Originally Posted by Randy Bishop
I've just bought a spot on a small creek to camp..Put up some lights to run off the generator
..But since have thought about 12volt LED Lighting
..What is everybody's opion about LED lights
a small camp ground off 12 volts...I would like to stay with the type that screws in a 110 socket..That way I could use the aluminum shrouds your can purchase at Lowes or any hardware store...How can you determine the draw on each bulb to see what would work the best to save the battery life...
Randy I think the main issue with your idea will be the way most LED bulbs throw light in the first place?
Unlike standard incandescent bulbs which have an omnidirectional throw most LEDs seem to be more directional in throw making a reflector based fixture sort of pointless.
There are reflector based LEDs which would likely work better for your needs.
Finding them in 12vdc may be a tougher job too.
I am using LED rope lights inside my Casita
and I have to say they are working better than I ever thought they could. They provide an even light with no dead spots because they are many tiny bulbs distributed every couple of inches around the entire perimeter of the roofline inside the trailer.
It sounds like you want to light the outside? So that may not work and finding them in 12vdc may be hard too.
Another idea is something like this:
Photographic Camera Camcorder 160 LEDs Light Video Lamp | eBay
I have 2 of them and bought them for shooting video but I did think of using them in Florida at the Scamp
Camp to light outside during night time events we did this year and they worked great! They were under a carport and mounted to the rails aiming up to bounce off the carport roof.
They wun on a variety of battery types and voltages and would be easy to run on 12vdc too.
They are brighter than a Million Suns (give or take a few Suns) and the ones I have also have dimming controls on them.
They also come in a wide variety of LED counts so you could get less or more brightness for less or more money.
Just some ideas.