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L.E.D. lights
« on: August 21, 2007, 09:14:03 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has replaced any of their interior lights with LEDs and if so pros and cons ?, we do a lot of dry camping and looking for ways to extend battery life,  Thanks ,   Richard

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007, 07:58:55 AM »
Yes, love them for the low energy use but hate them for the high cost!

Got one at Quartzsite last Jan for $35.00. It was the last one the dealer in the big tent at the R show had. It puts out a bit more light than my 10 watt halogen incandescent for one tenth the amps. Would have gone back and bought 3 more as that would have improved the desk and kitchen lighting greatly.

This month at the Redmond FMCA, I found some similar ones for $20.00 each. I will be getting around to installing them this week now that I am back "home". Will report back on performance. After I process all the accumulated receipts, I will be able to give you the dealer's address.
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Re: L.E.D. lights
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2007, 10:00:51 AM »
I have a bunch of LED replacements for the bulbs in my rig and have swapped out some of them... The ones I have are IIRC 25 led arrays and are not as bright as the traditional bulbs.  however many of my light fixtures are 2 lamp jobs and you can select one or both lamps with the switch.. I've put the LED's in the "ONE" slot  Makes the lights way softer at night, and not much less brighter on high.  I'm expecting thil will extend battery life.

Point 2: I don't often change the LED bulbs... Incandasent need changing all the time

Next year in QZ I'm going to pull a fuse or two due to wife insisting on leaving some lights on all night and running the battery down
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 01:56:58 PM »
Only downside is that LEDs are much more directional than incandescents - they are "focused" lighting rather than area lighting.  We've changed our plug in night lights to LED types and now feel free to use them when boondocking.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2007, 08:55:16 PM »

Next year in QZ I'm going to pull a fuse or two due to wife insisting on leaving some lights on all night and running the battery down
LED fixtures = $20
Roll of duct tape to bind wifes hands = $4
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Just have to hope my wife doesn't see this.

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Re: L.E.D. lights
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 12:22:24 AM »
Yes, love them for the low energy use but hate them for the high cost!

High cost?  I'm confused.  Didn't you just replace your dash with a really neat computer screen?   ;D


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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 05:59:45 AM »
Apples vs Oranges, Phil!

The dash is a TOY and cost is a much lesser consideration while lighting is utilitarian> Cost here looms big.
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Re: L.E.D. lights
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007, 07:22:31 AM »
Apples vs Oranges, Phil!

The dash is a TOY and cost is a much lesser consideration while lighting is utilitarian> Cost here looms big.


Good Point!!!     :D ;D
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007, 07:26:09 AM »
Why spend money on something that isn't FUN :)
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007, 10:49:56 AM »
Why spend money on something that isn't FUN :)

Another good point. ??? :D ;D
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Re: L.E.D. lights
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007, 10:52:58 AM »
Apples vs Oranges, Phil!
The dash is a TOY and cost is a much lesser consideration while lighting is utilitarian> Cost here looms big.

Now I understand, Russ.  I can buy a new radio for my hobby just because I want it but I need to be frugal when I change a light bulb.   

It's time to call HRO.   :)

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2007, 10:51:52 PM »
Or AES phil, or AES.

Just remember that though that new top of the line Yesau do everything box (What is that, a 7,000, or $7,000) is really going to be the smallest part of the total cost... IT is the "Extras" that really run up the cost...

You know:

The new carpet
The new couch
The new Washer and Dryer
The new Kitchen
The.. Well you get the idea......
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2007, 11:37:48 PM »
Or AES phil, or AES.

Just remember that though that new top of the line Yesau do everything box (What is that, a 7,000, or $7,000) is really going to be the smallest part of the total cost... IT is the "Extras" that really run up the cost...


Sorry John, HRO is the distributor for Tokyo High Power.  AES could not get me the HL-1.5KFX.  And, it's going to connect to an Omni 7, not a Yaesu.

I do spend a bunch at AES though.  They sent me an FT817 a few weeks ago.

Phil


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« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2007, 08:43:27 AM »
So you are like me.. Some things I go to AES,  Some HRO, all depends on what I'm buying.

