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Old 02-22-2014, 02:34 PM   #1
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replacing original bulbs with led bulbs

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I am preparing my 2006 HW256 Rockwood for a trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. There are no hook-ups in the park so I will be dry camping. I would like to make it as energy efficient as possible so it can run off the battery for a few days. The first thing I am doing is replacing the bulbs with LED bulbs. It looks like the bulbs don't just slide out. It looks like I need to take the entire fixture apart in order to get the old bulbs out because it appears to be "hard-wired". Please see the picture. Do the wires slide out easily or what do I need to do?

Also, I want to make sure I get the right bulbs. The boondocking forum mentions the following "921 T 10 W5W 24 1210 SMD LED". Click image for larger version

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New 5 x 24 SMD LED T10 194 921 W5W 1210 RV Landscaping Light Lamp Bulb White | eBay

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Old 02-22-2014, 02:42 PM   #2
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These will work, but they are only 100 lumens vs 288 or so for your existing incandescent bulbs.
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
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That bulb should just pull out of the white socket. Once it is out, you just plug the new LED into the socket. Be aware that if the light doesn't work, pull out the bulb and rotate it 180 degrees to reverse the polarity. Very easy. I did this to my truck and wife's Excursion. Our camper already had LEDs from the factory
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Thank you everyone. The bulbs came right out. Any other tips for improving battery efficiency? Have the water pumps improved in the past 8 years? This seems to be drawing a significant current.
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I had previously bought the led's you are looking at and was disappointed with them. I then bought these and was much happier.

http://bit.ly/1mmb0Ss
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Definitely buy at least 250 Lumen leds ... I got 100 Lumen leds and they do not provide enough light to be a substitute ...
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:00 AM   #7
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Thank you everyone. The bulbs came right out. Any other tips for improving battery efficiency? Have the water pumps improved in the past 8 years? This seems to be drawing a significant current.

I would simply minimize use of the pump.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:06 AM   #8
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these are a great replacement. I bought some smaller ones first, weren't as bright, these are equal to the original lighting. I will be getting more to replace the rest. These are a "warm white" so look like regular bulbs

GRV T10 Wedge 921 194 25-3528 SMD LED Bulb lamp Super Bright Warm White DC 12V Pack of 10 : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Thank you everyone. The bulbs came right out. Any other tips for improving battery efficiency? Have the water pumps improved in the past 8 years? This seems to be drawing a significant current.
we dry camp nearly all the time and we turn our pump off when we are going to be out of the trailer for awhile. our Roo 23SS is a 2007 and we find no large power drains from its pump.
also, went to a two battery setup. plus we have a Honda 2000 if we need to recharge the batteries.
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I replaced all of my ceiling lights with these..

10 X White Car RV Landscaping T10 Wedge 24-SMD LED Light W5W 921 194 2825 168 (eBay title) . They are $15.99 free ship.

They are the cool white, as opposed to the warm white (yellowish)

At first glance they don't look as bright, but they really are.

One thing I did notice is that before when I ran anything else 12v, the lights would dim out. Now they don't. The LED wattage is a fraction of the standard lights.
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