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Old 11-04-2002, 11:51 AM   #15
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But, I'd still like to know, Michael, if you're planning to power your LEDs off the AC or the DC?
I plan to use 12v. which will work either way - plugged in or not. LEDs only require 3.6 volts so you need to step it down anyway.

I'm hoping to set up two systems.
*****1.**LED room lights for just sitting around playing games.
*****2.**Very bright white light for reading.

The advantage of LED is that they use so little electricity, that when you are boondocking you don't run down your battery. LEDs will last for 100,000 hours. They can take bouncing around. They are techy, OK I like that one the most.

I want to be able to go any way I want. Full RV power or 12 volt solar. Just part of my way of wanting to do it all. I like combat camping in the right situation and I like 4 wheel drive desert boon docking and everything in the middle.

When I was a Scout Master, my troop went back packing, sailing squared rig ships through the channel islands, conoeing 50 miles down the Kalamath river, tail gate mountain man camping with Tipis, straight up ďBoy ScoutĒ little tents, sand dune camping, ultra Lite camping - tracking coyotes (everything you need for a weekend in a 5 lb pack) just to name a few.

LEDs are not for everyone. They are pricey.

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Old 11-04-2002, 02:08 PM   #16
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Michael-Consider using blue LEDs. As we age, apparently our eyes respond better to blue tint than pure white esp for reading, which is prolly why those darned blue headlights are so blinding despite claims that they are not measurably brighter than the white one...

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Old 11-04-2002, 02:11 PM   #17
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Interesting. I think blue is cheaper too.
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Old 11-04-2002, 02:31 PM   #18
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Michael:

Here's one for ya:

http://www.theledlight.com/led-fixtures.html

and after considering candlepower, lumens, watts etc.:

'White' or 'blue'??.......... for a good reading light look into the color temperature or 'kelvin' rating (if available). Mabe this is getting too picky, but it makes a difference to folks with 'marginal' eyesight.

Me, I can't read, just look at the pictures anyway.:wave
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Old 11-04-2002, 02:47 PM   #19
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White LEDs are 5000k.

I've been to that website Don. That is a good site. More money then I want to spend though.
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Old 11-04-2002, 02:53 PM   #20
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Either way, I agree, at least in the Casita, you turn on a bunch of the lights we have now, and it's glaring.
The #1141 bulbs in the Casita fixtures can be switched out for lower wattage bulbs. I don't have any numbers handy, but was looking em over at wal-mart yesterday. A bulb with the same base thats marked 'dome light' or 'license light' will fit, not so glaring. :spin
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Old 11-04-2002, 08:34 PM   #21
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Duck hostage

I seem to use duct tape alot on everything (notice door window on trailer). I even have the furnace hole duct tape shut. I keep a roll of duct tape in my truck because you never know what might need to be secured.:o
The duck was teasing the children (dogs) and needed to be punished plus bath time is quickly approaching.:wub
Rubber duckey your the one.....
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:27 PM   #22
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Steve:

If you've heard about duck-tape on PBS (Garrison Keilors Prairie Home Companion), you probably have a kuart of ketchup in the fridge also :) ?!
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Old 11-12-2002, 11:10 AM   #23
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:wave Hi Michael
a website: www.ledmarketplace.com ... go to "business directory" for a list of suppliers.
see you Saturday? cheers
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Possible source for these little lights

Hi All,
Just got back from Fla., 2 weeks in the sun. Very nice!
I didn't take the Burro but stayed at the mother-in-laws place.
After the first two days I wish I had brought the Burro down!!!!
Next time I will for sure.

Anyway, while cruising there and back I noticed that a lot of trailers and cars now have LED tail/stop lights. Also most cars/vans now have LED center stoplights.
Soooo, I'm thinking a junkyard would be the place to look for some of these. Just cut the pc boards they are mounted on and shape it anyway you want, solder up some wires to reconnect and you have
High intensity LED lights.
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Old 01-06-2003, 07:27 AM   #25
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Here's a courtesy light for $17 with 4 white LEDs. I don't know if it's bright enough to read by, but at the price I'm inclined to try one.

Courtesy light at westmarine.com

They also carry, but I can't seem to find a link at the moment, a 6 or 7 led "bulb" that plugs into an 1141 single bayonet socket. It's about $44! That's a little over my "piddle away" budget so I'm
wondering if anyone has tried it?

From what I've read, LEDs tend to be more focused, that is, most of it's light comes out the top of the LED rather than being omnidirectional like an incandescent bulb. The bayonet socket LED has it's LEDs more or less pointed axially so I'm curious if enough light gets reflected into the living area.
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Pete J ... welcome back! We missed you!

Steve ... thanks for the tip on the West Marine Lights. LED's are more directional than conventional bulbs. Replacement LED bulbs for ceiling or under cabinet fixtures would have to have right-angle-mounted LEDs ... such a set-up is hard to find!

Webmaster Mikey ... how are you coming on your invention?

Morgan, still waiting for you to make me something (out of LEDs)

Petey D ... if you asked Pam's opinion ... she beg all of you to make me "grow up."

Ah, suffer the children.
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How can I help you "grow up" if I can't seem to do it (or even *want* to do it) myownself? I am 59 1/2, going on 12...

The LEDs are indeed quite focused, and most of the brake and lamp fixtures have the bulb pointing the wrong way. I bought some red 1157 LED replacement bulbs at a Canadian WallyMart (about $13 CDN) and tried them in both my truck and trailer tail light fixtures, but they weren't bright enuf.

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Webmaster Mikey ... how are you coming on your invention?
Charles, I just got back for my two week vacation as you know. While I was gone, Morgan and I got together and compared notes on several issues. We both bought a 9 LED courtesy lamp. I was bitterly dissapointed and Morgan liked it less.

I took mine apart and over clocked it to see how much light I could get out of it. I figured, who needs 100,000 hours. If I ramp it way up maybe Iíll only get 20,000 hours (but good hours). So I sucked the solder off the circuit board and replaced the resisters with lower resistance. I got about twice as much light and still donít like it.

I have a 7 LED flash light that blows your socks off. I had hoped the 9 LED courtesy lamp would be equal.

I have another project that is in testing now that will have the light output and be within the right price range. We are importing Super Bright White LEDs directly from China. More to come on this. I should have a prototype later this month. I gave Morgan a 12 volt Halogen version. The nice thing about LEDs is you can dim them down or dial them up to full brightness. Romantic - Reading; Reading - Romantic.
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