Converting To Led Lighting

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  1. Rooky Vanner

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    Hi All
    We have an Elddis 140 (08 plate) and I am thinking of converting to led lighting. Can I just buy bulbs that will fit our current fittings, do I need to change the fittings? (downlighter spot lights) and if so where do I get them from?
    Total learner here but bought solar panel and want to reduce my power use for camping without hookup. We are 'without hookup' rookies but willing to learn!!
    Many thanks
     
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    just change the bulbs, simple job.
     
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    as said.. I did all of mine and sourced LEDs from this company, as recommended by others on Fun
    http://www.atenlighting.co.uk/caravan-motorhome-lighting

    not a cheap job.. I had 11 to change .. you can buy cheaper.. but cheap LEDs don't last. .. do it once do it right .. (y)
    I bought two to try for colour.. and settled on warm white..

    if you tell us what lamps you have can advise on replacements..
     
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    there are some warm white led's in poundland-worth a try-forget the type but they have 2 pins
     
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    Thanks for help... Photo of fittings to follow
    Many thanks
     
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    Ok
    Here is the picture you have been waiting for... the bulb is 2 pin and wait for it 35mm in diameter?
    Here's hoping.
     

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    As has been said before, don't buy cheap 12volt ones, buy 8 to 30 volt ones, they are the ones that last. image.jpg
     
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    Grand stuff thanks a lot for all the help. I'm on it!!
     
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    Or there's warm white, I put warm in the lounge area and cool in the kitchen and bathroom, not cheap but the power savings are massive. The indicator was 8.6 watts for halogen and 0.8 watts for LED. image.jpg
     
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    Hi Badknee It's for the lounge area so gone for warm white.
    Next I am checking what is in the roof lights.
    Seems a lot easier than I expected!!
     
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    you can change those for the ones in poundland -they are warm white with 12 leds-had no trouble with mine so far (2years).
    for others i went on e bay
     
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    Brilliant thanks
    Great forum this!!
    Nice people...well sometimes..Ha ha
     
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    Now for your next test? What do I replace this with????
     

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    Ditto I've got 2 like that I'd like to replace.
    Regards
     
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    That looks like what is called an MR11 bulb which is 35mm diameter. The one suggested by Badknee won't work because it is for a fitting with a G4 halogen bulb and the prong connectors are in the wrong place for your fitting. Just search MR11 LED on fleabay and you will come up with hundreds of hits. Try to choose one in the UK or you will have a long wait to get it from China.
     
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    to replace those buy 5m of led strip from ebay and remove all the electronic parts from the fitting ,you just need the live and earth that enter the fitting i cant see if those lights have switches if yes leave the switch in situ and use the two wires that come out of the switch to connect to the strip
    i used as much as i could get inside the fitting to get a bright light but you may need less depending on its use
    the strips come with two wires on for the first connection and can be cut to length every 3 leds there's a mark on the tape where you can cut
    at the end of each section there are two solder dots you can solder new wires onto or you can buy connectors which clip on
    led's are polarity sensitive but if you connect wrong it will not damage them just reverse the wiring
    the strips are self adhesive but i added a couple of spots of glue as well
    it sounds harder than it is its taken me longer to type this reply
     
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    5m strip ordered, mr11s ordered, fantastic advice, just exactly what I wanted!!
    Saved me a fortune and I am very grateful to all of you, The strip idea was superb, never thought of that...
    Thanks again.
     
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    Hi,

    I have 4 down lights in the cab / dinette area, in your opinion would the G4 10 led's be too bright in the warm white? or would I be ok with the 6 Led one's

    Andy
     
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    I bought the 10 led warm white G4s and they are very bright.. great for reading.. but I think the 6 led would probably adequate .. buy a couple to try ?
     
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    I haven't changed mine as they don't use a great deal of power.
     
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