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Old 01-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Question do we need LEDs for our new 21FBRS?

Have read alot of posts that recommend changing the lights in our brand new 21FBRS. Which LEDs do you recommend? is this a difficult project ? Where would you suggest to purchase?

Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated for these newbies!
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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it only makes sense if you plan on dry camping a lot or go boondocking.

if you always have electric hookups, then it's a waste of money unless you really want to get the latest thing for RV's.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:10 AM   #3
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We replaced about half our lights with LED in our previous TT putting them in the fixtures that we use most at night. I do not know what kind of fixtures yours has but ours had the standard 1156 bulbs, Replacements can be found at auto parts stores but a generally cheaper on the web. Ours cost about $5 or 6 each.

As stated, you don't really need them if you are mostly on shore power but after boon docking over a Labor Day weekend and running out of power, they became a priority. We like the blueish tint that they produce.

We wll be evaluating how maany we need for the new MH. Enjoy your new rig.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Actually, LED's make a lot of sense for all of campers. When using the standard bulbs in my Puma 30DBSS, I pulled around 10A when firing up all of the lights. With LED's I only pull 2A or so with the same number of lights. This frees up enough amperage to run another appliance. We threw the 30A main breaker several times before LED's- but I don't think we have once since installing the LED's. I purchased mine in bulk off of Ebay for around $1.80 each in lots of 10. Be sure to get warm white unless you like everything to have a blue tint. I also found that I liked the light from the ones that had more of the smaller LED as opposed to fewer of the larger LED. Here is the description from my old Ebay purchase: 10pcs T10 921 194 SMD bulb 25-1210 LED Bulbs Lights,Warm White
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Thanks Dustman, lots of good info. We're you able to find plug and play replacements? Many times I see LED replacements, solder is involved and they lose me there!

Good tip about the warm white, I definitely DISlike the blue coloring of what I think of when thinking of LED lighting.

Are the LEDs really as bright as our regular bulbs? I'm a freak for bright light? Will I see a difference when going to LEDs?
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #6
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Here is the description from my old Ebay purchase: 10pcs T10 921 194 SMD bulb 25-1210 LED Bulbs Lights,Warm White
How is the brightness compared to the incandescentbulbs they replaced?

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Are the LEDs really as bright as our regular bulbs? I'm a freak for bright light? Will I see a difference when going to LEDs?
I have tested different LED's and most either had the blue tint or were substantially less bright. I ended up with the Revolution 921-250. These are 250 lumen and are just as bright as my incandescent and they are 3200 kelvin. Incandescent bulbs are 3000 kelvin so they are really close in the color spectrum. These just plug in so no modifications needed.

They are way more expensive, like about $25 a piece. The cheapest I could find them were through ledlights4rvs.com. They have a flat $4 shipping. I have saved my incandescent bulbs. The LED's are coming with me when I upgrade my current TT.
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I bought some cheap LED bulbs on ebay, and they turned out to be real garbage. Next, I tried RVLEDBulbs.com - RV LED Bulbs, RV LED Lights and Light Accessories. They are more expensive, but after trying a lot of 10, I ordered 10 more. If you buy there, enter the code FORUM for a 10% discount.

The list the light output (in Lumens) for all of their bulbs. They also have a chart that lists the light output of most types of incandescent bulbs so you can do a comparison.

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The ones I listed above are not as bright as standard bulbs. I actually have a few of the old bulbs back in because the wife wanted more light over the table. I wasn't willing to pay $25 for a bulb- but wanted the energy savings. All in all I have been happy with them, but if you want the same amount of light you are getting from the standard bulbs, the ones I bought won't cut it. They are a direct replacement for anything with a T10 base which is pretty standard for most of the RV lights to my knowledge.
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I bought some cheap LED bulbs on ebay, and they turned out to be real garbage. Next, I tried RVLEDBulbs.com - RV LED Bulbs, RV LED Lights and Light Accessories. They are more expensive, but after trying a lot of 10, I ordered 10 more. If you buy there, enter the code FORUM for a 10% discount.

The list the light output (in Lumens) for all of their bulbs. They also have a chart that lists the light output of most types of incandescent bulbs so you can do a comparison.

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thanks for the link - we're in the 'still shopping' phase, but we'll start changing them out this spring
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