November 8, 2014 § 4 Comments
Some time ago we purchased a couple LED replacement bulbs for the lights we most often use. They are color corrected to mimic the yellowish incandescent bulbs which reduces the lumens output of the LED’S.
The reduction in 12 volt battery draw is amazing – from almost 2 amps to less than 1/2 amp.
The brightness of the bulbs depends mostly on the number of LED’s they are able to cram together.
They first assemble LED’s in groups or rows then solder the groups together. This makes for some very tedious soldering and it is common for one or more groups to lose power usually by cycling on and off before failing completely. Ours did exactly that and are now dim.
We started looking for new LED’s and thought we might find some at Quartzsite. Our neighbor said he had good luck buying from a certain rv supply store for $11. Before we could visit there, we spotted a vendor’s tent with a small sign that said $5 LED’s so I went inside. All he had were white uncolor corrected. He said he couldn’t sell the color corrected ones and threw them away. When I told him Peg would not put up with the white ones, he handed me a $4 white one to take home and use.
It’s easier to read with the white ones but if we were to actually use them, we would want the more expensive $6 model that has more LED’s installed and therefore more lumens output. I have no idea what the $5 LED sign referred to.
The jury is still out but Peg is still using the freebie so the white ones might be in our future.