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2112

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Posted: 05/29/21 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I received my pack of 20 warm white LEDs. All 20 work. We like the color and brightness of the warm white.

From my testing:
They are non-polarized. You can plug them in either way
They can all tolerate 11.5V to 15.0V

Current is independent of voltage but dependent on temperature. At room temp they all start at 320mA. As they warm up the current dropped and settled at 260mA. I tortured tested one by wrapping it in a cloth and tightly wrapped it in a plastic bag. After 15 minutes it became seriously hot and the current dropped to 215mA. I don't have a way to accurately measure temperature so seriously hot is all I can say. However, all LEDs on that panel continued to light and the current returned to 260mA as it cooled back to nominal operational temperature.

I started a 14V burn-in test yesterday on the one I tortured. It's still operational after 24hrs drawing 260mA. I'll let this run on my bench for at least a few more days.

One thing I did discover is they don't make good contact when you plug them into the socket to far. I found the best approach is with power on, push it into the socket all the way until it goes out and then pull it out a little until it comes back on. All 20 behaved the same way.


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Posted: 07/27/21 01:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found a use for these LED paddles. My camper only used 6 so I had 14 left over.

I soldered a PCB mount 5.5mm barrel connector on the connection pads and use a 12V wall wart to power it. I may make a stand or hanger for it.

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* This post was edited 07/27/21 01:12pm by 2112 *

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I quit reading after the first page, but all I can say is https://m4products.com/

These are quality products designed by and manufactured to their specs. If you buy different types of LEDs for different fixtures and specify the same "color" (I prefer natural white) you get..... the same color, not a mishmash of different, near colors, or some so far apart that you think they made a mistake fullfilling the order.

I have converted 3 RVs so far and use M4 for all of them. Its money well spent.

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they almost give too much light/bright. go with the softer ones.

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I have the 500K and while bright they are nice. I have the regular color in the other lights so when I don’t want the brightness I turn those on.


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Posted: 08/08/21 05:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No issues after using these LED paddle lights for a few months. We like them and they have received the DW stamp of approval. They solved a problem of not enough light at the restroom vanity mirror while she's painting on her face. Or shall I say putting on her makeup. This turned out to be a good buy for us. Plus I'm having fun playing with the leftovers. I'm making a 3 paddle light bar

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