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d1h

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Posted: 05/16/21 08:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone tried these and if so are they really as bright as they claim?

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I used similar daylight (5000k) LEDs in mine. Haven’t had any issues.


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I don't think they are nearly as good or bright as the complete light fixture replacements. I like the frosted lens LED lights in natural white.

They also make versions with a built in dimmer, but I haven't tried them. My trailers were old when I ordered mine, so I needed new lenses and the white plastic was really yellowed. Two doubles cost around $20. The five pack was $44 I think. I went with the older style with the larger switch, the round switch ones look a little smaller than the originals with their rounded corners. I wasn't convinced they would cover the original foot print good, but maybe they do.

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Posted: 05/17/21 05:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have not used that specific product.
I've used many LED's both in RV and house
Some are "As Advertised" some are not.


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I have used the paddle type bulbs in my pop up and TT, they are much brighter. Just make sure what type light you want. They work well.


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Posted: 05/17/21 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hmmm... those look pretty good.


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They are very cheap, so beware. The usual problem is cheaper LEDs don't have a wide voltage range tolerance, so when your converter is pumping out 14+ volts they may start flickering and burning out.

I didn't find any voltage spec other than "12v", but one reviewer said 11-14 volts. So you may want to ask about it.

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Couldn't live without LED's now. Even rewired the cooktop fan lights to LED strip lighting.

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2oldman wrote:

They are very cheap, so beware. The usual problem is cheaper LEDs don't have a wide voltage range tolerance, so when your converter is pumping out 14+ volts they may start flickering and burning out.

I didn't find any voltage spec other than "12v", but one reviewer said 11-14 volts. So you may want to ask about it.


^^^THIS^^^

One of the pictures does show the backside of the circuit board, it is using a simple resistor current limiting setup which severely limits the voltage range.

While you can safely operate LEDs in a undervoltage situation, overvoltage will quickly lead to LED burnouts with this simple current limiting setup.

Dry camping with no converter or solar charging happening you would be "safe", but add in the converter or solar charging and the voltage can rise above 14V since many converters and even solar controllers are designed to deliver 14.4V-15V while charging.

The good part of these ones is they have a bridge rectifier built in which means they are not polarity sensitive so even if the fixture has the pos and neg switched, the LEDs will still light.

Best advice I can give is buy a couple and try it under charging conditions and see what happens..

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If I did get these to try I'm really torn on the color to get. Warm white seems like it might give a little more homey atmosphere inside the RV. Natural white might be a little less yellowish. I'm sort of hesitant of getting the super white in fear of giving the appearance of a sterile operating room.

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