Replacement interior bulbs

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  1. Billy23

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    I have heard that it is a good idea to change the "ordinary" interior bulbs in the motorhome with, I think LED ones (Might be wrong as I really don`t understand electric). Could somebody please point me in the right direction as to the type and best buy.(y)(y)(y)
     
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    http://www.atenlighting.co.uk/caravan-motorhome-lighting

    Quality stuff. Fast delivery. Excellent aftersales. (y)

    You should be able to find most of what you want there. Beware of cheap cr*p Chinese ebay led's. They are often polarity sensitive, which could leave the lamp facing the wrong way and often have a limited voltage range and usually a limited life.
     
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    It depends on your existing lights fittings.

    With most of them you will just be able to change the lamps to LED ones but there are quite a few different types so obviously you will need the correct ones.

    There are a few types of fittings where you won't be able to do that and will have to replace the whole thing.

    If you post what fittings you have, or better yet pictures, someone will be able to point you in the right direction.
     
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    Change them all to LEDs there are different grades Warm white etc,also if you take children with you and they touch the bulb led will not burn them,
     
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    just to follow on from what @musson has said, make sure you look at the colour of the light that the LEDs emit. The warm white ones are more like the colour of light that you get from your existing incandescent bulbs. I find the light from the cool white ones a bit too 'clinical' but it's down to personal choice.
     
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    Another vote for this site, we used them to replace our halogen spot bulbs with warm light LEDs.

    And don't necessarily go with the brightest option, the Mrs talked me out of this and we went with the "regular" bulbs instead, it was the right move.
     
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    +1 for alten lighting
     
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    One of the first jobs I did in the Burstner, when we bought it 4 years ago, was to replace all the bulbs with LEDs. The lights we use mainly are four spotlights and two ceiling fittings. Having used Aten products previously I bought LEDs for the spotlights from them. The ceiling fittings were a little "tired" and the most suitable replacements were from Ledbulbs4u.

    For the lesser used fittings I decided to try eBay suppliers (both China and England based) as they were significantly cheaper - the LEDs have worked fine so far but they are less robustly built than those from Aten and Ledbulbs4u.

    EDIT - A decision to be made with LEDs is whether to use Warm White or Cool White - very much personal preference. The easiest place to compare is at a motorhome show where several suppliers will have both on display.
     
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    We have cool white in the toilet/shower room warm white elsewhere,Got the cheep Chinese ones and a few spares 99P 3 years ago ,
     
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    Spot on if you want to live on battery power. An LED "bulb" takes about 10% of normal one. And lasts much longer.
     
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    PS ,Still got all the spares lol.
     
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    Just changed our lights to leds ,what a difference ,should have done it ages ago.
     
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    I found this out when replacing halogen bulbs for led in the roof lamps in my caravan a few years ago. Each lamp had 2x bulbs, I had to turn 1x lamp holder through 180 deg in each of the 5x roof lights due to polarity, so that the lamp was facing the right way. I think all led lamps are polarity sensitive so don't immediately think a new led bulb is u/s if it doesn't illuminate. Try it the other way around, you may just have to unfasten the lamp holder and turn it 180 degrees as I had to. That was with G4 type bulbs.
     
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    Ditto, I still have the spares too, albeit not as many as I had due to replacing a couple of friends lights when their halogen bulbs had popped.
     
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    All those sold by Aten Lighting are not, and will work whichever way round they go in. One reason, I suppose, that they cost a bit more.
     
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    We changed ours few years back, cool & warm light in washroom, cool ones in overhead then warm light in side downlighters, Hymers have a lot of lights!
    They save a lot power, invaluable when on Aires in France!
     
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    All mine are Hong Kong Fuey's top quality chinese tat. Never had a problem with either the bulbs , which the bloke previous to me had changed to, or the interior lights which I changed to the led on boards type varying between 4 & 20 led's on a board.
    Never had a problem with the polarity as the wires are red & black :) Prices are excellent unlike buying them from a car spares shop here or a Bosch,Lucas,Magnetti,Marelli dealer where you need a mortgage. The only alternative is ship them from the UK.
     
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    10x G4 6/9/12/24 SMD LED Warm/Cool White Lamp Home Marine Car Boat Light Bulb DC
    eBay item number:151349749382
    The 9 SMD Warm white are about 24mm diameter plus the legs polarity neutral so fit any way.
    I have fitted around 50 of these to mine and friends vans with no problems.
    £5.49 for 10 not £5.49 each.
    Shipped from the UK

    Chris
     
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    Current and last van have Chinese Leds from ebay, no problems so far, some are polarity sensitive but you just change them round. One thing I did find was some Chinese MR11 bulbs have G5.4 bases instead of our standard G4 whch can be a problem. I have also found some of the 5w5 bulbs a bit iffy which is strange when all the other styles are OK. We also are now about 90% LED at home as well. A friend change his high power security lighting which is tripped many times a night by wildlife to LEDs and his leccy bill fell noticably.

    Of course you can trade the power saved for more light, I have changed one light in the Bongo to a similar powered LED and the interior light is now worth having.
     
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    Thanks very much guys for all the valuable information, I have now ordered the bulbs.(y)
     
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