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Old 07-26-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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LED lighting for A-frame

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I tried to post this privately but unable to find a way to attach photos in PM....so then thought thw rest might want to see, too. LoL

I bought "natural white" LEDs but they were too harsh/bright, so I thought Id try the flat "warm whote" and ended up using one of each in the light fixtures...mixxes the color to a softer not too bright atmosphere in the small living box inside my trailer.

I love the price of the flat ones -they were an ebay purchase for half the cost of the round.ones (which were bought from local RV dealer).
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:29 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting. I have been thinking about LEDs. The factory bulbs are way too bright for me. Are the flat ones significantly dimmer than the stock? We even bought a table lamp that we use because the factory bulbs are too bright even with one bulb removed.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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Thank you!!!!! I'm so glad you posted pics!! This helps me tremendously!!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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Glenn & Debbie - I am glad this helped! I had no luck trying to post privately - glad you found it here! LOL

CCrane - I notice a difference in the flat ones only because they are not only a different style, but they are a different color...I'd go with "Warm white" or anything softer than that. "Natural white" is extremely bright & appears to be too blinding for my preference in such a small closely quartered area.

I am thinking of buying 2 more of the flat lights and placing them in the light fixture over the two different ones.

I was not able to use both flat ones in the same fixture because of the polarity...I would have had to turn one with the bulbs facing in; it emits a dimmer light that way, but it bothered me to visually looking at the lights when they were turned on. LOL so I used the 2 styles/2 colors & it was not as bothersome, is easier to tolerate until I get the same for both.

I think LEDs take getting used. I enjoy working with clay, handbuilding and glazing my art pieces, so lighting is extremely important to me. The LEDs are definitely a 'bluer' brighter light than incandescents or flourescent lighting...LEDs make the original light in my trailer actually appear more orange in tone.

I will do what I can in order to preserve battery life when camping with no auxilliary power is available. Dont know that I always want to take along the generator, but I do 'just in case' - at many dog shows, it is first come, first served for power.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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Where did the bulbs come from, and which part numbers? LEDs is on my short list of mods for my Aframe.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:44 AM   #6
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We ended up purchasing 2 each of the 921 and 906 LED bulbs from eBay. The 921s are just slightly brighter. We used one of each flavor in the interior overheads, and they work fantastically.

Here are the 2 types of bulbs we bought:
921 LED Bulb, Bright, Warm White, 24SMD5050 bulb, T15 wedge base
906/921 LED Bulb, Bright, Warm White, 13SMD5050 bulb, T15 wedge base
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I tried to post this privately but unable to find a way to attach photos in PM....so then thought thw rest might want to see, too.
As you found out, attachments are not available in a PM. That is a Forum software limitation. I bump up against that often. Using Flickr, PhotoBucket, or any other photo hosting site will fix that. You just paste the URL of the photos you want to insert in the body of the email.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:54 AM   #8
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Oh and here is how I tackled the light issue.

LED 12 volt lighting: Long term results

I went with the 36 LED "pads" and they fill the camper with light when I use all the fixtures. With them all on, they pull about the same amps as ONE fixture using incandescent bulbs.

So far so good as even though I bought a spare, all are working fine 2 seasons later and I have never had to use it.
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