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Old 02-25-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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LED Light Replacement Question.

I recently bough all new LED bulbs (flat panel). They cell with a 2 sided tape to attach them to the base of the light. The LED lights got hot enough that they reduced the effectiveness of the strip of 2 sided tape. I replaced 10 lights in total and 7 of them have fallen because of tape failure. For the time being, I have replaced the old bulbs back until I can find a more permanent solution.

Is it better to go back with some better/stronger 2 sided tape, or maybe get a small tube of silicone caulk.

Surely I can't be the only one. To have this issue.

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Old 02-25-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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I too replaced my bulbs last year with LED's but mine give off little to no heat. I did find that two or three did fall off but I think that was due to me not cleaning the surface that the tape was sticking too. So I just put a drop off silicone sealant on the tape itself (used an alcohol wipe to clean the surface first though) and stuck them back on. They have held up so far but we will see if any let go after the winter deep freeze. Ryan
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:22 PM   #3
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I think we have the same panels (48SMD)....my double-sided tape was marked 3M Brand....after a full year, not a single failure. Same thing with my 3M Comand Hooks in my TT....I've had (3) installed for (2) years without a failure. (1) Command Hook has been holding a metal shower caddy on textured panel board.

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When using 3M tape I clean the area with alcohol and dry it - then apply pressure to the bonding parts for at least 30 seconds.
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2X for cleaning with alcohol. I installed the flat panel kind in our old X23B and had one (out of a dozen or so) let go. Pushed it back in place and it lasted another year - then we sold the TT.
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BTW...Use DENATURED Alcohol....not Rubbing Alcohol. Rubbing Alcohol has mineral oil as an ingredient.
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:48 PM   #6
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These are all great tips.

I also seem to recall that even though the tape on the panels says "3m", it was a lower quality tape or not actually 3m brand. I've heard that people who had this problem went and bought "real" 3m 2-sided tape to replace the stuff that came with the light and that solved the problem.

I'm going to install some of these panels in my rig, just have to wait for the "opportune" time to buy them under DW's watchful eye.
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I'm going to install some of these panels in my rig, just have to wait for the "opportune" time to buy them under DW's watchful eye.
lol...I know the feeling! My DW didn't see the need to buy LEDs...but it was easier to ask for forgivness than permission.
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lol...I know the feeling! My DW didn't see the need to buy LEDs...but it was easier to ask for forgivness than permission.
LOL! Last time LEDs showed up in my mail box, DW said "NO MORE LEDs! You've gone to the LED crazy!" That was my last grant of forgiveness for a while...

Can't really blame her though. Even if it's not a lot of money, I've been through 4 iterations of different bulbs and I'm still not totally satisfied with what I have!
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I get away with it by explaining how long they will last and how much less HEAT they will introduce into the TT
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I get away with it by explaining how long they will last and how much less HEAT they will introduce into the TT
Yup, been there, done that, she doesn't care any more!
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