LED Lighting - Caravan

Submitted: Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 11:03
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Has anyone converted their inefficient incandescent interior lights in their Jayco's to LED's?? I think they are a T10 type wedge bulb??

With the young kids we leave one of the lights on during the night and this obviously chews the battery power. I would like to change the bulb to one of those "superbright" LEDs but am worried that they won't be anywhere near bright enough to light up the van.

Don't really want to change the actual roof mounted lights...bulbs are cheap!!

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 13:49

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 13:49
I have done this on my boat and I went through hell to source some really bright LED bulbs. I am going to resort back to the original bulbs the boat came with ( I changed some 20 bulbs to LED). The LED's are too white in their light output and in my opinion do not provide the equivalent light output. The original bulbs are much warmer and nicer IMHO.

I have sinced up my battery capacity so I don't worry about what is turned on anymore.
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:07

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:07
Hi Hughesy,
Thinking of doing something similar there is a good web site http://longlucas.bravehost.com/ and seems a lot have done similar on the CMCA site.

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:18

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:18
Hughesy ,
I have been checking this site out , but as yet have not purchased anything .
Willie .

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:42

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 15:42
Hughsey, my Karavan has LEDs fitted as standard in several positions. they are quite adequate in most circumstances. The bedhead lights are halogen lights and really aren't as adequate in comparison as the angle of light there needs to be focussed.

For a lot of reading I think I prefer a stronger light, but that may indicate older eyes. Nah, I am not a Senior yet. ;-)))) Nearly.
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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 18:02

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 18:02
Fluro's will give you more bang for your bucks and put out heaps more light the LED's and can be just as efficent.

LED's are over stated.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 22:31

Friday, Jan 11, 2008 at 22:31
Hi Hughsey

We have. Initially replacing the reading lights with LEDs to fit the same fittings. We were able to purchase bulbs in a variety of LEDs (more LEDs means more light) from USA and China, but could not get fittings. The 'tail' is readily available from lighting stores, and my husband used plastic boxes from DSE to mount them in. We have moved from the direct and bluish cool white types to spreader in warm white which gives a more natural light. I am happy to read under the LEDs as they are bright where they directly reach the page, and they are barely visible from outside - an advantage when we bush camp. They draw next to no power.


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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H (WA) - Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 01:54

Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 01:54
I built my own lights using the info on the wesite further up the page.
It consisted of soldering 36 x 140,000 mcd led's. I have had very little electronics experience but it was so easy. I converted all three of my bus lights. Total cost was about $120.

I still have a heap of led's left so I'm going to build some more for various places.
Light output is great.

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Reply By: Wizard1 - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 09:48

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 09:48
At around $30 for a LED replacement for each halogen globe I think not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Hughesy (NSW) - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:17

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:17
Hi Wizard, not sure if I'm looking at the wrong sites but every site I looked up the replacement LED's range from $2 - $15 depending on type???
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:26

Monday, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:26
I've replaced the 5 interior lights in my Pajero with LED bulbs - much brighter and use one fifth the power.

But you have to make sure you use the modern LEDs - they are SO much brighter than last years models.

I can recommend this place 12 volt LED lights
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