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Old 09-30-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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Change out lights

Does anyone know what is involved in changing out trailer lights with LED's?
Do they give as much light?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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Interior lights? Exterior lights? I have done both and the process is straightforward. I replaced my tail lights with new fixtures from Command Electronics - just clip three wires and re-crimp to the new fixture, remount the light and re-caulk around the housing. Inside I have replaced the bulbs in several fixtures with direct plug in replacements and installed a new LED fixture in the bathroom (from ledtrailerlights.com). Interior light LED bulbs seem to vary greatly in price and quality and some cast a color tone that you may find unpleasant. I bought just a few initially to try them out.
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If you are looking for interior, you should look for warm white LED's as the others as has been said are not good for reading. We use the cool white just for night lighting in areas that we are not concerned about light quality and I am in the process of getting warm white to replace the rest.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Thanks, I should have said interior.
My eyes require very good light to read. Do the warm white bulbs put out as much light as incandecent?
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Thanks, I should have said interior.
My eyes require very good light to read. Do the warm white bulbs put out as much light as incandecent?
Depends on what size/quantity of led you replace them with. My 24led panels are not quite as bright. My 48 led panels are just a touch brighter i think.....also the cool white color seems brighter, but is very unnatural looking in my opinion.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:45 PM   #6
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Inside I have replaced the bulbs in several fixtures with direct plug in replacements
Could you please add some clarity to this. I've searched the web looking for LED bulbs that would plug into my OEM fixtures. Have not been able to find any. Could you give more details i.e. a web sight, mfg. name, maybe a page with pictures, name/number of the bulb. Anything would help.
I don't mind the OEM lights other than they get pretty hot after being on for a length of time. I don't want to change out all of them, only the ones used for general lighting i.e. the bed area, the hallway and the toilet area.

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I found the lights I bought at ledtrailerlights.com. They offer wedge base 912/921 direct replacements for the small incandescent bulbs used in many RV light fixtures. I went with the smaller ($8.00) bulbs as I wanted less bright lighting in some fixtures. For an overhead reading light (or the 3 bulb glass fixture in my slide) I plan on going with the larger ($15.85) bulbs for more output. I also bought an entire fixture for the bath (P/N: L26-0086) which added individual control for for each side of the light. I really like the output of this fixture for use in the bath. Their website has tons of info and pictures about the products they sell. I was also interested in more efficient lights which did not get so hot.
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Thank you Iowegian. Head to their sight now.

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