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Old 10-28-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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It used to cost $30 per ready made bulb for RV's. Now it's probably much cheaper.



Three of these LED's in series only draw 20mA. A 'normal' RV bulb draws 1 amp+!

For more info take a look at Wilton’s page here:

http://windsurf.mediaforte.com/roadt...trek_tips.html

he says:

“Using 14.5 volts, here are all of the options:
3 LEDs 200 Ohms
2 LEDs 375 Ohms
1 LED 550 Ohms”

I actually used:

3 LEDs 220 Ohms
2 LEDs 330 Ohms
1 LED 510 Ohms

Because they were what I could get.

My led’s are 70,000 mcd not 5,000 mcd like a lot of what is out there. 10mm in size, most led’s are 5mm.

I got them from eBay http://stores.ebay.ca/TopBright-Led-Store

I see they even have brighter ones now.

Here’s a handy tool:

http://led.linear1.org/led.wiz

my six led bulb was put together as follows:



There is no noticeable heat. I used pieces of circuit board. I did not tape or glue them. I left space so that I can bend each led to direct the light. Mine actually touch the light cover.

The easiest way to try LED lighting is to use these Sylvania Dot it lights:
http://classbforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=21

Accidently left one on at home while I was away for two days - came back and it was still shining bright!

DOT•it lights include three replaceable AAA batteries that provide power for about 100 hours of bright, white LED light. The LEDs inside DOT•it lights will last for years.
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Old 01-28-2007, 01:03 AM   #2
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Here's a photo of my 9 "bulb" led light.

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I just order some 80,000mcd Warm White (3000K) Leds. Not that I got them for the camper, but for my 12volt MoonRays.

I've been playing with some Bright White ones and find there's a blue tinge to the light, where as the standard incandescent have an orange yellow glow.

I've noticed with compact fluorescents, that warm white give nicer light but cool white seems to be a lot brighter.
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I just bought some ready-made led bulbs on eBay. I haven't had a chance to try them yet but will report back.

They look a lot nicer than my homemade ones!



The back of the package:



The box indicates that they are 1.5 watts - by my calculations; 16 of these will draw the same amount of current as 1 regular 1156 incandescent RV bulb!

We like led lights in our RV but not everyone does. For the best of both worlds see my post on 50% LED Lighting here:

http://classbforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=580
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I like these new led bulbs!



There's a bit of of bluish tint compared to the very yellow incandescent.

These spread the light much better than my home-made ones. They were whiter though. With five of these new bulbs on (drawing about 1/3 of the current that one incandescent draws!) it's nicely lit up inside.

The incandescent are still brighter but I actually prefer the led's.

I got them here: http://stores.ebay.com/US-Home-Direct

I bought a 10 pack and have used 9. I might put the last one in the outside "porch" light.
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Hi marco,
I've searched high and low for a few days now trying to find replacement LED bulbs for the interior lights in the 190P. No luck at
CTC or Rona (Ontario), although CTC had coloured ones for tail lights etc..
Any idea where I might find a retailer who sells them? I know you got yours off Ebay, but I'm leery of online shopping. I've googled as many combinations of LED/bulbs/etc. and have found nothing local.
Also, I've been looking for a water pressure regulator fitting for the city water connection, same 2 places, same luck. It was suggested that some parks provide too much pressure, and RT doesn't have one built in according to their doc, so I'd like to install a bit of peace of mind. Anyone know where I might get one?

Thanks for any help, sorry to bother,
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Hi,
I found the pressure fitting at a local Home Hardware for $22.99 + tax. So never mind about it. Sorry, my fingers and impatience with less than helpful associates at "big box stores" has gotten the better of me.
If I find any retailers for the interior LEDs, I'll post it up. I think someone mentioned whether or not there were solar-powered strings of LEDs for their awnings. I did see some while searching for the interior lights, and they seem much more common than 1156s or 1141s for the inside.

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I've been a longtime user of online internet shopping. I have no qualms about it. There are just too many things available only via online that you simply cannot find locally. For instance the hitch receiver I recently bought was not available locally and a major hitch installing company, the Dodge dealer and the Pleasure-Way dealer all told me I would have to have a custom hitch made. The auxiliary AGM battery I bought to fit under my passenger seat was also not available in the Twin Cities, a 3 million people metro area.
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I'm sure it's (relatively) safer than 10 years ago, but I just can't get my head around places like E-Bay and the like. There's always a certain amount of trust involved in any remote transaction, be it over the phone, or the internet, but I still shy away from it. Besides, I want to see it first, to make sure it's what I want/need.

Oh well,
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LED lights are becoming more widely available.

I do not know of an "in store" source for you to try but I suggest trying marine / boating related stores. I have seen LED bulbs locally in marine shops. They might have wanted $25 per bulb though!

I recommend the eBay seller I got my latest batch from. Very easy transaction.

http://stores.ebay.ca/US-Home-Direct

I bought a wholesale lot of 10 bulbs. Ended up costing approx. $7 per bulb which included shipping to Canada.
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