replacing lights with LED's

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 04:14
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Has anyone replaced their interior lights with LED"S and if so did you get one that would cover the existing light fittings (holes).
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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 08:26

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 08:26
Have replaced the flouro over the dining area with 2 strips of LED's from "The 12 Volt Shop" or similar at Pooraka in Adelaide. Used the same base plate and lens/diffuser cover, had to rivet the LED strips to the cover and use a new toggle switch in the end, so it looks nearly like a "Designed" fitting. Now the light is so good we can read the "bar code" on the Mozzies probiscus before it tries to bite us. Will wait until our Christmas trip to see how it goes before deciding to do any others. It was about half the price of a new replacement flouro !

Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Reply By: Toyman - Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 20:32

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 20:32
I put in four of these
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/310340906656?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
They fit nicely as they were almost the same measurements as my Fluros, even used one of the same screw holes.
John

PS Ask for a better price on four.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 22:29

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 22:29
Why are you replacing the interior lights? The difference in power usage is insignificant compared to the serious power users, e.g, the fridge.

We experimented with both and didn't like the color of the light for permanent usage.

We did replace two of our exterior annex lights with yellow leds and that eliminated 95% of the bugs that are attracted to light.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 23:45

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 23:45
Jay, can you give details of the yellow lights you chose please?

And I must say, I think you've been selling yourself short as a non-DIYer.

Just about every post you put up now has some of your handiwork on display.

Well done. We will all be referring to you for advice soon.

cheers (it's satisfying to do these things yourself isn't it?)

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Follow Up By: Mobi Condo - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 07:24

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 07:24
Jay - sort of agree there, with regard to the power etc, infact the 2 strips use the same power as the fluoro judging by the read of the Solar / battery control unit on the wall, but the one we did was because the 5 year old fluoro was playing up, we were onto our 2nd globe/tube in the fitting and the LED way was a cheaper replacement than to buy the same as the original fluoro. We suspect that there was some sort of problem with the little circuit board arrangement.
The 2 LED strips really give a brilliant light to read with etc - much better than the original fluoro.
Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Follow Up By: Toyman - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 20:45

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 20:45
Jay,
Because I can.
In my case ours is a 5 year old Van and a fluro failed, and one cover was cracked.
The lights we chose are more modern in looks and do use less power.
We don't all have the powerhouse you have, so "insignificant" is not applicable.

John
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Follow Up By: Toyman - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 20:53

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 20:53
As an aside to the yellow lights Jay has mentioned.
"So why the yellow light?

I’ve heard a lot of explanations for this; it burns their eyes, they get confused, Do yellow light bulbs really keep bugs away?reminds them of the sun so they think it’s day time but the truth is not quite as exciting. The fact is that they just can’t see certain colors and yellow is one of them. Now this does not include all bugs but enough of them to make a huge difference in the numbers you would normally see with a white light. "

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Reply By: Luvntravln - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 00:08

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 00:08
Thanks Steve, yes it is satisfying; however, you have no idea how many times I pout the hole etc in the wrong place, had to patch, paint, redo, etc.

The lights are yellow nine-light squares; 3 squares in each of the lights.

Contact Keith at http://www.ledshoponline.com/PCB_LED_boards.htm

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Follow Up By: Luvntravln - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 00:10

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 00:10
Boy will I be glad when we finally get a grown-up website!

Anyway,


Email: info@ledshoponline.com
Web: www.ledshoponline.com
Phone: 61 7 40962838 or 07 40962838 inside Australia
Fax: 61 7 35039374 or 07 35039374 inside Australia
Address: The LED SHOP PO Box 379 Herberton 4887 QLD Australia
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Follow Up By: Motley - Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 08:46

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 08:46
I've Googled "grown up website" but am none the wiser.

Do you have some specific detail?
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Reply By: Googs & Zelda - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 04:08

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 04:08
Hi Peppismum,
We have changed all our interior lighting to LED its the best thing we have ever done. If you go to www.sidewinder.com.au have a look through there, click on fixed lights, if you scroll down 4-5 sections you will see the ensuite light which is stainless steel, the only thing I had to do with this was drill the hole for the switch, other than that perfect fit. Scroll down a couple more sections you will see the light we used to replace all other flouro's 12v DC 0.25A 36LED lights they cover up where the old flouros were and give out great light. A big power saving well worth the effort. They have a toggle switch on the side, they are the perfect fit in our opinion.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 21:01

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 21:01
John, I do not have any bigger "power house" than anyone else! I just use a lot of power and the price is, when necessary, to run the genny. I rather run the genny than do without.

We have 4 batteries and 5 panels.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 09:38

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 09:38
Hi Mate, its been awhile. Sorry we didn't get to catch up at Quorn!

"Grown Up Website:

Perhaps the ability to:

Preview posts
Edit posts
Delete posts

Emoticons are cool too

A phpBB interface would work quite well

That is a good start!
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Follow Up By: Toyman - Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 21:01

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 21:01
I might as well thread steal a bit more.
Yesterday, I did a search on both Forums for my cleaning post and had zero results.
Before posting it asks for you to do a search, when trying that search box it came up with three results ???

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 at 00:48

Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 at 00:48
The search functions on this Forum have deteriorated to being virtually useless.

The one with various options at the top of the Forum always returns zero results even when I search for a term in the post immediately below it and using the single window search function means I can go away, boil the kettle, mow the lawn and clean and grease all my wheel bearings before it completes its job.

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Reply By: R & R - Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 17:24

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 17:24
thanks for all the replies
a great help. We have ordered the L.E.D.lights
Robin & Ros
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