Here is my thought. I think they are still to expensive, when they where still $14 per bulb. However 1 to 4 bulbs would still save a bit of battery power.
I have a 26 watt florescent light over my dinette, and it normally is the only light on inside. There is a 8 watt light over the kitchen sink, and that was normally left on to light up the living room while dry camping.
The only other lights that stay on much are the bathroom (about 1 hour per day) and bedroom (probably 6 hours a day, only because I have lots of surplus battery power).
I power all my light s with a solar system. I can replace 120 amp hours of use daily, and the basic load is only 35 AH to cover the propane and CO detectors and refrigerator. SO I have about 85 AH that I can use to run the furnace, lights, inverter, ect.
I think it is less expensive to buy and install a $265 195 watt solar panel, instead of spending a equal amount on LED lights. You will collect about 75 AH daily, and can use it on anything, not just the lighting.
So my incandescent lights only use about 8 AH per day, the florescent about about 2 AH per hour, or 12 per day, and maybe 20 more AH a day if I forget and leave the porch light on all night and the next day.
Still my 400 watt solar system keeps up with my use.
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I replaced all interior lights w LED's. I did so mainly to reduce heat and get more cool air. Cost is not a big deal if you buy on Ebay direct from China. I just bought five spares for under ten bucks. Another reason I did it was to free up power on the lighting circuits so I could add a ceiling fan.
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The claim is a 80% savings of current used to operate the LED SMD boards. Hugh power savings for your 20 plus bulb replacements.
There is also a hugh heat savings. The incandescent bulbs in my light fixtures run "VERY" hot and in time start discoloring my plastic fixtures.
Order just "TWO" of those LED 36-1210 SMD Warm White with three supplied adapters in the package that will fit most fixtures and see what you think. They only cost $4.99 a board from EBAY (China)..
These SMD boards do not have the built-in regulator chip for using with 8VDC to 30VDC battery source and operating spec is 12VDC-14VDC. These SMD boards do not emit RFI signals that might interfere with your HDTV or NOAH WX Alert Radio signals like most of the high dollar SMD boards do that incorporate the "BUCK BOOST" regulator chips.
I have mine operating now for almost two years and have only lost one three segment group of the 36 mounted LEDs on one board. If it starts getting to bad to see I will just change out the $4.99 board for a new one. Can't go wrong with that price... Mine arrived in less than a week...
Don't let the smaller size 36-LED SMD board alarm you. The SMD board is rated at 252 LUMENS I think I read.. Two boards mounted in the dual light fixture will give you the needed 400 LUMENS to duplicate the original light coming from the incandescent bulbs.
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I also purchased mine from Ebay and they were only $4 each when purchased in a ten pack. They work very well and my DW could not tell the difference as they provide the same type of light provided by the incandescents. We prefer camping off the grid anyway so this mod helps reduce the amount of generator use.
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