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nhshep

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Posted: 06/24/21 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most people like the super bright blinding led lights in RV ceilings.
Even the ones inches above their head in the bedroom. Some people like to switch from incandescent to LED lighting.

I understand removing led lights and replacing with soft white incandescent is not as simple as unscrewing a light bulb like in a home.

I was told by one dealer, RV's led ceiling lights cannot be switched to incandescent. If I hate the super bright led lights in my 5th wheel especially in my bedroom can I change them (either some or all) to a much softer light.

If I can, how easy and at what cost per light fixture ?

No disrespect to fans of led technology but with all our livingroom lights turned on it seems brighter than the sun. OMG the brightness. lol

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a simple item that may help is a dryer sheet, laid inside the outer covering of the light.
Try different things to achieve the light level you want. One advantage to the led lights is that they give off almost no heat.
You could even spray a coating on the lens.

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Posted: 06/24/21 10:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Or get bulbs with a lower lumen rating.

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It depends on what type of LED you have, some just have an LED placed in the incandescent socket. So just remove the LED lamp and insert and old style lamp. But if these are installed by the manufacturer then you'll have to swap out the fixtures. Search Amazon for "RV Ceiling Lights" or go by your local RV dealer's parts center they always have lots of light fixtures. I'd say minimum of $20-25 per fixture, you install. Lots more to get them installed.

LEDs do put out a fair amount of heat, just not as much as the old style lamps.


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Posted: 06/24/21 11:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the ideas. Yes, led advantages over incandescent, last longer, less heat generated, energy efficient. These LEDs are factory installed 2018. Maybe I can try some of the ideas mentioned and see if lower lumen or softer is available.

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Easiest way would be something on the lens.
Dimmers are nice if compatible.

Think you could pop the lens off and post a picture?
If you decide to replace the bulb youre gonna want something in the 2700-3500k range. Still might be super bright though and require a diffuser on the lens. If you post a picture of the light switch i might be able to tell you if a dimmer will work. I got a ton of LEDs and dimmers all over my trailer.

The dryer sheet idea sounds interesting. I supposed its designed to be in hot environments. The actual LED itself can get pretty hot.

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Could not attach picture. Lens screws off. Fitting attach by 3 screws.
Puck has 12 gold color squares. Number on fixture 64110304 if this helps.
I would not go dryer fabric method or any fire risk. Probably looking at less lumen light. YouTube video showed how to replace. Or if lens sold as filter of sorts.

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You might check with a shop that does car-audio installations. They frequently install various LED setups to go with the MUCH too loud sound.

LEDS not only come in various light output levels, but also in warm-white or cool-white versions Warm-white is more toward yellow and cool-white is toward blue.

Be aware that LEDs are always DC and are very polarity sensitive.


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nhshep wrote:

Could not attach picture.
Maybe others can chime in on an easier way.

On this site i take a cell phone pic and send to my email. Download to my computer and then upload to this site below.

http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1

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There are many varities of 12V LED lights that include base type, brightness and color. Google, Amazon, etc. I just replaced a warm 12 led puck with a bright 10 led puck as I didn't have a spare warm one in the RV.


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