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Old 09-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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LED replacement lights

In the past two years, I have had to replace more than half of my halogen ceiling lamps inside my Eagle. The GY6.35 bulbs were blowing out at a rate of one every 3 months; so, I finally bit-the-bullet and ordered 14 LED lamps to replace the halogens. I opted for the "warm white" effect. Initially, I ordered two @ $14.95 and paid an additional $3.90 for shipping. Although the web-store I purchased thru provided dimensions/specifications for the LED lamp I was purchasing, I figured I would just get two at first to make sure they fit with my OEM glass ceiling fixtures. Well the first two arrived today; and they fit and light just like the halogens. The immediate difference I noticed, is the lack of heat that the LED emits. As most of you know, halogens cast off enough heat to badly hurt you if you touch a bulb while lit (or even after a few minutes once it is off - they retain enough heat to fry an egg it seems). So, after successfully installing the first batch of LEDs, I just ordered 12 more to complete the switch-over. Since I spent more than $99.00 on this second order, I received free shipping. The overall cost will be saved in longevity and energy consumption. I highly recommend this "modification"...
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Where did you purchase your LEDs?

I have a couple of the ebay LED arrays that come from China...they are very inexpensive but I am not 100% satisfied so looking at other options.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #3
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http://www.lalightingstore.com/prole...led-12v-ac-dc/
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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You never go wrong with LED's (as long as they are not the purple whites)

Just as an FYI to those that have halogen bulbs still... never ever touch them with your fingers. It will cause the bulb to blow within months... wear a clean cloth glove or use a clean tissue.
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Old 10-08-2012, 01:28 AM   #5
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Swapped all my lights out for ebay leds and am very happy, when i first got them i thought they were pretty cheaply made but they work great and were a sixth of the cost of local dealers.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:00 AM   #6
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I guess I'm either lucky or I just don't use my ceiling lights that much because I have had to replace only one in a little over 2 years of full timing.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:36 AM   #7
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I replaced all the interior lights on our 31.5RLTS with the 36 led panels from Ebay at about $4.45 each with no freight. They came from China but they work great. They are warm white and give off light that is like that of the incandescent bulbs they replace.

These are the lights I used. And I see that now the price has dropped another $.45 cents, great bargan.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10pcs-12V-Do...X:eRTM:US:1123

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We replaced all of our lights with LEDs bought from eBay. Now we look like a rolling hospital. It's supposed to be warm white but I call it hospital white.

1/2 the bulbs failed within a month. A couple I had to adjust and I have no clue what was being adjusted. I just kept moving the wires around. They look like Christmas lights with the two thin wires and I messed with those until they worked.

We almost exclusively dry camp but DH built us a solar power battery re-charger so my hope is that we can go back to the original bulbs. The LEDs make us all look like vampires. But they were the difference between losing the battery by Sunday and having battery to spare by Sunday. Now we pull our boat battery as a spare until our solar is up and running.

Having LEDs saves tons on energy. DH thinks the trade off is worth it. I'm sure I do to. I'll just have to adjust my makeup.

We pay about $3 per light with the 24 or 36 diodes. It's worth it even if a few don't work.

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Old 10-08-2012, 12:26 PM   #9
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One of the issues with Halogen and Xenon bulbs they are VERY temperamental to the voltage and vibrations. My parent’s house suffers voltage drops almost daily, and they could not keep from burning out halogen or xenon bulbs. Finally out of frustration they installed LEDs in there under cabinet lighting and have never looked back.

I have installed led’s in my TT like Panhead. I paid about half that amount. If you take your time on ebay you can find some really good deals on LEDS, you just have to wait for them to come from Hong Kong.
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I replaced all of the halogen lights in my motorhome with LEDS from eBay. I suggest that you order a few different ones that you think will work first and try them out. The colors vary between sellers and warm white to one seller may not be the same as warm white to another. I ordered a few different LEDS and found ones that work for me. They are not as bright as the 20 watt halogen bulbs but are plenty bright. They are also much cooler, I measured the temperature on the glass light fixture at over 190 degrees on my lights before I installed the LEDS, now it's about 10 degrees above the room temp.
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