Lights

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  1. Blossom60

    Blossom60 Funster

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    Hi all,:Smile:
    Thinking of changing interior lights to LEDs. I have heard that covered bulbs are more powerful than SMD bulbs, cannot find anything on this, does anyone have any info????
    Thanks
    Gina
     
  2. normanandsue

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    Have seen several threads about changing lights for LED and I find myself asking why change?
    I have flourescant lamps and those individual spots (don't know what they are called) that everyone says use a lot of battery.
    Now I use my motorhome mostly in the summer, it is light and airy and so I don't switch lights on very often, perhaps an hour at bedtime to read a book and have never felt they have overused the battery power.

    So I ask is the expense and trouble of changing really worth it? If you feel it is then by all means change but if they are not causing you a problem why change?
    I am a firm believer "if it ain't broke fdon't fix it?"

    Norman
     
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  3. aba

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    all depends on how and when you use your motorhome.
    if you use it all year as really you should ( no point having all that money just sitting there doing nothing ) then yes change from halogen to LED.
    our van had a normal filament rope light over the lockers which used to use around 14-16 amps when turned on i replaced this with LED strip light ( stuff you get on a roll ) and now it uses around 3-4 amps so thats more than 10 amps more per hour in the batteries.
    i also changed the halogen down lights to LED again saving more battery power.

    this of course isn't a problem if you go from site to site and always have mains hook up.
    if you go for the odd week wilding it just stay a night then move on and so on without mains then it helps a lot because the less you take out the quicker you can get it back in so in normans case if he had all his lights on for 2 hours he could need to drive for 4 to get the same power back into the battery however if he had changed to LED it would only take just over an hour to put back what was used.
     
  4. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    i too had fluorescent lamps...twin tube ones.

    each lamp (2 x tube) was 22watts or a current drain of 2amps

    now each lamp (2 x led strip) is 36watts equivalent light output with a drain of just 1/3rd amps.

    any power saving is good saving. :thumb:
     
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  5. motorhomelover

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    I got some great LED lights from the lincoln show last year
    really good bright light and low amps too boot :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  6. scotjimland

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    I'm not a fan of LEDs .. too cold for my liking .. fitted some at home to replace small halogen spots. They do save a fortune as we never use them now.. :Doh:

    I can see the benefit if you are an all year off grid camper and don't use a genny.... otherwise not.
     
  7. Blossom60

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    Hi People,
    Thanks for replies....... have only 8 small spotlights ( Burstner not very light friendly!!) We are not always on site/EHU, and go fair distances any time of year so want to conserve power.

    Gina
     
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    I would change the ones that you use most frequently .. see how you like them first...
     
  9. Reallyretired

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    They do come in bright white and warm white. The bright light is like a flourescent, the warm white more like a filament bulb. Bright ones are good for the kitchen & washroom, warm for bedroom/lounge areas.
     
  10. hilldweller

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    Look here for ideas, then shop around if you want cheaper.....

    www.ultraleds.co.uk

    You will reduce you current drain by about 90%. "Warm White" is a close match to old incandescent bulbs. "Cool White" is brighter. LEDs that say 8V..24V are more efficient then ones that say 12V.
     
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    Changed all mine some time ago - no regrets. Good light and huge power saving. Try Lustrumlight

    Jack
     
  12. stcyr

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    We are replacing all our 10w halogen power-eaters with these. The ones we've installed so far are brilliant (sorry, that wasn't intentional).

    1st attempt at attaching a pic so just in case it fails: ebay no.: 120838694072

    We have 2 of the 20 led warm whites which is more than ample, we usually only have one lit unless indulging in some particularly intricate activity... :Eek!:..
    Just ordered 3 more - one to go over rear kitchen and two in the vertical housings either side of the shower-room mirror. They can be mounted vertically or horizontally and can be swivelled in their brackets which allows you to adjust the mood/brightness, like a dimmer switch would. They are very unobtrusive, fit in with all décors or can be mounted out of sight under shelves etc. They have a switch built-in one end (or you can put a switch in the wiring). I found small microswitches in B&Q which have 6" plastic bead tails to activate them - we have one fitted inside the door so can switch both hab.lights on when entering. 1 hole a touch over 1mm dia., poke the string through, very subtle :Smile:
     
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    As I suspected the little red cross thingy doesn't seem to have worked :Sad:
    (but there's a pic in my album)
     
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    I have these in warm white, and they are excellent - recommended
     
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