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Old 02-07-2016, 06:23 PM   #1
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Potential Fire Problem with LED Ceiling Lights

I have a 2016 Cedar Creek 36CKTS which I purchased in October 2015. I have already had three of the LED ceiling light malfunction. Two of them started working with only three of the six LED diodes lighting. The third one got so hot that the LED circuit board came loose from the plastic mounting ring and made contact with the plastic cover plate. It started to melt the cover plate and I am fairly sure that if I was not in my RV it probably would have started a fire. When the lights are lite the plastic cover gets fairly hot to the touch. The design of these LED Flush Mounted ceiling lights is very poor because the plastic mounting ring which holds the LED circuit board does not have the ability to dissipate the heat of the circuit board. I have seen another posting on this forum where another person had the some melting problem with their LED ceiling lights and I know of another 2016 Cedar Creek owner who is staying at the same RV Resort in Florida that I am and he has also experienced the same problem with his LED ceiling lights. I have replaced my failed LED lights with the flush mounted design that has an aluminum mounting ring that has the ability to dissipate the heat of the LED circuit board. When these lights are lite the plastic cover is only slightly warm to the touch. I am hoping that Forest River with address this potential fire issue before someone has a fire in their RV. I would not allow the factory installed LED ceiling lights to be lite if you are not in your RV.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:15 PM   #2
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I have a 2014 38 CK and have had no problems with the LED lighting. I am not sure why though. I don't use the recessed lighting that much but it's been working fine for several years.
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Old 02-07-2016, 11:22 PM   #3
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I posted about this very issue last Fall. The LED ceiling lights in my 33IK (especially the ones with the black on/off buttons) get damned hot! Mine melted several lenses and two got the circuit board so hot it melted the wire insulation laying on top and shorted out blowing a 12 VDC fuse. All CC wants to do is send replacements that are supposedly better??? Do you have part numbers for the aluminum mounted ones handy?
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:04 PM   #4
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Deiselguy, You can use the following aluminum based lights as replacements, which I ordered from Amazon.

Dream Lighting 12v 1.8W LED Ceiling Light 3.5” diameter. This 3.5” light only comes in warm white.

Dream Lighting 12v 3.8W LED Ceiling Light 4.5” diameter. This 4.5" light comes in warm white or cool white.

Dream Lighting also sell a version of the 4.5" diameter light with a built in switch.
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Do you have any pictures of the lights so others can see them too? I'm sure they are used widespread. Thanks
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I have all LED lights in my 2014 Wildcat and I haven't notice any of them getting hot. It may well be they use a different fixture. What you describe sounds fairly scary. Since I assume you're still under warranty, what does FR say about this potential fire hazard?
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:59 PM   #7
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Here are the replacement lights that I am starting to use. They are very cool when you touch the plastic cover.
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:43 AM   #8
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phillyg ... FR says the lights have a lifetime warranty ... here's a replacement ... here's another replacement ... here's yet another replacement
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Old 02-09-2016, 12:45 PM   #9
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Nice to know John E , how much do those cost
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:33 PM   #10
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I have the same issue with a 2016 33IK I picked up last March. While looking at one of these on the lot, one of the lights in the bedroom let loose, melted, and put out tons of smoke! I went to the Cleveland RV show in January and paid attention to the other trailer manufacturers . . . all of them ran cool. Anyone know what brand they use (I saw them in Jayco's and a few other non-FR brands).
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