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Old 10-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #21
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We tried them and DW didn't like the blue light, so I took them all out of the pancake lights and left the vertical ones. So I guess I should have gotten the yellow or the soft. Don't really know what to get to match the color of the incandesant.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:03 PM   #22
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I believe you would want the ones described as "warm white", soft like incandescent
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #23
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I believe you would want the ones described as "warm white", soft like incandescent
Thanks, trying to find a 36 led flat one like the ones I had only in "Warm white". No luck so far, at least not at a reasonable price. I need 10 of them.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #24
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herk, depending on the diode you are right. There's a problem with thinking that LEDs or diodes are a one way check valve. If the reverse bias, aka voltage, is higher than the breakdown voltage of diode, current WILL flow and burn up the diode. most quality LED lights use a driver circuit to keep a constant voltage, about 3 volts, regardless of input voltage....within reason. anyway, if you apply reverse bias to an LED without a driver circuit able to withstand the reverse voltage, it will burn up.

no reverse bias problems with an incandescent bulb though.

I forgot to mention, in the first batch of LED lights I installed, one fixture was wired backwards. the light promptly smoked and burned a bit. thankfully it wad only one of six fixtures.
Yes, they can be blown up reverse biased. I think it is higher than 12 volts though. I am sure it depends on the LED.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:57 PM   #25
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Ok folks,
first of all thanks to all for the educational input....so here's an update.
Went to Lowe's and found this little but very expensive, little bugger ... It worked ! No smoke, no blowing of fuses... Although expensive it must be a good to best brand...
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:59 PM   #26
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Oops sorry took the bulb out prior to taking the pic... Later i will post the pic of the LED's...
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Oops sorry took the bulb out prior to taking the pic... Later i will post the pic of the LED's...
Is it brighter than the originals?
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:01 PM   #28
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Well in a way NO, but I thought it is that way, are they suppose to be brighter?
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #29
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My LED pads are much brighter; yet draw only 1/10th of the power.
They were also pretty cheap and have lasted almost 3 years now.

Warm white 36-1210 SMD LED Bulb Lamp 12V Car Interior Dome Light high quality | eBay
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:22 PM   #30
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My say warm white also, I just thought LED s needs some getting used to at first on the brightness,
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