballast out first then hooked up the led lights they will do fine for a little while.After a couple min. they start flickering not acting right. I think they need resistors or something? If u could help me? Thanks
Go to Lowe's and buy some new lights that work correctly is what I would do. I am not sure what you are trying to do or with what parts.
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If there was a ballast installed originally then I suspect that you have 120VAC going to the LEDs. Unplug your RV or turn off the main circuit breaker and see what happens when you try to turn on the lights. This should remove the possibility of you applying AC to the LEDs unless they are powered through an inverter.
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After reading that they do okay for a little while then you probably didn't apply 120V to them. I would expect them to go out in dramatic fashion if you had. I'm sorry, but I'm at a loss as to what your problem could be.
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It sounds like you may have just gotten some low-quality bulbs.
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It sounds like the voltage is dropping, causing the LED lights to flicker.

Measure the voltage at the lights when you turn them on, and again when they start to flicker.

You will have to "Tee" into the wires to do this, but it's the only way to be sure.
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Can you share exactly what parts you are trying to use. I have read your post a few times and unsure.
There are many posts to convert 12v RV fluorescent to 12v strip LEDs. There are also 12v led kits that are not true 12v strips and use a driver/convertor.
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There are 12V fluorescent lights with ballasts.

There are ballast compatible LED tube replacements, but I am not sure any are available for the size bulbs usually used in RVs.

So let's start with...

1. Are the fixtures 12V or 120V?
2. Do the LED replacement bulbs fit in the original fluorescent bulb sockets ("tombstones")?
3. If the answer to (2) is "yes," did you get ballast-compatible LED bulbs or ballast bypass LED bulbs?

A link to information about the bulbs and a picture of the fixture would be helpful.
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I think i found the problem.There was 2 wires that was hooked up that didnt need to be and i unhooked the 2 extra wires and it is working fine i hope! Thanks
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