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Old 09-16-2015, 06:30 AM   #1
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Upgrade to LED bulbs

I'm looking to upgrade all my bulbs to LED and would be interested in anyone's help who has already done this. Looking on Amazon there are multiple choices but what Lumens would I look for and I realize I have to make sure of the socket type. The factory bulbs get too hot and I don't like leaving them on at night whilst sitting around the fire.

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:35 AM   #2
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I've replaced all the 921 lamps in the last two RV's we've owned and am very pleased with them, both power and heat wise.

In the first one I did, I used the 42-SMD T15 white bulbs and was pleased with them. They weren't quite as bright as the 921's but were plenty bright.

In the RV we have now, I replaced the 921 lamps with 24-5050 SMD T10 Cool White bulbs. They are a little brighter than the 921 lamps and provide a lot of light.

I like the cool white color lamps (5000 to 7000k), but some people prefer the warm white color (2500 to 3000k), which is closer to the color of incandescent bulbs.

If you're not sure which color you like I suggest buying a couple of the cool white bulbs first and give them a try.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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Do yourself a favor and check (research) M4 Products. I replaced every bulb in my rig this past spring (37 bulbs). I have many friends that have gone the route of the 'internet specials' for price reasons, and found those bulbs flicker, have far less lumens, don't last, and within a week or so go so blue you feel like your in a warehouse with those shop lights.
Steve at M4 knows his stuff and will answer any questions about how many lumens you will get from each bulb, possible alternate bulbs that would work better for your needs etc.
And best of all, any issues you have, you call and they overnight you a replacement no questions asked.
(Not to mention your order is shipped 2 day mail anyway)

I went with the natural white (middle of temps) and although they are more white that an incandescent, they are much brighter and of course use FAR less battery than incandescent. Here's what I went with http://www.m4products.com/elite-seri...ung-5630-leds/ keep in mind too the quality LED will not get hot, the cheap ones will. Another perk is if you order more than 10 bulbs you get a 10% discount on your order. Check em out.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
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I didn't use bulbs, I used the little panels I got on ebay for about $3 each. All of the lights in my Mirada are now LEDs.

Another advantage is I added dimmers to several of them, AND by placing a small resistor in a couple of the fixtures, I now have OFF-LO-MED-HIGH

Upgrading coach lights to LEDs | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:29 PM   #5
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Do yourself a favor and check (research) M4 Products. I replaced every bulb in my rig this past spring (37 bulbs). I have many friends that have gone the route of the 'internet specials' for price reasons, and found those bulbs flicker, have far less lumens, don't last, and within a week or so go so blue you feel like your in a warehouse with those shop lights.
Steve at M4 knows his stuff and will answer any questions about how many lumens you will get from each bulb, possible alternate bulbs that would work better for your needs etc.
And best of all, any issues you have, you call and they overnight you a replacement no questions asked.
(Not to mention your order is shipped 2 day mail anyway)

I went with the natural white (middle of temps) and although they are more white that an incandescent, they are much brighter and of course use FAR less battery than incandescent. Here's what I went with Elite Series Retrofit Bulb keep in mind too the quality LED will not get hot, the cheap ones will. Another perk is if you order more than 10 bulbs you get a 10% discount on your order. Check em out.
x2 on M4 - they also allow you to try different colors (nat white vs cool white) of the same bulb and you can return the ones you don't want/need. Got full credit back once I mailed back the ones we didn't like.

RVGEEKS5 will get you a 5% discount on your entire order (if you don't want to order 10 bulbs)

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:37 PM   #6
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Upgrade to LED bulbs

Check out M4 products in California. I upgraded my Tracer Air 250 with a combination of warm and cool bulbs (11+11). Best thing I've done. Much nicer with the cool bulbs in workspaces and the warm bulbs over beds and relaxation zones. I gave all the remaining bulbs to a friend who had bulb blow-out problems with his trailer. He's now setup on a permanent powered lot while I prefer to travel around to different locations. I figure I get an extra 2 days on battery with the LED over the standard bulbs shipped with the trailer.
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I've replaced all the 921 lamps in the last two RV's we've owned and am very pleased with them, both power and heat wise.

In the first one I did, I used the 42-SMD T15 white bulbs and was pleased with them. They weren't quite as bright as the 921's but were plenty bright.

In the RV we have now, I replaced the 921 lamps with 24-5050 SMD T10 Cool White bulbs. They are a little brighter than the 921 lamps and provide a lot of light.

I like the cool white color lamps (5000 to 7000k), but some people prefer the warm white color (2500 to 3000k), which is closer to the color of incandescent bulbs.

If you're not sure which color you like I suggest buying a couple of the cool white bulbs first and give them a try.
What he said. And I would search eBay for the best price. If you can stand the bright white 6000 or 7000, there are some good cheap deals on eBay buying 10 or 20 at a time. During our last club campout we helped three other campers order their bulbs over their cell phone while we were sitting in camp.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:07 PM   #8
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I put these in our trailer:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o04_s01

Been in there for two years now. They are the bright (cool) white.
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:17 PM   #9
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I just replaced all of me 921's and 1141's in my Toy Hauler and glad I did. Each of the sockets of the 921's had brown overheated marks on the sockets. I have used them very little less than 4 hours each. When they were in use with the non-LED's the heat generated was to me to great. The LEDS are running much cooler. I bought mine from Camping World.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:53 PM   #10
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Sure very easy but you will need to do a little bit of reading and i have the perfect place to go (LED light bulb, LED light bulbs for home use and cars) they have all the info you need and the best pricing anywhere i could find anywhere.
Happy shopping and Happy Camping
P.S. i did mine 5 yrs ago and will never look back love them for the lack of power use, the lack of heat, and the price (if you get them from (LED light bulb, LED light bulbs for home use and cars)
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