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Old 04-13-2018, 04:13 AM   #1
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Running light bulb question

Hello, I am looking to upgrade the running lights by my floorboards in my RV. But I can't figure out what type of bulbs I need. Has anybody seen or know what type of bulb would fit in this holder? I'm asking because when I touch the bulb that's currently in there they're super hot. And I am assuming that LEDs would save power and run cooler. Any help is appreciated thank you.Click image for larger version

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If you can remove the bulb, many times a number is printed on the bulb or the base. A parts house may be able to help you identify it as well. Kind of hard to tell from your picture but I don't think you will have a problem getting it identified. Doubtful that a parts house would have a LED bulb which is the way I would want to go as well. Good luck with your search.
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That appears to be what's called a 'festoon'. They come in various sizes. M4 has a good selection of quality bulbs. Scroll down a bit in the link I provided. I bought from them last year when I changed all my interior bulbs to LED.
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Yes,
Those fixtures use Festoon bulbs. And, they can be a pain in the petute to remove and replace. I changed mine to LED years ago. I can't remember the model or size of the festoon replacement but, another very good site to visit for LEDs is:

www.superbrightleds.com

They are by far, the most effecient site for LEDs out there. They will walk you through anything you want to know about LEDs and, they will have every bit of information, size, base, lumens, CCT or, Color Core Temp, otherwise known as "kelvin". Those two last designations tell what color the light will be. Anyway, good luck on your change out. I changed ALL of mine on the inside and, all the compartment lights too. Waaaaaaaaaaaay better.
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Those fixtures use Festoon bulbs. And, they can be a pain in the petute to remove and replace. I changed mine to LED years ago. I can't remember the model or size of the festoon replacement but, another very good site to visit for LEDs is:



www.superbrightleds.com



They are by far, the most effecient site for LEDs out there. They will walk you through anything you want to know about LEDs and, they will have every bit of information, size, base, lumens, CCT or, Color Core Temp, otherwise known as "kelvin". Those two last designations tell what color the light will be. Anyway, good luck on your change out. I changed ALL of mine on the inside and, all the compartment lights too. Waaaaaaaaaaaay better.

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Great information, thank you very much. I pick up my RV in about 2 weeks and I plan on changing all my bulbs out.
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I think the worst thing about the original bulbs is that when I reach down to touch it it blistered my finger it was running so hot
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Holy cow! Will you come organize my tool bin?
I take that's nice compliment. If so, I surely appreciate it. I used to outfit brand new fire trucks as an overtime assignment while in my career as a fireman. I outfitted them for over 24 years. Guess it kind-a shows in my RV huh? Yeah, it's fun doing that stuff. Not to mention, I know where each and every item I carry is. Sure makes for smooth operations when I need something and can go right to it.

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I think the worst thing about the original bulbs is that when I reach down to touch it it blistered my finger it was running so hot
Yep, that was one of the two primary reasons for me to change my entire coaches interior and compartment lights to LEDs when we first bought it, almost 7 years ago. WE have 8 overhead "puck" style lights in our Itasca Horizon and, those were originally powered up by a 20 watt Halogen for each one. Talk about HEAT! We darn near didn't need a heater in the winter camping situations 'cause of those. And, yes, I did burn some fingers on them too.

So, out they came and, in went "Wafer" style LED bulbs. SERIOUSLY better and cooler with the same amount and type of light output.
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Over the winter I also changed our Horizonís 12 puck lights to LED along with the 5 Reading Lights. Much nicer lighting and much cooler to the touch. Also over the last two weeks I have replaced the terrible Pioneer Stereo with separate XM to a very nice Alpine one piece unit. Still have to get the roof repaired and also would like to change the floor festoon lights to LED
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