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neparker 08-20-2013 07:57 PM

LED Lighting made easy
 
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I haven't used these for an extensive period of time in my Boler, but they sure are convenient (stick on), they're bright, and it's easy to change the battery. Bed Bath and Beyond had 3 for $10 US. Lowes had them in black. Don't recall the price. Have found many places to use them in the house as well!

Byron Kinnaman 08-20-2013 08:05 PM

I used something like that for about 2 years. I got tired of changing the batteries. Replaced them LED fixtures that I modified to have two different light levels. They're wired into the house battery.
I also replaced all the incandescent fixture bulbs with LED bulbs.
Current --- 1 incandescent = 1.5 Amps
6 LED fixtures, 2 CCFL tubes = 1.5 Amps.

Peggy 08-20-2013 08:11 PM

Call me clueless, but it doesn't seem like it would be easy to change the batteries in these stick-on lights. Most of them do not thread off, so don't you have to un-stick the fixture's back from the wall to take the back off, and get the batteries out?

neparker 08-20-2013 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Peggy (Post 412244)
Call me clueless, but it doesn't seem like it would be easy to change the batteries in these stick-on lights. Most of them do not thread off, so don't you have to un-stick the fixture's back from the wall to take the back off, and get the batteries out?

They unscrew from the base, so it's easy to change the batteries.

Byron Kinnaman 08-20-2013 08:55 PM

Part of it probably depends on how and how much you camp. We're camping for at least 3 months in the winter. The batteries last about 1 week when the sun sets around 5 to 6 pm. That would be 36 batteries per light and we used two most of the time. That's a total of 72 batteries at a cost of about $40.00+

If only camp in the summer when sun sets late the if run the lights for less than an hour at time and only 10 or less days. It does make a bit of a difference.

So what ever works for you, go for it.

honda03842 08-20-2013 09:06 PM

Newark,
It:s very easy to replace incandescent lamps with LEDs . That is by far the easiest and least expensive way to go.

We began by replacing the lamps we use all the time first and only have the Scamps standard florescent running on AC. Plan to replace that with a strip Led when I find one.

neparker 08-21-2013 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron Kinnaman (Post 412255)
Part of it probably depends on how and how much you camp. We're camping for at least 3 months in the winter. The batteries last about 1 week when the sun sets around 5 to 6 pm. That would be 36 batteries per light and we used two most of the time. That's a total of 72 batteries at a cost of about $40.00+

If only camp in the summer when sun sets late the if run the lights for less than an hour at time and only 10 or less days. It does make a bit of a difference.

So what ever works for you, go for it.

Use sure does matter! For us they're for occasional use and in areas not presently served by wiring. They're advertised as giving "up to" 100 hours on a battery. We shall see... So far they've been quite useful.

Thomas G. 08-21-2013 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by neparker (Post 412422)
Use sure does matter! For us they're for occasional use and in areas not presently served by wiring. They're advertised as giving "up to" 100 hours on a battery. We shall see... So far they've been quite useful.

Dollar Tree sells these for a buck. I stick them in storage compartments and out of the way places to provide a little extra light. I also have them all over the house in closets and pantries, wherever darkness lurks. :bat

Peggy 08-24-2013 10:20 PM

Those Sylvania Dot-it lights are the most commonly sold around Alberta. Adhesive backing, and back held on with 3 tiny screws. So, they would have to be removed from the wall to change the battery. Dumb design? I'm afraid if I used them on the raw 'wood' inside closets, that it would splinter when I had to un-adhere them, to change the battery. But it is hard to find the right bottle of wine, in that dark cabinet behind the bed...

Glenn Baglo 08-24-2013 11:27 PM

It is a stupid design. However, they do have competitors worth checking out.
I've got mine mounted with adhesive back Velcro. Have to position the Velcro so it doesn't cover the screws, but you can pull them off the wall and replace the batteries.

Brandegor 08-25-2013 03:35 AM

I buy all of my batteries for flashlights & LED lanterns, stick-on lights etc. at The Dollar Tree. They usually have Panasonic 4-packs of AA and AAA, and sometimes 8-packs of Sunbeam alkaline. (Unlike other stores with "dollar" in their name, everything at Dollar Tree really is a buck.) The batteries are fine for lighting applications - I wouldn't use them for a camera or anything needing a little more draw. I have also seen LED puck lights there, though I expect the quality of those is a little suspect.

Mary & The RG
'81 Scamp 13
'01 Subaru Outback

Lynn Musgrave 08-25-2013 08:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Brandegor (Post 413348)
I buy all of my batteries for flashlights & LED lanterns, stick-on lights etc. at The Dollar Tree. They usually have Panasonic 4-packs of AA and AAA, and sometimes 8-packs of Sunbeam alkaline. (Unlike other stores with "dollar" in their name, everything at Dollar Tree really is a buck.) The batteries are fine for lighting applications - I wouldn't use them for a camera or anything needing a little more draw. I have also seen LED puck lights there, though I expect the quality of those is a little suspect.

Mary & The RG
'81 Scamp 13
'01 Subaru Outback

We do the same thing ....I have found the the life for them is as good and sometimes better than the regular battery ( Rayovac,Duracell,etc)that I use to buy. I always date mine so that I have an idea of had old they are when I change them. I have the same type lights in cabnets at home & have had Dollar Tree Batteries in them for over a year(AA's) I keep a little LED flashlight by my bed that uses 3AAA,I use it all the time.They also have been in it for the same amount of time.

You should be good with your lights for a long time.


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