There are thigns about HRO I seriously like.. Of the 3 kenwood boxes I have, Two came from HRO. (The third is car audio (Am/Fm/Cassette/AV-In) and came from a local retailer/installer)

AES could not get me a replacment part from Kenwood, so I had to have it mailed to my daughter when I was in Vegas

Would have been so much easier if I could have had it mailed ot AES and picked it up there... Mail to my daughter's house does not always get delivered and/or comes up missing.. In fact a bunch of stuff, including the front door, came up missing yesterday.  She got home just in time to surprise the burgler and get part of his vehicle license plate and recover some of the "Loot".
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Re: L.E.D. lights
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2007, 09:15:56 AM »
She got home just in time to surprise the burgler and get part of his vehicle license plate and recover some of the "Loot".

I hope they catch the burglar. Hopefully your daughter didn't come to any harm.
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2007, 09:39:07 AM »
Now that is scary.  Like Tom we hope your daughter wasn't harmed.
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2007, 07:17:08 PM »
Daughter is fine, the only causalities were the front door, her cell phone, and of course her confidence in the neighborhood.

But she is fine... She has some good self protection "Tools" (Not hardware, but skills) so I'm not too worried about here physically.  Seems when she challagened the theif he dropped and ran... Which may or may not be lucky for him.   But she believes she recovered everything except her peace of mind and a couple pieces of cell phone,, Don't know how it got broke.

They have a bid in on a town house.. I Think they are going to talk to their agent about insuring it's the winning bid.
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2007, 07:31:59 PM »
John, I am pleased to hear that your daughter is OK. She should keep her "Tools/skills,"  :o honed, even in the townhouse. Good luck to her.  ;D

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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2007, 07:39:58 PM »
Good news your daughter was not harmed.  Material things can be replaced.  Best of luck to her on the townhouse.
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2007, 08:42:50 PM »
Seems when she challagened the theif he dropped and ran...

That's one brave young lady. Glad she was unharmed and glad to hear she got (almost) everything back in one piece.
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« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2007, 10:22:02 AM »
Thanks All, and Tom, I'm not sure "Brave" is the proper word/  *Issed Off is the term that applies.  Her anger got ahead of her common sense.  Wife and others keep saying things like "Well what if he had a gun" and they are right, However with the current laws in most every state adding time to the conviction if a gun is involved...  Most folks who kick the doors in on empty apartments tend to leave their guns at home... No profit in the extra 2 years (Michigan law, other states vary)

And anyone who has studied nature knows for a fact:  The female of the species is more deadly than the male!
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2007, 12:46:59 PM »
We replace all the halogen lites in the MH with LEDs and several of the tube lights.  Use 1 10th of the power and give good light.  I want to replace all the lights with LED.  Very expensive but low power usage and long life.
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2007, 01:34:34 PM »
I'm working on it Fred. the 25 led arrays I used here are not as bright as the incasadents that the "house" came with. but... I plan on doing some shopping in QZ this year if I have any spare cash.. (LEDS IN BULK< Resistors in bulk and  I know how to solder)

The one thing I need to do is kill the isle lights... Wife likes to turn them on, I don't know if it is acidental or intentional, but I need to kill them or LED them... LED has its attractions here.  I'm thining about 5 LEDS per bulb.  Bit softer light, and way less power.  But there are a lot of those dang little bulbs..  I've replaced about a third of the overheads  In many cases I"ve replaced just one o fthe twin lights with LED's. this gives me a true Low/HIGH and the low is real nice for visiting the ham shack/ur, Restroom at night.
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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2007, 03:33:22 PM »
We have replaced all the halogens.  I do not like them as they run so hot.  We are not seeing too much difference it light with those replacements.  The 12 led strip lights do not have the same lighting - so I am going to put two of those strips in place of each flouressent <sp>.   Very costly.
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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2007, 08:02:06 PM »
I don't have halogens however the tungsten bulbs in this rig get hot enough that the leather ceiling is burned above the fixtures.. Found this out when I changed to LED's on a couple of lights
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