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Old 10-26-2011, 07:23 PM   #1
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Lightbulb LED lighting questions...?

How important is LED lighting to an RV?

We're currently using LED lighting on the exterior of all Wildcats, eXtraLites, and Sterling Edition units.

We've been exploring interior LED lighting seriously for over 2 years, but are still concerned about the color (referred to as temperature) of the lighting.

I'm a fan of the low power draw and the small form factor as well as the light intensity. However, the cost is significant.

What are your thoughts? Is this an essential item in a new RV purchase? Do you think it will be (or will be soon)?
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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Search on here for L.E.D. lighting, several post, with options, pics, suppliers, etc.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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I would buy a camper with led interior lighting before I would buy one without .
If it was an option I would think it wouldn't be that much more . led lighting is becoming very inexpensive .
But I can see exterior lighting for running lights would be quite a bit more . since the factory cheap lighting fixtures look and feel like about 50 cents a piece . and average led fixtures would be average of 8.00 each .
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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Search on here for L.E.D. lighting, several post, with options, pics, suppliers, etc.
windrider he was asking for factory reasons .....

he was asking opinions if the factory should do led interior lighting .
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windrider he was asking for factory reasons .....

he was asking opinions if the factory should do led interior lighting .
Thanks for the clarification...
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:47 PM   #6
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My Father has replaced almost all of his bulbs in his motorhome with Led's
the big thing is the diffrence in cost of the bulb. I did notice the LED's where a more crisper white then the bulbs that were there.

I will eventually go to LED's but money is tight and I have other stuff to buy so it is not top on my list.

I think what might help is if you go to a single bulb housing instead of the dual bulb housing since LED's are brighter - might save on cost that way (really depends on the area of where you are trying to light though)
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If you could get a warmer color out of them it would be nice but the low power draw is a plus. I would be willing to pay a couple hundred more for a unit to have LED lights in it.
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:46 PM   #8
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It will soon be essential. Right now it is a mod that many of us do ourselves if we dry camp often.

I replaced all of my interior lights with warm white LEDs. The color is fairly close to those that Flagstaff used. IMO they are much nicer than the bright white LEDs. I would not put those harsh bulbs in my home or trailer.

It is true that the cost is high with properly manufactured bulbs. I was able to do my trailer for $4-5 per bulb IIRC ordering on Ebay from Taiwan or China. The Revolution bulb, which is more robust, is between $18-25 per bulb. Mine have been fine, but be careful going too cheap as some have experienced flickering or dead SMDs.

You might consider it an option or as part of a package. I think that those who camp a lot off the grid will appreciate the option.
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Why is money and issue??? I ordered on ebay from CHINA. They had all sorts of sizes and styles all a $1 or less, Shipping was $5 however. They all work fine. Im sure a supplier from China can give you an even better price!(higher quantities) The USA branded products are very expensive and the same exact product unit for unit. I purchased from one...then got smart. So anyway just a thought! -- Check out E-bay ! They also have different light temp's....soft white... bright WHITE.
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:54 PM   #10
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I like the LED lights, and would consider them an advantage in my next RV purchase.
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