Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-26-2011, 10:09 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: St Joseph, MI
Posts: 51
LED should be standard equipment for interior and exterior lights. Wish my Rockwood had them. JMHO.
__________________

__________________
Daren, Sharon and Tinkerbelle the Wonderdog
2011 Rockwood Mini-Lite 2304
Campski65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 11:19 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Taranwanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: NEPA
Posts: 1,446
Does anyone have any real life experience on how changing over to LEDs for interior and/or exterior lighting have saved on battery life while dry camping? Like, how much longer can you be off the grid? Does it make that much of a difference? And do people wind up changing their entire lighting fixtures, or just the bulb?
__________________

__________________
Taranwanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2011, 11:56 PM   #13
Moderator Emeritus
 
Triguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 6,950
My answers are below ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Taranwanderer View Post
Does anyone have any real life experience on how changing over to LEDs for interior and/or exterior lighting have saved on battery life while dry camping? Like, how much longer can you be off the grid? The answers to your first two questions depend on your needs, usage and battery capacity.

Does it make that much of a difference? Its a big difference. Herk posted a comparison in this thread: 1/10th amp draw for the LED vs. a single 921 Incandescent draws 1.2 amps per bulb.

And do people wind up changing their entire lighting fixtures, or just the bulb?
You would change just the bulbs using your existing fixtures.

You can search the forum, but here are a few interesting threads:


LED 12 volt lighting: Long term results
Interior LED Lamp Upgrade
__________________
Scott
DW, 3 Kids and our Goldens

2012 Shamrock 233S
2008 Toyota Sequoia 5.7L 4WD
Triguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 01:38 AM   #14
2007 WildCat 32QBBS
 
05CrewDually's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 1,766
Could make it an option and in kit form for a dealer prep install. If the customer buying a new trailer wants L.E.D.'s then the tech can change them out or the customer can do it.
__________________
*Current: 2005 Ford F350 Crew Cab Dually 6.0 diesel 4x4*
*Retired: 1987 F350 Crew Cab Dually 6.9 turbo diesel
2007 Forest River WildCat 32QBBS
05CrewDually is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 02:29 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Canandaigua,New York (The heart of the Finger Lakes)
Posts: 487
It is my understanding most Divisions of Forest River are in the Process of changing over to LED lighting. Rockwood/Flagstaff is currently in the change-over stage. The outside running lights are mostly LED's now and shortly interior lights will be changing to LED's. on all of there models. Last I heard Prime-Time is changing over or has changed over in there top of the line models.
__________________

David & Annamarie & 2-Pugs (Fatty and Harley)
2011 Rockwood Windjammer 3065
2011 Ford F-250 6.2- V8
2011 Hensley Arrow "NO-SWAY" Hitch
BigRed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 08:29 AM   #16
Member
 
CliffP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 38
LED lamps use between 10 and 20% of the energy incandescents lamps do. So, If lights were the only power being used the battery should last 5-10 times as long. Unless things have changed recently, all LEDS are made in China. There are some lamps assembled in the US but the LED itself is Chinese. LEDs also last 10 times as long as Incandescent lamps.
I would love to see them come standard (or at least be an option) on all RVs.
__________________
CliffP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 08:35 AM   #17
Wanna Be Camper
 
SaskCampers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Posts: 2,370
I agree it should be an option. I am not crazy about the color of most LED lights so to have it as an option and dealers having a display panel set up so people can actually see what they would be buying would be my choice, I bought 4 to test and all I got was one that malfunctioned after 3 days and popped a 15 amp fuse and I hated the color. As to the outside ones, I thank they should be standard. LED ligths are going to get better and better so I do believe it is the future just not the present at least for us.
__________________

John & Deb
2011 F250 Lariat FX4 Crew Cab 6.2
2011 Flagstaff V-Lite 30WRLS
Days Camped 2016: 3 2017: 0
SaskCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 09:37 AM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 30
Thumbs up

We have just purchased our TT in the last month or so and I am already looking at switching to LED's. I think the low power draw is a plus yet my main reason is to reduce heat. When camping in 100+ heat every little bit helps. I would definitely opt for LED from the factory if it was reasonably priced.
__________________
dstars99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #19
JAYCO Representative
 
Wildcat Chris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Wildcat Plant - Elkhart, IN
Posts: 808
As I mentioned in my initial post, Wildcat has already changed to LEDs on the exterior and we're very pleased with the results. The hesitation on interior lighting has been 2 things: usability and cost.

In terms of usability, the color and intensity of available LEDs is all over the map, so finding the right lighting for the right spaces is important. Replacement LED bulbs are beginning to look more pleasant to the eye (no harsh "hospital" brightness). We've been seeing some great strides forward on light intensity -- the first few samplings of LEDs we evaluated were bright, but the light "fell off" much more quickly than incandescent so it wasn't good for a ceiling light installation, for instance.

As for cost, since we're in need of thousands of lights and not just enough for one coach, we need to be teamed with suppliers who can balance great pricing with guaranteed availability. A Chinese-made "fill-in-the-blank" in your RV is not always the answer for best price, even if some or all of it is imported. We're working with our suppliers to secure the best price for best product -- sometimes you spend a bit more up front and save on costs from failures or shortages. Also, since the LED market in RV is still relatively new, the market pricing isn't quite "set" yet. We're confident that this will come around.

I appreciate all the feedback here very much. It's important to know consumer demand on any upgrade item we evaluate. Thanks again!
Wildcat Chris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-27-2011, 02:56 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
extremebike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 235
LED Interior Lighting

Chris

I like the idea of LED lighting on the interior assuming that it is warm white. If only one of the double bulb fixtures could be changed over to LED that might make it cost effective for FR.

I only use the second bulb if I am working on something and only for a short time. I reading lights get the most use as well as the kitchen, dining and reading in the bedroom. So I guess I am saying that I would rather have some than none.

The dealer I bought from usually orders popular option items with the units so I am sure that you will sell more than you think so you should have some buying power out of the gate.

LED bulbs would make dry camping a real option with limited use of a generator. Thanks for asking.

Regards,

Extremebike

2011 Sterling 32RL
2004 Ford F550 6l
__________________

__________________
regards,
Extremebike

2004 Ford F550 6l Lariat SuperCrew, Fontaine Bed,
Link Systems Air Ride
2011 Sterling 32RL with Michelin XPS tires
extremebike is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
extralite, led, sterling, wildcat, light

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:49 AM.