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Old 11-30-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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Need some info. I don't have a shop, don't know much about electrical, and less than that about replacing interior lights. On my UHaul I have the original light fixtures, one above closet and the other above the sink. They are florescent 8 watt little tube lights. There is something in the range hood but I havent even looked at it. What kind of LED lights can I replace the tubes with and hopefully I just plug them in to where the tube would go. Help and info gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Patti
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once you determine the type of bulbs you need, size,type of base go to here
LED Lights, Bulbs & Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS and look for your replacements. Their technical support is great if you are not sure.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:34 PM   #3
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Hi Patti. Lots of good posts on this one. My suggestion is to try using the search feature. I bought my LEDs from Superbright. Some folks have had good luck with eBay aswell. As far as the florescent tubes, you will need to replace the whole fixture. An RV store will stock those. Raz
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Need some info. I don't have a shop, don't know much about electrical, and less than that about replacing interior lights. On my UHaul I have the original light fixtures, one above closet and the other above the sink. They are florescent 8 watt little tube lights. There is something in the range hood but I havent even looked at it. What kind of LED lights can I replace the tubes with and hopefully I just plug them in to where the tube would go. Help and info gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Patti
I just went through the same process for my Bigfoot. Found it was cheaper and easier to just replace the whole fixture with these new Kaper 11 LED units. They give off a nice white light and are quite stylish. They come with double or single Leds and are on sale right now. One unit even has a nice blue night light built in. Simple 2 wire hook up.

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Just now checking the Panther web site, I see they have added the same style light with warm white [3500K] LEDs, so you have a choice for color temperature. Best to phone them and place an order.....very helpful.
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The range hood swap may take some research. I used this LED set up from China. Bright white light and comes with various plug in adapters. Has double sided tape for attaching to fixture. Cheap and works well.

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Thanks Jim, Raz & Don,
I was hoping not to have to replace the fixtures or re-wire anything, just wanted to change like a household lightbulb, without having to pay rv store 80-95$$ per hour to make a change. I'm still hoping there is something I can do myself. I will call Panther tomorrow and talk to them. Thanks guys!
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Thanks Jim, Raz & Don,
I was hoping not to have to replace the fixtures or re-wire anything, just wanted to change like a household lightbulb, without having to pay rv store 80-95$$ per hour to make a change. I'm still hoping there is something I can do myself. I will call Panther tomorrow and talk to them. Thanks guys!
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If you want to change them because you want to save power, I would just like to point out that fluorescent and LED are similar in efficiency.

If it's a quality of light issue, I can't argue with you. I did however just install a florescent over my stove. The LED's I am still researching. I want them to replace the low efficiency brake lights that are everywhere else.
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Dave,
Not a quality of light issue at all, I really don't have the interior lights on very much at all. I use a battery powered lantern for the short times spent in the trailer. I was thinking there might be a small power savings but like your point about florescents also being efficient. Brake lights are another issue since I'm sure you have read how bad the Uhaul taillight lenses can be--mine are no better and I'm even hesitant to try to remove them, the rubber seal is already in sad shape. Wish there was someone local that had an egg to talk with and show me stuff about my trailer. I will continue my quest for that.

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Assuming boondocking is your main mode of camping, then LED's are among the first on the list to do. Google is your friend - remove and ID the lamps in question and search the term with "led". Same with eBay; I bought several bulbs cheap from China that way and am happy with them.

For trailer brake lenses there are several inexpensive light abrasive glaze removal products available in auto parts stores that will help "shine the light" and brighten up the brake lights. LED's are not needed there since the tow vehicles alternator supplies the juice. If however you want brake LED's buy the red ones since white LED's will change the color to pink.
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I thought LED's saved on the battery over fluorescent
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I think LED's do save more on battery but you get much more light with a fluorescent, so maybe per lumen they are eqivalent.
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I thought LED's saved on the battery over fluorescent
I have both, well Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lights, and LEDs.
CCFL 2 12" bulbs together draw 0.5 amps. Enough light to light the kitchen area in my 13' as do most things, not quite enough for reading at the dinette.
LED lights - replacement bulbs in 3 fixtures, 2 additional fixtures over the dinette/bed. Less than 0.2 Amps per fixture.
Original incandescent lights - 1.5amp each.

Right now with all lights on including the porch light I draw about the same amount as with a single original incandescent light.

Watch for the next generation of household lighting, it will LED. Some are available, but the cost is still high, that will change in time.
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If you want to change them because you want to save power, I would just like to point out that fluorescent and LED are similar in efficiency.
I always thought that LED was significantly more efficient than fluorescent and the web sites below seem to say that LEDs use 1/2 to 1/5th the amount of power to produce the same amount of light.

In the paragraph on energy consumption, this web site says LED's are about 5 times more efficient than fluorescent.

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In the first paragraph on this web site it says that LED's are 2-3 times more efficient than fluorescent. In a later paragraph it also points out that fluorescent uses an iron core transformer that reduces efficiency even more. They also have some tube type LEDs that they call LED fluorescent, but they use a different power source so they can not be used in existing fluorescent fixture.

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I always thought that LED was significantly more efficient than fluorescent and the web sites below seem to say that LEDs use 1/2 to 1/5th the amount of power to produce the same amount of light.

In the paragraph on energy consumption, this web site says LED's are about 5 times more efficient than fluorescent.

LED Vs. Fluorescent Lighting | eHow.com


In the first paragraph on this web site it says that LED's are 2-3 times more efficient than fluorescent. In a later paragraph it also points out that fluorescent uses an iron core transformer that reduces efficiency even more. They also have some tube type LEDs that they call LED fluorescent, but they use a different power source so they can not be used in existing fluorescent fixture.

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What LED fluorescent bulbs are referring to is replacement bulbs for fluorescent lights.
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