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Old 09-15-2009, 08:17 PM   #1
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Sample images for LED replacement

My family and I often dry camp on our vacation property. I have made some mods that help with our power usage. First I installed dual 12v batteries. Next I installed a DC ammeter to monitor current usage from the power distribution panel. Now I have replaced 6 of the incandescent bulbs (#1141) with the Rigid Industries LEDs. I am very happy with them. To give an idea of the difference in light, I have attached two pictures. Both are with the same settings, the left picture is the LED. I only took a picture with one fixture to give a better of the light spread and quality.

The light output is nearly identical, with the LED slightly less bright. Anyway, the current for 6 - #1141 bulbs was 7.3 amps, the replacement 6 LEDs draw 1.6 amps. More light for less current. I know I will rarely use all six LEDs at the same time on battery, but my testing gives you an idea of the current difference.

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Old 09-15-2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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It really does make a huge difference. I didnt think it would be that noticable but it sure is thanks for the pics
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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What is the model number for the LEDs you used??
What did they cost?
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:01 AM   #4
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One other thing you didn't mention is those LEDs will last way longer than any incandescent bulb. Taking that into consideration of how many bulbs would be replaced vs. one time replacement with the LED. Great pictures, thanks for the info.
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Old 09-16-2009, 02:15 PM   #5
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I have a question also. Did you have to change out the whole light fixture or is there a way it all plugs up to the same ones?
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Old 09-16-2009, 06:44 PM   #6
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They weren't cheap. $24.95 free shipping.

here is the link: http://www.rigidindustries.com/product_p/rgdrvled.htm
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Oh yeh, its a plug like the original lamp base and another two pin connector to the LED assembly. All one has to do is remove the original bulb, insert the plug, then plug in the leds. Finally, peel off the sticky backer and place in the fixture.

You can test the lights without ever removing them from the package. There is a switch and a small battery pack included that allows you to test the lights. Although 1 of the 6 lights had bad set of batteries so I couldn't test it.
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Hi All,
I just switch over all of the miniature wedge base bulbs in our Georgetown for LEDs - what a difference it makes on battery usage. I also swapped out the map lights up front. I found all of the lights at www.superbrightleds.com - they are not cheap but make a huge difference when boondocking and will last quite a bit longer than the incandesants.
Next on my list is to replace the halogen overheads in the living room and all of the outside running and tail lights with LEDs.
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I don't know how true It is but from what I hear as of 2012 the incandescent light bulbs will be a thing of the past. Manufactures will no longer make them, we will be using compact fluorescents and LED's.
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I don't know how true It is but from what I hear as of 2012 the incandescent light bulbs will be a thing of the past. Manufactures will no longer make them, we will be using compact fluorescents and LED's.
I have heard this too but I don't know the timeline for phase out of incandescents. I plan on spending at least some of my pending tax return on LEDs for our rig too.
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