Ive posted these elsewhere, but I thought it was worth documenting here as well for this audience.
Id rate this a 0/5 on the difficulty scale, just keep in mind that I rebuild a race motor 6-8 times a year and consider things like that to be simple. YMMV.
I ordered 30 of the 48 SMD LED panels from eBay. Each panel came with a T10, festoon, and BA9S adapter. I made a mistake when I looked at the bulbs in the bays and the outdoor lights, I assumed they were BA9S. Theyre not, theyre BA15 base bulbs. No mind, I dont mind breaking the glass and using the base to wire in the LED. That can happen later.
Without further ado, here are the LED lights.
LED panel with T10 adapter and bulb it replaces:
And a comparison of the bulb and LED panel:
Pardon my crappy phone pictures, its all I had with me at the time. Some notes:
Stock bulb is around 2700k, the LED panels are around 5000k. Its a much whiter light, more like natural daylight with a tinge of blue. Personally, I like this better. Output wise, these are a bit less than the 18 watt bulbs they replace. But, because the spectrum of the light is different, its not quite as noticeable. The halogens are 264 lumens, the panels are billed at 170 lumens. I dont notice much of a difference output wise.
Heres the big thing: power consumption. Everyones familiar with volts, amps, watts, right? No? Well, you will be in a second.
The 18 watt bulbs run at 12 volts (nominal, although they never actually
run at 12 volts, but for sake of argument, assume a nice round 12 volts). Volts, amps, watts, right? Its like high school algebra. Solve for X.
18 watts at 12 volts = 1.5 amps per bulb. Doesnt sound like much, right? Now consider this: Theres 23 bulbs in the house compartment alone. Thats 34.5 amps if all the lights are on, just for lights. With about 240 amp hours in the fully charged batteries, youve got about 7 hours of run time.
But we changed to LEDs to save power right? And save power we did, because the LED panel draws about 2 watts. Thats around 0.16 amps per panel. 23 panels running at the same time is around 3.8 amps, or what it would take you to run one single dual bulb fixture with halogens. Proof in the pudding, youre now looking at close to 62
hours of run time with the LEDs.
Was it worth the $50? Yep, and I have 7 panels left over to put in the bays once I smash some 1156 bulbs.
I ordered mine from eBay, something like $17 shipped per 10. Pretty much any LED is coming from China these days, and it took about 3 weeks for mine to get here. The adapters, admittedly, are not the greatest. The quality control, again, not the best. The polarity is sometimes reversed, so you may need to flip the adapter in the socket to get it to work. Beggars cant be choosers, and admittedly, its a minor inconvenience IMO.
Next up: LED awning strip, maybe an LED stair strip, and maybe an LED strip in the gapped molding in the bedroom for some ambiance.