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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2016, 10:05:31 AM »
I sampled one of the NextWave and they do put out more light than my paddle style from Amazon. I did not buy the NextWave because of being $17 each. I think I'm going to try the original bulbs and just do some testing.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2016, 03:50:16 PM »
this thread reminds me... a while back I emailed the sponsor, RVLEDBulbs, asking for advice on which bulbs to order, base don light output and color.  Never heard back.

Here's the email I sent.  perhaps some of you can help.
Actually, I think I'd prefer something with slightly fewer lumens than the incandescents, because DW prefers low level lighting.... although I don't want to go significantly dimmer because..... well sometimes I just need to see things  ::)

Found you by your add on rvforum.net
my rv has 921 bulbs
I don't know how many lumens they produce to compare to your LEDs
I would like a replacement LED that has the same color as the incandescent
and with a brightness equal to, or slightly less, than the standard 921.

Can you advise?
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2016, 05:40:35 PM »
this thread reminds me... a while back I emailed the sponsor, RVLEDBulbs, asking for advice on which bulbs to order, base don light output and color.  Never heard back.

Here's the email I sent.  perhaps some of you can help.
Actually, I think I'd prefer something with slightly fewer lumens than the incandescents, because DW prefers low level lighting.... although I don't want to go significantly dimmer because..... well sometimes I just need to see things  ::)

Found you by your add on rvforum.net
my rv has 921 bulbs
I don't know how many lumens they produce to compare to your LEDs
I would like a replacement LED that has the same color as the incandescent
and with a brightness equal to, or slightly less, than the standard 921.

Can you advise?

I spoke at length with the folks over at M4 (http://www.m4products.com/) and while they're not cheap, they seem to have bulbs for almost every application, and 3 color options for most. You'd have to talk to them re lumens but I'm sure they'd be happy to help. For many of the bulbs the lumens are listed.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #33 on: December 10, 2017, 08:06:37 PM »
So its been almost 2 years since any replies to this thread. I am looking at replacing the lights with LEDs and looked up this thread. Are any of you who bought the cheapy lights from China still satisfied with those bulbs? Would anyone change their recommendations?
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2017, 12:15:11 AM »
The only comment I can add is to try to get the "warm" lights and not the "cool white" ones as they are finding the Blue light has negative effects on your eyes.  My Dr's have advocated that I change the light in my house to the warm ones.  I just got an app for my phone that reduces the blue in the light and it seems to help.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2017, 03:53:47 PM »
So its been almost 2 years since any replies to this thread. I am looking at replacing the lights with LEDs and looked up this thread. Are any of you who bought the cheapy lights from China still satisfied with those bulbs? Would anyone change their recommendations?
We replaced our lights with these...(1) 2 pk 1156/1141 Base LED Replacement Bulb 270 LUM 10-24v Natural White 25007V (total 2 bulbs) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0176S4F1I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_A4VlAbGYTJG6Z
Actually we prefer the cool white over the warm, warm is way dim

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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2017, 04:41:04 PM »
Im with Jim. I prefer the warmer ones. Had an office with large windows for 10 years and never used my overhead fluorescents. On dark stormy days, or the few evenings I worked past dark, I had a small lamp with an incandesent light and a gold colored shade.

The lights Im looking for are the T5s, the long tubular ones. The LEDs are very expensive,,,, $20+ each... which is why I was wondering about the ones from china.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #37 on: December 11, 2017, 08:29:20 PM »
My advice is to calculate (estimate) exactly where you DON'T need much light and buy smaller LED arrays for those spaces. For instance, the light over the bed (just above my knees) needs very little light. The reading lights, however, require a bit more for aging eyes. 

If you start by buying a variety of sizes, you can switch them around to find what works best where, and then order more of what you need to finish out the project.

Every place you scale down the electricity usage is where you've extended your boondocking battery life. We've finally replaced all the traditional lights inside our RV, and the difference in electrical usage is dramatic.

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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #38 on: December 12, 2017, 06:34:21 PM »
So its been almost 2 years since any replies to this thread. I am looking at replacing the lights with LEDs and looked up this thread. Are any of you who bought the cheapy lights from China still satisfied with those bulbs? Would anyone change their recommendations?

