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Old 01-11-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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LED Replacement Bulbs

Hey there experts! I want to swap out my existing bulbs for LED's .
I live in Canada , is it possible to purchase these at ; let's say Crappy Tire, or the local auto supplier? I am sure they will want some kind of product #.
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #2
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I purchased LEDs for our Scamp on line at Amazon about 3 years ago. I imagine they've improved since then and dropped in price.

As an example this month I purchased 110 VAC replacement LED bulbs for our Florida home. They were about $7 apiece and came in two colors white and yellow (traditional incandescent color). I prefer the white for reading and the yellow for general lighting. Typically they draw about a 1/10th of the current.

Here's an example of the typical RV LED. I find it interesting that they are more expensive then replacements for traditional home incandescent bulbs.

http://www.amazon.com/GRV-Ba15s-Brig...4ZP6V046XKPPH7
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Old 01-11-2015, 08:54 PM   #3
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Hey there experts! I want to swap out my existing bulbs for LED's .
I live in Canada , is it possible to purchase these at ; let's say Crappy Tire, or the local auto supplier? I am sure they will want some kind of product #.
Bobby
Most of the Auto parts stores as well as Crappy Tire sell them but you will find your paying pretty high $'s for ones that may not be the best.

Use the Search function on this site to fine lots of threads regarding what to buy and not to buy and where from. On the drop down use the bottom box Google for the best returns.

Those of us in Canada tend to buy on line as well from a US Store for the best deal. You can order a few at a time and have them mailed - you do not pay any duty if they value of the lights is under $20. Many of us living close to the border use a border mail service and just drive down and pick up the order when going across for a week-end. Often though folks just drive across to pick up the parcel and return and declare what you picked up and more often than not you are simple waved through. Odds of having to go in and pay duty is actually pretty low.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:55 PM   #4
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I got mine on eBay. They were shipped from China. When you get them be sure and get the 5050 type LED. They are brighter and get a bulb with 18 LEDs.


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Old 01-11-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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It's more important to know what kind of base fits into your fixtures than to know a part number. Most commonly, RV interior light bulbs are a round base like 1156/1157 or a wedge base (T10? I forget exactly). If you pull out one of yours, you can see what kind you have... and who knows, it may even have a number printed on its base.

You can browse some of what's available at http://www.ledtrailerlights.com/ and see pictures of the different bases. You'll note that some sellers, like superbrightleds.com , will go so far as to list the lumens output, the color temperature (cool white or neutral white or warm white, the latter being closest to incandescents in appearance).
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:26 AM   #6
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I'm sure CT does not have them. At a RV store near by charged me $25 for one light.
I would go on line for them. Also I wold suggest getting the 24 led panel with the 1156 plug/insert. Do ot oer gettingthe
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:31 AM   #7
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sorry having problems with my lap top. Do not bother getting the led 1156 round looking bulbs. Half the lights do not shine down.
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Is there instruction as to how to replace? Or is it a rather simple procedure?
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Janice -

1. Remove the plastic lens cover. (Maybe the hardest part?)
2. Identify the bulb type/number. (Interior = 921? Exterior/porch = 1003?)
3. Get replacement LED bulbs. (Check lumens and color temperature .. I prefer about 5000K)
4. Replace bulb (some are polarity sensitive - no light=reverse in socket)
5. Replace lens cover.

See discussion in this thread .....
Replaced Lamps with LED's

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I went the cheaper route on eBay, and bought the Chinese LED's. I spent a fair bit of time checking them all, and thought I was getting something good. It turned out they were not near as good as the existing incandescent. I ended up spending a bunch more money, I think $15 a bulb from https://www.superbrightleds.com/ and am extremely happy with the resulting lights. Brighter than the existing, and WAY brighter than the Chinese ones.

I really should have know better than to cheap out on something that will last the life of the trailer, and provide me with the light we need.
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Ray - Thank you so much! I do believe this will be one of the first things we do when the Trillium comes out of the barn!
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:19 PM   #12
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On Saturday, I was cleaning out the bees from my furnace in the bff, and when it was all put back to gether and cycling I noticed the furnace fan would slow down when just one regular light was on but not with the led. I think its money well spent
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My lesson learned about LED lamps is to be sure to get a voltage regulated LED. If the bulb says its good at 12vDC you’re likely to burn out some of the emitters when your charger ouputs 13+ vDC during charging. If the LED says 10-15 vDC (or wider) you’re good-to-go.

I’ve had good luck with SuperBrightLEDs. The warm white LEDs put out slightly more light than the cool white units per a light meter I put on the side dinette table under the lights (despite what the specs say). The bulb I use is this one: https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/bayonet-bulbs/1156-led-bulb-single-intensity-45-smd-led-tower/526/.

My light fixtures have a reflector so the LED light emissions on the "back" of the bulb get reflected back some. I pay more now to get LEDs that I know work for me rather than experiment with the cheaper ones directly from China. These may come from China too (I don't know where they're made) but they’re branded Philips and hopefully made to a higher specification. But, that's just my philosophy. YMMV.

One spec they don't usually show is RFI noise. These LEDs do have a low amount of interference that I will detect on my shortwave on weak stations. I usually just turn off the over dinette bulb and turn on a bulb farther from the antenna and that deals with it. (The shortwave sits on the dinette table, just under the bulbs.)

There is a brighter bulb just under the one I buy but it's oversized and I haven't checked whether it would fit in my fixtures. And it uses twice the current and I can read just fine with the 220 lumens unit.
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I saw some in WalMart lastnight but I think about $25 for the casing.
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