12v led caravan lights

  1. Rig Pig

    Rig Pig Member

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    I've just bought a new caravan, someone has had the bright idea of replacing the good old florescent lights with LED strip lights that provide around 1/5 the light of the old ones.
    Anyone got any recommendations for some decent LED fittings that are actually equal to the florescent lights? I've had a look on eBay and all the offerings on there look suspiciously similar to the rubbish I've got.
     
  2. DAPPH

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    In our old caravan I put new bulb holders in so we didn't have strip lights on the old caravan .

    On this current 7 yr old Bailey we put in super bright 12 v LED wide angle bulbs . That includes the door courtesy light … a beacon of hope in caravan sites


    Just seen this eBay thing ..it might be worth buying one just for experimenting eBay No 352897178620 . These might also be worth a punt if you use all four under a cupboard unit /shelf 383246069227
     
  3. Rig Pig

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    I don't think I could persuade the wife to have that in sight in the caravan! :laughing::laughing:
     
  4. DAPPH

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    Check out the edit addition to my post they look better .
    You could also make a simple frame with a Perspex cover to put the lights behind .
     
  5. Rig Pig

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    They may be better, the current ones are only a single row of LEDs.
     
  6. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    id be looking for a wide beam light more than a spot light with strip lights

    any motor home places near you or caravan places that sell new or used motor homes or caravans maybe worth a look at them with there new light systems in them

    we have a few near me

    an alternative would be to use the led strip instead if you have the uprails in your caravan as would give better hue light than blinding light

    i would also choose warm light instead of daylight leds

    they should be roughly the same as normal 240v led strip lights it should be easy enough to mod them down to 12v
     
  7. heldtogetherwithblutack

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    mount behind exsisting caravan flourescent light diffusers, 140mm and 170mm length versions, also great for under cupboard lighting worktops, boot space or under bonnet(although you'll need something better than double sided tape to mount), different colours for mood lighting AND more importantly, if you shop around and dont mind extended delay of China shipping, you two for a little more than a quid.
    (edit: Get a 6 pack and <52p ea. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153697479081)

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302963964508[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2020 at 3:37 AM
  8. carbon

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  9. earthman Member

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    Interesting to see how LED's have improved in general over the years, our camper came with nothing but LED lights already fitted, I can't fault them really. Previous motorhomes had say only one strip light that could only be used via 240 volt hook up, the rest were 12v power hungry bulbs. Lol
     
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  10. From Ebay I used 7 of these in my LWB Iveco van 323174782333. It's like daytime in there.
     
  11. RonA

    RonA specialist in repairing sealed for life equipment

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    Caravan fluorescents are actually quite efficient because the associated electronics to allow them to run on 12v boosts the operating frequency to about 20Khz, so swopping to LED would only achieve a small saving & in your case reduced light output.
    http://www.lamptech.co.uk/Documents/FL Frequency.htm
    I replaced all the 12V tungsten bulbs in my 10 year old Swift but left the fluorescent over the sink in place. My main motivation was arriving at camp sites only to find all the hook up points gone (despite having booked one). Now with a solar panel & inverter I am almost self sufficient for electricity. Originally I had 13 50w tungsten bulbs (admittedly not all on at the same time) but this has been reduced to 13 LEDs at 4.5W, which are actually brighter.
    RonA
     
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