To directly answer your question I bought >30 very inexpensive "direct from China" LEDs (<$1.50) for all my "puck" lights nearly 2 years ago.  I made sure to buy from a vendor who specified a color temperature and didn't just say "warm white".  Also , I bought from someone who specified the lumen output of the bulbs.  All the LEDs I installed are still working great!
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #39 on: December 13, 2017, 08:22:43 PM »
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To directly answer your question I bought >30 very inexpensive "direct from China" LEDs (<$1.50) for all my "puck" lights nearly 2 years ago.  I made sure to buy from a vendor who specified a color temperature and didn't just say "warm white".  Also , I bought from someone who specified the lumen output of the bulbs.  All the LEDs I installed are still working great!

Great to hear. I will be checking into them.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #40 on: December 14, 2017, 07:30:52 AM »
I tried swapping out my incandescents for LEDs and went back to incandescents two days later. I thought they sucked. Really poor color and very low light output. And the only way they will ever pay for themselves is if you leave it on 24/7. Under normal use they really take a long time to pay for themselves.

Have you seen mine? Come take a look at them and you may change your mind. The first time I bought just a few to see how I would like them , then realized I needed to change the color and lumens. After removing the fixture and all the internal wiring and ballast I rewired the bulbs in, then added more until I got the level right. Much better, plus I just cant stand fluorescent lights or the hummm they sometimes have.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #41 on: December 14, 2017, 08:44:44 PM »
To directly answer your question I bought >30 very inexpensive "direct from China" LEDs (<$1.50) for all my "puck" lights nearly 2 years ago.  I made sure to buy from a vendor who specified a color temperature and didn't just say "warm white".  Also , I bought from someone who specified the lumen output of the bulbs.  All the LEDs I installed are still working great!

I did pretty much the same thing at the same time with the same results.  Side benefit - I felt like I could ease off on being the Light Nazi with DW when boondocking.  Who says you canít buy happiness?  8)
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #42 on: December 14, 2017, 10:02:44 PM »
The lights I bought nearly 2 years ago for $.98 each were put in our travel trailer that we used for 2 seasons and then traded in for a 2018 Jayco Jayflight.  (The new trailer came with LEDís installed, except for the light in the vent hood.  I thought that was strange!????)  They worked great and never had a problem.  The balance of the lights I put in our landscape lighting around our house.  When I was using the incadescent bulbs, I was replacing them on a regular basis.  The LEDís I put in are still burning bright!  I would highly recommend them.  Be sure you check the specs and get the exact light you are wanting.  There are ALL KINDS of lights out there.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #43 on: December 28, 2017, 09:06:47 PM »
You want a good led replacement here you go if you have t10 or 921 bulbs these are to me brighter
Than factory and 20 bucks for 20 i only
Needed 17 but tested all and all 20 was
Good 20x Super Bright 921 194 T10 LED Bulb, Pure White 12V 24-SMD Wedge Lamp For Boat RV Trailer Camper Motorhome Ceiling Dome Interior Light (Pack of 20) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0761TSXF4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_z5ArAbQTJHT22

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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #44 on: December 28, 2017, 09:28:19 PM »
Caryl,

If you get to Q, We will fix you up with some free LEDs.
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2017, 05:57:13 PM »
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Caryl,

If you get to Q, We will fix you up with some free LEDs.

Thanks Bill. We are planning on being there
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #46 on: January 04, 2018, 09:33:13 AM »
It's pretty easy to find inexpensive standard 1156 LEDs but I've spent a fair amount of time trying to find reasonably priced T5 & T8 tube replacements and same with globe and reading lights. A search for RV interior LEDs yields thousands of hits on eBay. For those who have had luck finding cheaper bulbs it would be helpful for others interested in retrofit to know exactly where they were purchased. Do you have a seller or product you can point us to?
Here's what I did with my fluorescent fixtures:
https://www.bornfreervclub.org/bulletin_board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5356&p=30231#p30231

Total cost was about $5 for each fixture. I did this about a year and a half ago so the eBay links aren't working.
 
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Re: Upgrading to LED lights
« Reply #47 on: January 04, 2018, 11:00:59 AM »
Here's what I did with my fluorescent fixtures:
https://www.bornfreervclub.org/bulletin_board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5356&p=30231#p30231

Total cost was about $5 for each fixture. I did this about a year and a half ago so the eBay links aren't working.

I did roughly the same thing with all of my fluorescent fixtures, except that I used LED self-stick strips.  The effect is roughly the same and the installation was the same.
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