Hello all! I promised people who attended the LED Lights
workshop that I'd post some notes on things like websites & such, so here we go!
-- These are the guys who sell the very bright 48 LED warm white lighting
panel I demonstrated in my workshop. Just key in "48 LED Warm White" in their search box and it should take you right to the panels.
-- These guys sell the 12v track light
bulbs and plug-in bases I like, as well as the warm-white module I can use for projects I wire up myself.
-- These guys sell a variety of "1156" bulbs that'll fit in most people's trailer light
sockets. They're kinda hit-and-miss in terms of finding "warm" or "cool" white LEDs, but worth keeping an eye on. Look in the "auto" section for warm white bulbs.
-- Often has interesting LED light
bulb offers, but be careful! Make sure the products you buy come from a vendor with a good number of sales and positive feedback, check the shipping costs before buying, and don't buy bulbs that are advertised as just "white" LEDs, always look for LEDs that state their color temperature (4500K and under is good, 3000-3500K is ideal.)
What to look for:
If you're not good at soldering and electronics, stick to "1156" conversion LED bulbs that designed for automotive & RV use. These LEDs are designed wo work with the fluctuating voltages present in most of our trailers.
Look for "SMT" or "Surface Mount Technology" LED products. This type of LED tends to remain brighter than older LED technologies as our battery
voltages drop off.
Pay attention to color temperature: Bulbs with "cool white" color temperatures over 5000K often have a blue cast that isn't a color our eyes work well with. Look for "warm white" bulbs or bulbs with a color temperature between 3000K and 4500K. (Closer to 3000K is better.)
Remember, warm LED SMT technology lights
put out about as much light as a regular light bulb using seven or eight times the power, so a two-watt LED product is almost as bright as a regular light bulb.
I will post more about how to wire your own LEDs later. Right now I am fading and heading off to bed.