This post replaces a large disorganized post in the general forum.
We own a 2007 2350 which was equipped with nine florescent light fixtures. We never appreciated the ambiance they offer, and they resonate at times. I wanted to convert the fixtures to warm emitting LED technology to improve the ambiance and reduce power. Converting-versus-replacing was primarily chosen to control cost and to avoid imprints on the ceiling fabric and have old mounting holes visible from mounting different style fixtures.
The project is complete with results as follows.
- total investment to convert all nine fixtures was around $32 (~$3.50 per fixture)
- the original florescent fixtures used 9 watts of power, now converted to warm LED using less than half at 4.33 watts.
- added an LED night light into each of the 9 fixtures
- if not adding a night light, you can do this 9 fixture project quick and easy for only $12 ($1.33 per fixture)
How It Was Accomplished...
I bought two 5 meter long reels of self-sticking LED strips on ebay HERE
for around $12 per reel. I used only a little from the 2nd reel needed for the night light circuits.
LEDs are grouped in 3's with a shared resistor to power them. You can see the the individual 3 yellow LEDs & 1 black resistor circuits here.
I bought 20 (but needed only 9) 3-way switches HERE
for around $9. They snap into the same hole as the original white colored 2-way switches. The 3-ways were needed to also control the night-light. No need to buy the switches if not adding the night light. Just reuse the original switches.
Here is one of the nine original florescent fixtures with all the florescent components removed. De-soldering of the switch from the circuit board was required.
Here is an assembled fixture with LED strips installed. I selected the angled surfaces for they had a flat surface to bond to, and they aim the light better.
Note the 3-way switch in the center/off position. Also note the tiny 3-LED night light circuit on the side.
The adhesive backed strips slowly peeled off over time at the ends, so I added a dab of clear silicone caulk on the ends (not seen) as an adhesive. The LED strips now stay in place.
Here is a fully lit LED fixture. They turned out to be too bright, lighting up the interior of the rig so much that it was hard on the eyes. The contrast at night was just too much. This fully-lit unit used 6 watts of electricity.
To reduce the brightness and power consumption, I disabled every 3rd LED group by de-soldering their associated chip resistor. This reduced light and power by 28%. I did this on all fixtures throughout the interior except over the bed. The results were very good with each fixture using 4.33 watts of power.
This fixture has every-other group of 3-LEDs deactivated which reduced power & light by 45%, now using only 3.33 watts of power. I did this only on the two fixtures under the hanging cabinets over the bed. Given the smaller area, they provide better lighting for reading and such. It is also much nicer just laying in bed facing less light.
Here is the single circuit 1/3 watt night light. It is more than a glow, but much less light than this picture illustrates.
If this picture was true to reality, I would have mounted only two circuits, one on each end for a 2/3 watt light fixture.
Another LED conversion to reduce power by 90% was very simple by replacing standard bulbs with equivalent LED bulbs. Unfortunately I don't remember the cost, but it wasn't cheap. I bought 3-twin packs and replaced all my regular bulbs throughout the rig, both inside and outside. I figure it's best to do all in case I accidentally left one on for example, the outdoor storage compartment or at the Sanicon.
Here is our porch light with new LED. Inside the fixture, I got even more light than before by adding reflective industrial aluminum to better reflect the light outward. It is extra "outward directional" light so it's not blinding when standing underneath it.