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Old 09-08-2016, 10:35 PM   #1
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Lightbulb LED lights?

I have a 2016 Columbus 385bh. All the interior lights seem to be small, round, led lights. They seem to be burning out after little or no use. Where do I find replacements?
Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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I have a 2016 Columbus 385bh. All the interior lights seem to be small, round, led lights. They seem to be burning out after little or no use. Where do I find replacements?
Anyone else have this problem?
We have a 2017 Evo T2700. I was about to post that I'm having this same problem. Well... Ours hasn't burnt out yet. But the ceiling LED light over the kitchen area would flicker from time to time and is now barely lighting up. The light over the kitchen window and couch is flickering just barely too. I am concerned they might do the same as the other

They are located in the same general area of the RV. I'm hoping there's not something causing this that I cannot see.

Did yours happen throughout your whole unit?
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:16 PM   #3
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I had one of the interior LED lights in my 2014 A-frame do the same thing.

As an EE, I'm guessing that the low bidder to supply Forest River with LED lights does not have a consistently good enough regulator on his LED lights to handle peak voltages that RVs experience. And Forest River didn't care enough to check that the regulators had sufficient voltage swing. With some converters, your DC system will have voltages from 11 to 14.4 volts or greater.

LEDs have to have a voltage within a few tenths to stay within their operating range - actual operating voltage depends on LED color, but is somewhere near 3V. Too much voltage, and the magic smoke gets let out of the LED. Too little voltage, and the thing doesn't light up. The regulator has to keep voltage and current in the operating range for all the LEDs in the "bulb", no matter what the input voltage is.

My dealer had a whole new OEM lamp assembly for $27 (ouch!). The old one was hard-wired in, so had to cut wires and install with a pair of wire nuts.

More than likely, if you never turn the lights on while the camper is plugged in (battery power only), you will never have the problem.

just my thoughts. yours may differ
Fred W
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