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#1 Meadowlark

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

One of the first things we did when we got into our new Casita SD was replace all the 12v light bulbs with LED bulbs. They draw only a third as much power as the light bulbs do, and they're much brighter. We got 'reading light' ones over the table and 'soft whites' everywhere else.
The LED's are little bit expensive, but they have a life of about umptyleven hours, and really make a big difference in how much light there after dark, when you want to read or play a game of Scrabble.
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#2 Don

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:31 PM

You make an excellent point about the differences is LED lighting. Some are 'warm' and easy on the eyes, others are 'cool' and a bit stark for my taste. LEDs are wonderful but it is necessary to do a little research before purchase - for me, they are not cheap enough to just buy, try and throw away.

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#3 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 01:45 PM

Meadowlark --

Don't mean to rain on your new discovery, but LED lights have been discussed here, at length, many times. In fact, we have special prices for Casita owners through this company:

http://www.ledtraile...m/rv/casita.htm

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#4 Meadowlark

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:21 PM

I'm a newbie, Eileen, and certainly don't have the time to go through thousands of posts.
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#5 CalCop

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:37 AM

All being said, the LED's are still a good mod.
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#6 Leilik23

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 08:52 PM

I just bought 2 of these: 1141 LED, WARM White, 24 SMD 2835 LEDs, 10-30vdc

 

And one of these: 921, Warm White, 24 LED, 10-30vdc

 

I'm assuming I have the regular incandescent bulbs now because after about 30 seconds they get real hot! Is that normal? I keep moving around and turning off and turning on lights so that they won't stay so hot. Can you leave the LED lights on for say 30 minutes? I get concerned about these incandescent bulbs I have now...


Edited by Leilik23, 19 February 2018 - 08:55 PM.


#7 NASA42 B

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:21 AM

Leilik23.......

 

The heat you're experiencing from the incandescents is normal.....and you really don't have to worry about them overheating.   The same goes for the led lights.  Had the icandescents for years....now have the leds.  

 

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#8 Leilik23

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 08:10 AM

Leilik23.......

 

The heat you're experiencing from the incandescents is normal.....and you really don't have to worry about them overheating.   The same goes for the led lights.  Had the icandescents for years....now have the leds.  

 

Frank :rolleyes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you. I figured I'd just buy a couple of LEDs for a few areas we use the most and test them out. I might make the full switch too depending on how the LEDs work out. I though maybe something was wrong because the light covers get hot so fast, but it's good to know that's normal. 



#9 Carol Christensen

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 10:39 PM

The LEDs don't put out the heat like the incandescents.  My feeling is that they attract less insects too, like no-see-ums.


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#10 Dutchman

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 08:37 PM

You can leave LEDs on all night and they barely heat the light covers.  And consume very little power.  Go ahead and switch, Leilik - like the ad says: "you'll be glad you did."

 

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#11 flcoxjr

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:05 PM

The LEDs use about 1/8th as much power as the incandescents.
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#12 Meadowlark

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:03 PM

Really, Leilik23, changing over to all LED's is far more practical and ultimately, economical than just kinda sorta waiting. especially if you're going to be boondocking, the battery savings are significant. I appreciate that the LED's are brighter...my 60+ year old eyes don't work so well in dim light anymore.

LED's are one of those things where the pros so heavily outweigh the cons that you wonder why Casita  doesn't go over to LED's completely. Even car makers are making the switch to LEDs, and they're the ones who invented those dorky 12v bulbs in the first place.

However.......................the car makers have also made it so that when you need to replace a headlight, it's going to cost an arm and a leg and three hours in the shop, whereas the old fashioned light bulb was a ten minute, $1.00 a bulb fix (that you could easily do yourself). :(


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#13 clairemr1

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Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:15 AM

what meadowlark said. replace them all with LEDs. the price is a nonissue, you'll be glad you did.......


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#14 JaxDan

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 07:56 PM

Bought a 17SD that is 18 years old and has the LED replacement bulbs.  Some were brighter.

I checked and found the cob style bulbs all had some that had gone dim.  I bought 5 replacement fixtures, each with clear lenses and powerful arrays of LED's.  Removing and replacing a light fixture is a project for the patient and tenacious but well worth it.  The dinette has light enough to read without eyestrain.  Cost of the fixtures on eBay was $8 each.  To install use a drill to remove rivets, long pop rivets to replace...takes about 30 minutes and about 15 cuss words.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 04:41 AM

Why did you replace the entire light fixture rather than simply replacing the bulbs with fresh LED bulbs?

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