Well I will soon be testing the waters on converting my PC florescent fixtures to LED. My goal is to do it right and do it cheap. After much research, I ordered a 5 meter reel of LED lighting that can be cut to length. Here is the reel.
Our 2007 2350 has 9 florescent fixtures anticipating the reel will be enough for all. I hope to achieve the following.
- reduce power consumption from 16 watts to 5.4 watts per fixture
- change from the florescent blue color to a soft warm white tone
- offer the same light intensity of 800 lumens per fixture
- utilizing the original fixtures means all mountings and screw holes are unchanged with no scars in the ceiling or elsewhere
- total investment for all 9 fixtures will be only $12.05
It will involve a significant amount of fixture modification but our fixtures are constructed to handle the modification well. Everything florescent including sockets, unclip out making it clean to install the LED light strips and wire them up. The new strips are 12v so it will be a simple soldering of 2 red and 2 black wires to the switch, and then from there to the PC wire tail with wire nuts. I will need to experiment to determine the best surface within the fixture to stick on the 2 LED strips (one per florescent bulb position). Our fixtures provide 3 surface options, straight down, 45 degree outward, and 45 degree inward.
My LED selection HERE
was based on THIS
information which I summerized below.
- the LED number is the physical size of the LED ex: 5050 = 5mm x 5mm
- older LED technology (5050 and 3528) consume more power
- older LED 5050 chips have 3 leds inside it, 3528 has only one
- newer technology LEDs 3020 and 3014 offer more lumens with less power
After I get one light fixture done right, I will document the process.