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  1. firebird123

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    I have got a Autotrail Apache 2002 the main habitation lights, are circular, 3 of them with what looks like double tubes about 6 inches long, and about half inch thick, can these be exchanged for LEDs, they work the same as Fluorecent tubes, we have in our kitchen, meaning they do not illuminate straight away but blink first.
    I am going to The Lincoln Show tomorrow, but do not know how to remove them, to show as a sample ?
    Are they best bought online or will the show offer better deals ?
     
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    There's a stand at all the shows - chap does all sorts of led solutions. Doubtless he will be there and can advise. I'm sure someone will be able to assist you in removing one so you can take it to that stand and seek his advice - all things are possible - changed all mine like that !
     
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    If you go into the show before someone has helped you get one off & you have a phone with a camera, take a picture to show the standholder. There's a pretty good chance that will be enough for them to tell you what you need.

    As Dave said, there will be one, probably at least two standholders who specialise in replacement LED lamps. Have a look at the exhibitors list in the show guide when you arrive.

    The advantage of buying at the show is that you can get one, go & fit it to check it's right, then go back & get the rest. Did mine at Malvern, but I'm struggling to remember the name the one I used trades under. I know the name that shows up on your credit card statement is different, which caused me some initial confusion when the card statement arrived!
     
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    We had all changed from fluorescent tubes, I took all the tubes out sent them to someone who took all the workings ou, he said that they need new switches. I believe you can just buy replacement led tubes that fit directly in place of the old tubes without replacing the switches now. More expensive though, we paid £7.99 each fitment, one led strip per fitment instead of the 2 tubes.
    Free return postage, I paid postage to send it to him which I thought was fair enough.
     
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    I replaced all my interior lights in our RV, 20 of them, with led panels. These come different sizes, with a choice of bulb fittings to connect them, but I had to use a chocolate block to connect many of them to the fittings wiring. The panel just sticks in then with a sticky pad. Total cost from China, via ebay....£21. Original wattage with all lights on around 500w, and with LEDs, under 50w. Exterior lights were a bit harder to source, and were mainly bulb replacements. Of the 21 required most were the tiny capless ones, and some were complete replacements, like front below bumper sidelights, and number plate light. Total cost again from ebay, £29. Only the headlights now arent LED. Main drawback with them is delivery time from china, which can be up to three weeks.
     
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    We have just replaced all our lights for LED's, about 15 in tital, cost £100, but in the long run will save on our battery.
    The company we used was Aton lighting from melton Mowbray, they are going to be at Lincolnshire show, they are very helpful, dad & son
     
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    good luck bruce
     
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    The fluorescent tubes in Crown fittings can't just be replaced by plug-in bulbs but it is easy to convert them - a fairly simple job of cutting the wire between the switch and inverter and wiring in the new LED and its socket.

    The alternative is to replace the fitting, expensive but I did it on our current van as the old ones were looking tired.

    A Dave says, as you are going to the show ask the stallholders.
     
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    Just one word of warning.If you get some off EBay be careful.I did this ended up taking them all out.two got so hot they melted.out of the 12 I bought ten overheated.
     
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    I used this guy. Found him at a show and he was trading along with his dad :)

    They were really helpful and I ended up changing all mine, except the reading lights above the bed as the LED's were too bight for that :snooze:

    Made such a difference to the light and a huge reduction in power consumption. Met them again at the Romsey show and had a great chat with them about converting my friends older Autotrail 2000 model 634U Cheyenne. He's just spot on with advice (y)

    Would also avoid the fleabay ones from China!! :)
    http://www.ledbulbs4u.co.uk

    Also lots of info on YouTube too :)
     
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    I also bought almost all mine from ^^^^^^^.

    No problem with any but one.......one of the wire pins broke off but easily re-soldered.
     
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    Yes ^^^^^^^^ me too. Couldn't remember the name when I posted before.
     
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    Led bulbs for you normally at the shows I bought & converted mine @ the Newark show

    Easy Job & if your @ Lincoln you can come & look & see how its done
     
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