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Old 09-28-2021, 04:53 PM   #1
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Tips on toning down LED lights?

Just (finally) got a new mini lite 2511s. Build is good, so far no major issue.

However, the ceiling lights and light above the slideout are very bright. I don't want to replace them, or put in dimmers. I'd like to just place some light dampening film in the light cover of the couch light.

Any other ideas or thoughts? The couch light is just too bright!

If dimmers are the way to go, any easy way to install?

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Old 09-28-2021, 05:11 PM   #2
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Use search to find lots of threads on LED dimmers. I installed a dimmer on mine, it was not difficult and well worth it.
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Easy dimmers. This is the way to go. One is for the panel, the other is for remote. Both are easy to install.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:30 PM   #4
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I used the dimmer in first link you have there. Works well, but lights do flicker when I use a motor, like the awning motor. Not a big deal.
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Old 09-29-2021, 01:28 PM   #5
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Just (finally) got a new mini lite 2511s. Build is good, so far no major issue.

However, the ceiling lights and light above the slideout are very bright. I don't want to replace them, or put in dimmers. I'd like to just place some light dampening film in the light cover of the couch light.

Any other ideas or thoughts? The couch light is just too bright!

If dimmers are the way to go, any easy way to install?

Thanks

Since we don't normally perform surgeries in our trailer, we also found the overhead leds too bright. I may install a dimmer. In the meantime, a coffee filter, or any kind of paper, trimmed to size and inserted inside the plastic dome, works well.
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Old 09-29-2021, 02:15 PM   #6
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If your lights have removable covers that will allow for the insertion of a thin plastic film, professional neutral density filter gels, used by photographers, could cut down on the light output without changing the color temperature.

B&H Photo sells them.

Here's a description: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora...ensity-filters

Here are the "gels" in a range of choices: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/searc...rch=yes&sts=ma

They are cheap enough to experiment with and the various "densities" would allow you to tailor your lighting to different levels.

This would "save" you from wiring in dimmers...not sure it that's an advantage or not, but this is an option. Also bear in mind that some LEDs do not like to be dimmed. They either refuse to dim or they just don't work on a dimmer. Check to see if your bulbs are dimmable.
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Old 09-29-2021, 02:23 PM   #7
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I suffer from a similar problem - LED lights are just too dang bright. Even one on is too bright, if I am just sitting there enjoying being in nature. I've tried installing a dimmer switch and it did not help - but that was on the LED strip outside. I like having light when I am preparing foods or actually doing work, but when sitting around, I like it darker. much darker.



After messing with candles, string lights and small electric lanterns, I finally settled on the small lanterns that are dimmable. You can get a three pack at Costco for around $12. This has been my best solution thus far.
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I've tried installing a dimmer switch and it did not help - but that was on the LED strip outside.
Try this LED strip from Boogey Lights, dimmable, millions of colors, lots of display options, control it with your cell phone.

https://www.boogeylights.com/led-lig...BoCGKkQAvD_BwE
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Try warmer LED bulbs

Most LEDs emit a bluish-white light, which is harsh to the eye, no matter how dim. I replaced all of my bulbs with warm LEDs. Their yellow-white color is closer to that of an incandescent. Much more pleasant.
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Most LEDs emit a bluish-white light, which is harsh to the eye, no matter how dim. I replaced all of my bulbs with warm LEDs. Their yellow-white color is closer to that of an incandescent. Much more pleasant.
I replaced my LED bulbs also. They were cheap on Amazon and simple to replace and much easier on the eyes.
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Old 09-29-2021, 04:31 PM   #11
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For those of you who think the LEDs are too bright, just wait a few years, mother nature will take care of that issue for you. Personally I wish our were brighter.
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For those of you who think the LEDs are too bright, just wait a few years, mother nature will take care of that issue for you. Personally I wish our were brighter.
Just curious what Mother Nature has in store?
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Well, at 80, mother nature hasn't dimmed the lights. But cboss described what does work, and it works perfectly. Installed 1 to the panel, a second to the fixture over dining nook.
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Easy dimmers. This is the way to go. One is for the panel, the other is for remote. Both are easy to install.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Keep in mind that you've got the WERV (OneControl) remote control box in your Mini. The dimmer will need to be hooked up post control box, which is not a big deal... however on my 2506S it's behind the stove, so a project for a later date. But as NJ states, its well worth it. You can search OneControl and possibly get lucky finding your OneControl box, they're all over the place (behind oven, behind micro, in an access panel, etc.).
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How does one remove the circular led lights in main room of 2511?
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How does one remove the circular led lights in main room of 2511?
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Usually you turn the globe CW until it will come off. It takes a little pressure.
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If they are like mine they are spring loaded so you have to really pull hard to get them out careful as they can bite if fingers in the wrong place. Later RJD
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Old 10-07-2021, 06:37 PM   #18
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If it's the round "puck lights", the ones that come with Forest River trailers are awful overly bright junk. We replaced all of ours with these awesome sleek dimmable warm white lights:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BPMSB2C...3dc690b7d7ed26
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We selected a few and sprayed the inside on the lens with tinting. I still have lots of bright white ones but we sprayed a few with tan window tint works great. We can either have mood lighting or ready for surgery.
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Old 10-07-2021, 07:41 PM   #20
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I swear, almost every time I visit this site I order something. In this case, it's the RV Lighting Wireless switch.

It says 5A max, and I can't find the the amps per LED puck light. I want to install it at the switch to control all the lights in the series at once. I don't know off the top of my head how many lights are on the switch.

Any idea of the amps? I think they're 3W at 12V, so .25A. Is that about right for the FR lights?

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