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Kountryguy

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Posted: 06/15/12 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wish they made them with a BA15S adapter so I could just plug into replace my 1141 bulbs

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Kountryguy wrote:

I wish they made them with a BA15S adapter so I could just plug into replace my 1141 bulbs


I searched ebay for that base, led, warm white and got 4 pages.

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There is lots more in bright white including one that has 120 SMD LEDs for $5. I might just change the scare lights socket.


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Any idea how these will handle the higher charger voltages from our chargers(14vdc+) yet?

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nstate wrote:

Any idea how these will handle the higher charger voltages from our chargers(14vdc+) yet?


That may be a issue and you may need to get the other type that limits the voltage.
I can get away with these because I run a genny in the day and the lights at night, so no voltage issues there.

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nstate wrote:

Any idea how these will handle the higher charger voltages from our chargers(14vdc+) yet?


That may be a issue and you may need to get the other type that limits the voltage.
I can get away with these because I run a genny in the day and the lights at night, so no voltage issues there.

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Back in August of last year (2011) this same question came up, so being an electronics engineer I decided to run some tests. The results are presented in this post.

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As you can see I ran the test package up to 17 volts. While I would not recommend doing that extensively (they did get hot to the touch) they survived the test and are still in service with no failures.

I have converted all of my interior fixtures (15) to the LED panels and have had no failures to date with about 200 days in service. (Over the winter I parked the trailer at a friend's house that they were rebuilding and they lived in it for 5 months.)

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* This post was edited 06/21/12 02:59pm by Dave-Sparky *


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We are up using both sets of leds and are very happy. No failures yet.

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I converted all five lights in my pop-up to LED this year and like the results. I chose a blue color because it feels brighter to me than the warm white lights. I used the 3M VHB tape too and it works flawlessly, but I stuck the VHB to the white tape the LED's came with and that's starting to fail. Next time I use the pop-up I will remove the white stuff and replace with VHB.

Another idea I have is to put a small wedge under two of them to direct more light into the middle of the trailer. It gets pretty dim in the middle, especially when I'm washing dishes at the galley. I got this idea when one of the LED panels came loose and ended up at an angle against the fixture lens. It cast light right where I needed it! Time to make it permanent! I'll try to post pics for those interested. In the mean time, here's the LED pics:





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Thank you for the test Dave.

After using ours for 10 days boondocking, I have to say I'm thrilled. We have used the small battery lights for 25 years and it was so nice just hitting a switch and not worrying about it.

We used the 9 SMD LEDs more than the panels. Two of the double fixtures stayed on for 4 hours every night most nights. Above the dinette the brighter panel was good but any where else they were over kill honestly.

I did get a look at the scare light and its the right base to try a 120 LED bulb for $5. The incandescent in it only lights the awning area and it's dark in the boonies. Should any of you have a suggestion....

Oh yeah, I turned on all 16 lights in the TT last night for pictures. It gave me a headache.

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Thanks JiminDenver, I ordered just one light and got it in the mail today, I am going to test it out in the next week or so. And it is YOUR thread that got me to try it!


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