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Old 05-05-2016, 06:04 PM   #15
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Here's a couple pics of the new bulb and package. They appear the same width as glass ones albeit must be thicker. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-05-2016, 06:19 PM   #16
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I went online to read reviews and most spoke of these 921 replacements being hellish tight to get in. One dude said he shaved the sides of the plastic on the wedgebase to get lamp to fit in. What was your experience? Don't wanna force it in and breaklamp housing

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I used the brute force method.. shaving it down sounds like a reasonable idea.
Try the most repairable fixture first.. few, if any, of the interior ones would be hard to replace. Most would be easy to replace for well under $20.
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How hard were yours to get in vs. The old glass ones? With those it's just a tug and pull. And what would I shave it with? A box cutter xacto type knife?

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And what would I shave it with? A box cutter xacto type knife?..
Sounds good.. or shave it with a (wait for it...) razor blade.
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Most of the plastic fittings on the LEDs I installed were also very tight. I clipped a bit of plastic from the sides with wire cutters. Took pliers and squished the whole fitting a bit. Using a Dremel with stone or sandpaper works, too. Make sure you don't damage the two wire contacts and make sure they are back in their appropriate slot before trying to plug it in.
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Thank you all so much. I will try these suggestions as soon as I get time to get back in the trailer and work. So grateful to you all!! Now I have a bit of confidence to try

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How hard were yours to get in vs. The old glass ones? With those it's just a tug and pull. And what would I shave it with? A box cutter xacto type knife?

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I would just use an emery board to file the plastic down a bit.
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Hi Dave,

After reading through all of the suggestions, yes indeed I was going to try a very fine sandpaper first so I am less likely to damage the lamp. An every board will be perfect! Then the other suggestion I'll try is squeezing end together a bit with pliers. But first, sanding!

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Hi Wendy, When I was replacing mine, the polarity was a problem on one fixture. From your pictures, showing that the "bulbs" are AC/DC, it is clear that fixture polarity does not matter. One less concern for you.
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Oh good. That is great to hear Paul! Last post I typed emery board. I see it didn't come out that way. I'm sorry; darn spell check!

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Success! I sanded the plastic edges of the base a little with an emery board then squeezed the ends together a few times with pliers. The lights went in perfectly! They are cooler in color than incandescent but I think I like them. Won't be able to tell for sure till I'm out in my element camping. But so far I likes and I owe all my success to you all who posted here to help me. Thank you so much for your generous help!

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Yes the color / temperature /harshness of the light might be less than ideal, but you will love the fact that they hardly make a dent in your battery charge. Well done.
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Thank you Gordon. You're a great cheering section! How long are these leds supposed to last? Should I order another set as backups? They were pricey, about 70 for all. To save $ I could bring along 1 bulb of the incandescent mini wedge and bayonet base in case of emergency while camping.

My favorite bulb is the Amber porch light! Oh yeah I did put a little dielectric grease on the end of that one to help a bit with corrosion resistance and easier removal.

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... How long are these leds supposed to last? Should I order another set as backups? ...

My favorite bulb is the Amber porch light! ..
Well I am 58 and I expect that LED bulbs will either outlive me, or at least the time that I own the Scamp before old age forces me to sell it. But they are so small and light a few back-ups are in my kit. They are more likely to be given to some poor bloke with incandescent bulbs that failed.

My fav is a 30 lumen bulb with amber light between the rear and side upper cabinets (you might not have this fixture). Its a perfect soft light for watching TV or unwinding with a little music before turning in.
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