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Old 03-27-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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Led lights are too bright and too harsh

We purchased our camper new last year and one thing that has bothered me a lot is how bright and harsh the LED lights are.

This is especially troublesome when you lie down in bed to read and you have this bright thing shining right in your eyes.

In my unit, I can manage it a bit by turning individual lights on/ off with a switch but the problem is pervasive and the best solution is to shut off all the lights except one that is located inside a cabinet.

Obviously my lights are the cheapest you can buy, so I will likely replace them.

I don't really have a question cause I think I know that I want to replace them or add new ones in different locations. Mostly I just wanted to rant!


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Old 03-27-2019, 07:42 PM   #2
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To each his own...

I replaced the old bulbs in mine and put in the brighter, whiter LED bulbs so I could actually see things in the camper.

These guys sell replacement fixtures in different light outputs... check them out

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Some put diffusers in between the lens and the LEDs. Or install some dimmers from Amazon.

"Cheapest possible" has nothing to do with it, imo.
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I buy the warmest LEDs I can buy. 3000K is the highest I will ever get.
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I buy the warmest LEDs I can buy. 3000K is the highest I will ever get.
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:19 AM   #6
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We purchased our camper new last year and one thing that has bothered me a lot is how bright and harsh the LED lights are.

This is especially troublesome when you lie down in bed to read and you have this bright thing shining right in your eyes.

In my unit, I can manage it a bit by turning individual lights on/ off with a switch but the problem is pervasive and the best solution is to shut off all the lights except one that is located inside a cabinet.

Obviously my lights are the cheapest you can buy, so I will likely replace them.

I don't really have a question cause I think I know that I want to replace them or add new ones in different locations. Mostly I just wanted to rant!


Please tell me you removed the diffusers and you're not using the lights that way.

The stock lights are pretty harsh. We use the under cabinet one when cooking, the ceiling ones when cleaning and a soft white lamp from home for relaxing inside.

There was a thread on here, but dont remember where, about someone who had made small shades for the ceiling lights that softened the glare a little.

The only way to really get them warmer is replace with 2700k to 3000k fixtures.
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Old 03-28-2019, 02:33 AM   #7
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I bought two mode LED lamps from Amazon:
AutoEC LED Dome Light, 2 Color Mode 12V LED RV Ceiling Dome Light Fixture, Interior Replacement Light for RV, Trailer, Camper, Motorhome, Boat
2 Mode Fashionable Design --- The Dome Light with on-off-on switch, can change the color from pure white to warm white, give you different feel. Warm white light output provides a cozy illuminated environment just like home.
I have six installed & control the color mode with a wall switch.
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Now Amazon is also selling 3-mode LED lamps:
Leisure LED 2 Pack RV Ceiling Double Dome Light Fixture 3 Color Mode Switch Interior Lighting Car/RV/Trailer/Camper/Boat DC 12V Warm/Natural/Cool White
Leisure LED Multi-Color Double Dome LED Light Fixture has 72, 2835 SMD. 11-18V Super Bright - 3 Mode Switch Warm White 3500K, Natural White 4500K, Cool White 6500K (36 SMD, per panel, one panel each dome)
Innovative Tri-Color Changeable Lamp. Choose and change the mood with the flip of a switch! Switch on, it is Warm White, Switch on and off again, it is bright Cool White, switch again and it is Natural (Neutral) White, switch off again and it is OFF. Warm White gives the space a homey atmosphere. Natural White is closest to day light. Cool White is for the High Tech Office look, with an Intense White Light.
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I can deal with the brighter light, but I wish FR would listen and stay away from using "BLUE" accent lighting under the awning and inside the TT. I'm going to tear into mine and see if these are RBG LED strips and see if I can reconfigure the wires to a different color.
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My camper always seems dark so I have been searching and buying the brightest LED I can find. I need a few of those round ones like you posted pictures of.
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I bought two mode LED lamps from Amazon:
AutoEC LED Dome Light, 2 Color Mode 12V LED RV Ceiling Dome Light Fixture, Interior Replacement Light for RV, Trailer, Camper, Motorhome, Boat
2 Mode Fashionable Design --- The Dome Light with on-off-on switch, can change the color from pure white to warm white, give you different feel. Warm white light output provides a cozy illuminated environment just like home.
I have six installed & control the color mode with a wall switch.
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Now Amazon is also selling 3-mode LED lamps:
Leisure LED 2 Pack RV Ceiling Double Dome Light Fixture 3 Color Mode Switch Interior Lighting Car/RV/Trailer/Camper/Boat DC 12V Warm/Natural/Cool White
Leisure LED Multi-Color Double Dome LED Light Fixture has 72, 2835 SMD. 11-18V Super Bright - 3 Mode Switch Warm White 3500K, Natural White 4500K, Cool White 6500K (36 SMD, per panel, one panel each dome)
Innovative Tri-Color Changeable Lamp. Choose and change the mood with the flip of a switch! Switch on, it is Warm White, Switch on and off again, it is bright Cool White, switch again and it is Natural (Neutral) White, switch off again and it is OFF. Warm White gives the space a homey atmosphere. Natural White is closest to day light. Cool White is for the High Tech Office look, with an Intense White Light.
Can you still run those off the wall switch?
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