Originally Posted by Photog
LED tends to be too blue, and not very useful, unless you can find white/soft-white.
The white LED's use more power to produce the same amount of light, so it may be a wash, compared to fluorescent.
Also, LEDs are typically more expensive up front, than the other 2 types of mainstream lighting,
but are physically more durable, and will last considerably longer than filamented bulbs or
fluorescents, barring manufacturing defects. They're pretty much shock proof which might be
another advantage in an automotive application.
They also can be used as a swap in replacement, in most incandescent light fixtures without
any modifications, unlike adding specialized ballasts or mounts for additional fluorescent lighting.
As far as the LED color or efficiency goes, everything I've ever read puts LEDs as the leader in lowest
power draw. Granted, they aren't as bright as their fluorescent or incandescent cousins, but they
might save you some valuable battery power. I find all of mine bright enough, and not overly blue,
but I requested warm white when I ordered them.
There's a decent online retailer called SuperBrightLeds that has all shapes and sizes of 12VDC LED
replacement bulbs if you decide to go that way. I used them to obtain some of mine, some festoon
lights for the cab and door steps, and a smaller wedge base for over the range burners. I still have
the 2 cab map lights as incandescents as we hardly ever do any reading in the van, and if we do, it's
usually something map or navigation related.
Like Ron says, you might want to consider a portable generator, if you've got someplace to store it inside.
I've seen a few rigs with them bolted to the rear end of their vans, or just sitting in a rear
external storage cage or mesh basket. Usually with a 20 lb. propane tank right beside it.
No idea if the propane is for the generator or not. Just a thought.