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 51 
 on: August 25, 2014, 03:17:48 pm 
Started by Bruce and Sharon - Last post by ron.dittmer
Birthday wishes to both!

 52 
 on: August 25, 2014, 03:16:21 pm 
Started by Dave & Julie - Last post by ron.dittmer
Welcome!

 53 
 on: August 25, 2014, 12:10:48 pm 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Okay, I now have accurate technical data to share.  I took an extra LED strip & a single circuit to work.  One of the electrical engineers here measured power consumption at various voltages, 12V battery voltage being the focus for boon docking considerations.

My strip is at max length that will fit inside my florescent fixtures.
- 33 LED strip (11 circuits with 3 LEDs per circuit)
- measured at 12 volts
- watts is 4.17 per strip (8.34 per fixture) compared to the original 16 watt florescent fixtures
- Measuring the separate single circuit of 3 LEDs was only 0.312 watts meaning the total would be 3.4 watts per strip (6.8 watt per fixture) .  So there is quite a lot of variation from LED circuit-to-circuit and fixture-to-fixture.

I wonder if the 8 Watt bulbs in the florescent fixtures consider the transformer circuitry.  Had I thought of it earlier, I would have brought in an unmodified florescent fixture for an accurate comparison.  Maybe florescent fixtures vary like the LED fixtures.

I am glad I installed the strips at maximum length for more light given our dark cherry cabinets.  If we had the light maple cabinets, I would consider shorter strips from 33 to 27 LEDs per strip, to reduce power by 18%

Another point to note is how the LEDs perform at various voltages.
dead at 7 volts
dim at 8 volts
normal at 9 volts
a little brighter with each additional volt up to 14 volts

 54 
 on: August 25, 2014, 11:31:30 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by ron.dittmer
Congratulations Janey! I'm glad it finally worked out for you and you are happy with your new baby.
Congrats & Welcome from me too! 

 55 
 on: August 25, 2014, 10:30:52 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Congratulations Janey! I'm glad it finally worked out for you and you are happy with your new baby.

 56 
 on: August 25, 2014, 10:07:34 am 
Started by aimee - Last post by bentgypsy
Hi Jim....I'm in the Black Canyon area of the Gunnison until approx. Sept. 4 with my fully loaded 2014 2350. I will be in Pueblo  for a day around Sept. 6.
Let me know if you want to see it.
Steve Hallack

 57 
 on: August 25, 2014, 09:30:35 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Ron, sounds like your project is successful, so far.  What are the finished lumens? for the "day" full on setting, and for the "evening" night light strip?  The strips I am looking at for my "evening" lighting project are approximately 6.5 lumens per LED, so I'm trying to plan how many and how to disperse them.  How about photos of your finished fixtures with lens covers off and on.
I had originally calculated the conversion to have the same lumens of 800 per fixture.  The fixtures ended up being brighter for what I think is two reasons.  My old florescent fixtures had seen some good use so the bulbs had developed dark ends meaning they had lost some light output.  Also, I was able to add a few more LEDs than originally planned.  The fixture allowed for longer strips so I took advantage of it and glad I did.

Yes, I will post pictures of the rig fully illuminated, illuminated with the night setting, and close-up pictures, one lit with lens on, and one turned off without a lens so you see how I installed the long strips and the night light strip.  I first need to clean up.  I've been messing around in there with lots of stuff out of place and some construction debris had come down when removing the fixtures.

 58 
 on: August 25, 2014, 09:07:38 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by ron.dittmer
Neat project, Ron!  We have cherry cabinets as well and I might take a look at those LED's.  One difference in our rigs I think, is ours came with three way switches....bright, low and off.

  - Mike
When I learned of the 3-way lighting in the newer rigs, it got my head gears moving.  Our rig is a 2007.  I don't know when the factory switched to 3-way lighting.  That low-light feature is a very nice interior compliment.

 59 
 on: August 25, 2014, 08:10:39 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by AMW
Ron, sounds like your project is successful, so far.  What are the finished lumens? for the "day" full on setting, and for the "evening" night light strip?  The strips I am looking at for my "evening" lighting project are approximately 6.5 lumens per LED, so I'm trying to plan how many and how to disperse them.  How about photos of your finished fixtures with lens covers off and on.

 60 
 on: August 25, 2014, 12:02:18 am 
Started by ron.dittmer - Last post by Pax
Neat project, Ron!  We have cherry cabinets as well and I might take a look at those LED's.  One difference in our rigs I think, is ours came with three way switches....bright, low and off.

  - Mike

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