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Old 02-07-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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LED replacement lights for wedge bulbs

Thanks to Sonicsix for the info on the LED lights to replace the wedge base bulbs in our overhead lights. Shipping time from overseas was about 2 weeks but well worth the wait. They are plenty bright as compared to another light right next to it with the standard bulbs. I have just ordered 8 more of them to replace the rest of the wedge bulbs in our rig.
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:13 PM   #2
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Nice but pretty darn expensive to replace the multitude of bulbs in an RV. Will hold out till these replacements are down to a buck a piece
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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Nice but pretty darn expensive to replace the multitude of bulbs in an RV. Will hold out till these replacements are down to a buck a piece
Yeah, they are expensive but they last 50,000 hours where as a normal bulb lasts between 1000 and 5000 hours. The real point is that for those of us that dry camp a lot the cost of running the generator to charge the batteries will quickly pay for them. I don't think you will see these down to a buck any time soon. Although I have heard where the government is considering calling for the phase out of incandescent bulbs for energy savings over a period of years. Don't know how long though.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #4
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Funny I bought all new led Christmas light strings this year and wonder how these will last 50,000 hrs when they are already failing from day 2. Out of 10 strings 3 have already been faulty as when one quits the whole string fails. This was the reason I replaced the incandescent strings in the first place.
Good luck seeing 50,000 hrs.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:48 PM   #5
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Well I don't think that is the same case as these lamp modules. At any rate, someone has to dive in first. It would've been me, but I refused to send cash to china. I was only waiting for the american market to produce these to retrofit my entire trailer. This forum is a a good place for trial and error and I will be closely following NWJ's updates. As for your string(s) - next time keep the receipt.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:48 PM   #6
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Funny I bought all new led Christmas light strings this year and wonder how these will last 50,000 hrs when they are already failing from day 2. Out of 10 strings 3 have already been faulty as when one quits the whole string fails. This was the reason I replaced the incandescent strings in the first place.
Good luck seeing 50,000 hrs.
Turbo puppy is correct. Many of the Christmas lights are very cheaply built and they are not the same. I had been doing some research on those this year too and found a lot of very bad reviews mostly of the GE brand sold at many home improvement stores. Seems water can get inside as they aren't built all that well and it ruins them.

However I will probably die before I see 50000 hours of use from a bulb of any sort. The real point to LED lighting is not the cost of the bulb but our ability to spend extended periods of time dry camping which is what we like to do. For those that don't dry camp then there is no reason to replace their standard bulb. There is also no reason for them to spend upwards of $1700 on a solar system or close to $1000 for an inverter or almost $900 on a battery bank.

I spent close to $30 per unit for fluorescent light fixtures for our old motorhome times 5 units for $150. So far for the LEDs which burn a tenth of the power I have spent $100 to retrofit 5 lights, much cheaper but lots of guys think nothing of going to Camping World and getting the fluorescent fixtures.

Certainly I see no point to what some people will spend their money on. Can anyone explain to me $800 PER RIM for them stupid 20" wheels guys put on their SUVs? Not to mention the extreme price for the worthless tires to fit those rims? Still others spend $30/month for a data plan on their cell phones to be able to access the Internet no matter where they are. If you buy one latte a day for 20 days out of a month you will have spent as much as I did on LEDs in about 5 weeks. It's all relative.

For some people it's not about cost but accomplishing a goal. For us it's dry camping for as long as possible without having to run the generator every day, for others it's a completely stupid looking set of rims and tires. To each their own I guess.
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Sorry I did not mean to start an arguement on the subject but now realise I did not word my experiences very well. Just stating my disappointment with my experiences on the led lights and have found the ones that I have replaced in light fixtures in my home have not lived up to advertised life spans either.
As you put it with dry camping it makes sense when depending on battery life. Hopefully these will drop in price sooner than later
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Sorry I did not mean to start an arguement on the subject but now realise I did not word my experiences very well. Just stating my disappointment with my experiences on the led lights and have found the ones that I have replaced in light fixtures in my home have not lived up to advertised life spans either.
As you put it with dry camping it makes sense when depending on battery life. Hopefully these will drop in price sooner than later
PS hope you have better luck than I have experienced with LED's
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So far so good on my LEDs. Not one has burned out but I do have 2 that the 3M sticky tape won't hold in place.

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So far so good on my LEDs. Not one has burned out but I do have 2 that the 3M sticky tape won't hold in place.

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I had two of mine do the same thing and bought Industrial Strength Velcro stips on ebay for a couple bucks. I cut them to a 1" x 1" Square and they're holding great and can be removed if necessary.
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