LED internal bulbs for caravans.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 17:44
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My van has 19 internal halogen lamps mounted as down lights. They have the G4 type of bulb, two pins protruding from one end, which push into a corresponding female fitting into the lamp base. They have a 10 Watt output.

I would like convert these to LED , but are not sure what to purchase, as there are many brands out there, at varying prices---- $5.00 to $16.00 ea. Will be a tad expensive if I decide to replace them all at once at the $16.00 mark. May be I will do it gradually, a few at a time.

Also what does the 10 Watt output convert to into either Kelvin or Lumens which is mentioned in the advts. I am not sure what Kelvin or Lumens are exactly , all I want is to have a replacement LED with the same light output.

Is there anyone out there can help me, I don't mind if you are a business member or person or not. All suggestions gratefully received. Regards G.T.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 19:13

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 19:13
I purchased LEDs from ledshoponline.com
Their MR11 line of bulbs fit the G4 downlight socket and they have these in 6, 9 and 12 SMD configurations.
They say that their 9 SMD units give as much light as a 10 w Halogen
When I purchased mine in 2009 the largest I could get was the MR11 configured to 6 SMD.
At the time I paid $19 each. I would buy a 9 SMD and a 12SMD and trial them.
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Reply By: - Johny boy (NSW) - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:46

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:46
Hi GT,
I replaced all of mine which are the same type from a place called Vanline they are at 6/11 swaffham rd Minto in SYD (02) 9603-9200 I think I only paid about $5 each for those, Hope this helps?

Cheers John.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:56

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 20:56
I've just replaced our bed reading lamp globes in the van (the originals are MR16 format 10W halogen - all others lights in the van are LED - I did this to avoid the high heat levels of the halogens) - Bunnings have heaps of them to choose from - I went with a 5.5W - 310 lumen 'Brilliant' brand, designated as MR16/GU5.3 - about $9.50 each. While flagged as 'warm white' they are extremely bright and my guess is they are brighter than the original halogens - a further guess is that 3W-4W might be an equivalent for the 10W halogen.
My readings suggest that trying to evaluate light values across the various globes and modes based on W = brightness is hopeless - very much a 'suck it and see' scenario. BTW - Bunnos did have some 3W's there on a run out special for $5.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:54

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 at 21:54
You can get MR11 LED downlights on Ebay for as little as $2 each.

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Follow Up By: rooster350 - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 15:55

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 15:55
Purchased ours on Ebay , did all of the lights in the van for around $20 or so...came from China (what doesnt these days) and have had no trouble with them...cheers
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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:23

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:23
Just remember that when deciding on the globe to buy...'warm white' is a yellowish white & 'daylight' OR 'cool white' is a brilliant white (my choice)
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:51

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 08:51
As a side note I trialled some warm white and cool white LEDs over Easter in the outback and the cool whites had bugs swarming to them whereas the warm white had next to none
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:03

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 at 09:03
Kelvin relates to the temperature range of the light (warm white, cool white etc) and Lumens is a measure of the light output. So to get a similar result from LED lights you will need to match these figures if possible.
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