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Offline Seayfam

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Happy boondocker
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:34:28 PM »
I just got done installing my solar system and switched all my interior lights over to LED's. Wow what a difference in generator time!!! I had 80ea. 20w puck lights in the bus and switched over to 2w LED's that produce the same light as a 20w halogen. The only thing I don't like is the color of the light, it's a little bright white for me. I think this is a really good upgrade if you have the money and spend a lot of time boondocking like I do.

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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 04:53:50 AM »
I replaced 35 lights and the heat the old puck lights put off was huge . Now I don't mind leaving them on longer .                              dave
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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 05:28:18 AM »
Hi Gary, there are a few color temperatures available from the bright blue/white led light, you got, to the warm ambers at 3000 degrees, I think philips lighting has the color scheme chart, or you might try home depot, some may have the chart, lvmci...
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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2013, 09:09:41 AM »
   I have several of the lower temp/mood type and mixed with bright white ,it evens out.

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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2013, 09:11:37 AM »
Warm white LED's are available.  I like around 2800 degrees, which is the same light an incandescent puts off.  We currently use the screw in florescents in that range.  As mentioned, 3000 degrees is also considered warm white; it just is not quite as yellowish.  My theory is that we have evolved over thousands of years to have bright, white light during the day from the sun, but at night have become used to having yellowish light from fires, oil lamps, and candles.  Hence, having that white light at night will always seem odd to us.  
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Re: Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2013, 09:29:26 AM »
When I went in and bought mine, the only ones they had in stock were the natural white. I think I'll get online and see if I can't find some of the warm white at a good price. If I order about 40 of the warm, I could replace the bright ones in the places I want warm and use them in my bays and closets. We were out on a five day camping trip and the generator only came on once. Before we installed the solar and the LED's, we would have the gen come on a couple times a day. I have a mother inlaw that like to leave lights on >:(

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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 02:34:09 PM »
Hi Gary, I ordered a 12volt led bulb from amazon made by philips, with a great mount called a GU10 mount, it is two pronged, thicker than the longtime MR16 style prongs, and they have a bayonette style twist, making a more secure hold when the the lights are pointed downwards, but the phillips leds are only made in 120volt, and it was all a mistake, that is listing them as 12V, and they were $46 each, as it turns out toshiba does make 12volt leds in the GU10 base for $15, but I found another, led bulb source on ebay called lightingsaving, they have a 12v 3watt, gu10 led bulb for $13.80, I got the gu10 fixture from hd on clearance and the wife thinks its a pretty fixture, lvmci...
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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 05:30:02 PM »
      My fixtures are old RV with clear lenses. The square LED are much better than the bubble type.
     I have one 12V regular bulb, when it dies, in goes LED.
       

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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2013, 07:22:51 AM »
Hi All, an update, I received the LIGHTINGSAVINGS bulb for $13.50, from ebay, as it turns out its 5, thats five bulbs for $13.50, 12V GU10 base, great deal, here's the bulb and the GU10 mount base, lvmci...
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Re: Happy boondocker
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 09:28:14 AM »
I replaced the halogen/xenon 12 volt bulbs in my puck lights with round disc LED bulbs with 28 LEDs from Ebay.  I paid around $1.50 each for them shipped.  Menards sells the same style of LED replacement bulb for around $13 each.  I think I paid just about the same price for all 9 bulbs I got as for one bulb from Menards.

I didn't do this to save power as they don't get used much.  I did it because the halogen/xenon bulbs gets so hot.  The LED bulbs don't run as cool as I thought they would with 28 LEDs, but less than the old bulbs.
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