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Old 09-10-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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LED light bulbs

Has anyone switched thier 12v interior lights to LEDS, the regular ones get quite hot.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:16 AM   #2
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We've switched a couple. The problem with LED's is that they're directional and to me harsher than incandesent lamps. I haven't played with many of the new configurations so they may be much better for lighting than what I have.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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Not all incandesant bulbs are created equal. I don't have the stuff in front of me but lower wattage (hence not as bright) bulbs are availabe.

And the cost of LEDs can be outrageous. Careful shopping may find a flouresent fixure that puts out a more agreeable light than some LED options.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:37 AM   #4
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I'm cheap. I'll stay with the stock bulbs that can be had anywhere.

One of the plusses to LEDs is power consumption. I generally don't worry about it as I don't dry camp.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:05 AM   #5
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I would like to try to switch as I only dry camp. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:40 PM   #6
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Not all incandesant bulbs are created equal. I don't have the stuff in front of me but lower wattage (hence not as bright) bulbs are availabe.
Radio's right about that! We replaced the #921 bulbs over the bed with #168's. They're much nicer and don't blind you when you turn them on.
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:03 PM   #7
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As one who likes to dry camp, I am always looking for ways to conserve battery power. In the past I have always converted several of my fixtures to florescent. This is a big help. I have found a LED bulb that I am playing with. (www.jclampstand.com/). These are a 11/2inch grid of 36 LED bulbs and fit quite a few different sockets. They do give a little blue cast but at night they illuminate fairly well. The lumens are not very great per bulb, and they cost $20 each. That is still cheaper than a 12 inch 2 bulb florescent. However, the florescent will give as much light as an incandescent fixture with about half the current draw. LED's pull very little. I am still going with a couple of florescent fixtures, plus the florescent over the sink. I think the LED's will be useful in an area where you might want some light, but intensity is not critical. If you dry camp for very long, you just can't run very many lights. With light management, I can usually last 5-7 nights without shore power or a generator. I use 2 deep cell batteries.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:12 PM   #8
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Try this.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...?product=OTHER
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:38 PM   #9
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thats the same place i got mine from.
i replaced the super hot over the bed lights with some bright leds
not quite bright enough for good reading but does provide plenty of light to walk around and go the bathroom in the middle of the night
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:30 AM   #10
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Flourecent is probably you're best bet so far. There are several companies out there that make LED to replace the halogen bulbs that are used in many of the recessed fixtures that are now popular in a lot of rigs. A company called IMTRA makes LED replacement fixtures and bulbs for the marine industry. As most of their stuff is used in upper end yachts I would guess the quality is quite good.

http://www.imtra.com/
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