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Old 10-16-2014, 11:22 AM   #15
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Tony,

We've replaced all lights including the florescent with LED lighting. We like the higher contrast (non-yellow light of LEDS and their dramatically less current draw).

We have added two lights over the dinette/bed attaching them to the bottom of the over head cabinet, our most common sitting position.

We also have added a tilt-able LED strip over the stove/counter.

Each end of the couch has an LED spot light. One of these LED spots is attached to the Screen door frame. The other is attached to an over the couch cabinet.

I tapped into existing lighting's wiring to pick up 12 volts for these new LEDs. The wiring for the existing lighting can easily meet the current requirements of the LEDs.
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Old 10-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #16
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Tony,

We've replaced all lights including the florescent with LED lighting. We like the higher contrast (non-yellow light of LEDS and their dramatically less current draw).

We have added two lights over the dinette/bed attaching them to the bottom of the over head cabinet, our most common sitting position.

We also have added a tilt-able LED strip over the stove/counter.

Each end of the couch has an LED spot light. One of these LED spots is attached to the Screen door frame. The other is attached to an over the couch cabinet.

I tapped into existing lighting's wiring to pick up 12 volts for these new LEDs. The wiring for the existing lighting can easily meet the current requirements of the LEDs.
Norm,
Have you tried any of the LED lights on a dimmer? I was thinking that they might make an excellent night light. Any thoughts or suggestions?
thanks
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:17 PM   #17
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Thanks for the advice, guys! We have a '80s Scamp that had been completely gutted...all the way to the bare walls (See my thread in the Mods section entitled "Restoring the Haunted Mansion"). I am trying to get an idea how many and what kind of lights to plan for.... Definitely going with the 12v LED option. Since we are building from the bare walls, we have the option to do whatever we want...Just wasn't to make sure we have enough light!

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Old 10-16-2014, 05:16 PM   #18
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...Just wasn't to make sure we have enough light!
In the end that really depends on how you plan to use the trailer. For us it's more a hard-sided tent: a place to sleep at night, nap during the day, store and change clothes. We cook and eat outside, and spend most of the day doing "outside" stuff. Evenings are for campfires, right up to bedtime. So for us the minimal factory lighting is perfectly adequate. But if you will be cooking inside, you'll probably want more lighting in the kitchen work area. If you plan to stay up reading inside the trailer, you'll want to plan some adjustable high-output lights. If you will be touring for extended periods, or using the trailer much in inclement weather, you'll want more and flexible lighting.

Best to put in all the wiring now, while the walls are bare, even if you don't immediately plan to install a fixture. It's harder to add wires later, after the walls are covered.

One more recommendation (which I don't think has been mentioned yet; forgive me if I missed it)… you might consider adding a second set of taillights above the belly band and converting both sets to LEDs. Now's the time to do it because the wires run inside. The stock taillights are weak, and can be obscured if you put anything on the back of the trailer or if a tall vehicle is following too closely. There have been several recent reports of trailers being rear-ended, and the results aren't pretty!
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:23 PM   #19
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Norm,
Have you tried any of the LED lights on a dimmer? I was thinking that they might make an excellent night light. Any thoughts or suggestions?
thanks


Our trailer has a number of small LEDs that are on all the time.... the Wi-Fi hotspot, the Sat receiver but most of all we use our Smartphone.

We use Ginny's smartphone as a night/alarm clock. It works very well...you can set the color and the intensity plus see the time.

At the same time the smartphone is being charged.
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