The LED One Distribution team has some suggestions to help you enjoy LED lighting in your RV. Fall has arrived and it’s prime time to spend time enjoying the beautiful fall foliage in your RV. Every day, the days are getting shorter, so you’ll find yourself relying on lighting more every day.
LED lighting, or ‘Light Emitting Diode’ has been around for quite a few years. Its development has come a long way and is now more affordable and sturdy. It’s perfect for use in your RV.
Why Should I Change My RV Lighting to LED?
You’re finally taking time off to enjoy camping. You want to enjoy some quiet time before winter sets in. You’re having a great time, but the days keep getting shorter. It’s only 8 PM and everything is already dark! You’re not ready for bedtime, but don’t want to drain all your power running the lights. But wait, there’s an easy solution to resolve the problem. Yep, you guessed it! – LED lights to the rescue.
LED lights will give you more lighting, using less energy. Let’s take a look at your incandescent light power usage. A typical 12-volt incandescent light used in an RV draws 1.6 amps of power. If your RV has 30 of these bulbs you’re pulling 48 amps of power. If these bulbs were converted to LED lighting you’d get better lighting and use only 3.5 amps of power. That’s an amazing energy saving. Yes, LED lights cost more, but you’ll make up the difference with their longer life – up to 10 years, and the energy savings. If you’re renting a space you can save a lot of money on energy usage. If you’re dry camping, off-grid, watching your energy usage is critical. You can enjoy bright, clean lighting without draining your battery or solar power.
Most RV lighting uses incandescent or halogen lighting. While the lighting is good the lights also generate a lot of heat. You don’t want to keep your air conditioner running as the lights are heating the cabin area.
How to These Lights in Your RV
The LED lighting is available in different color temperatures. They are available in a ‘cool’ white has lighting in the blue color range you’d expect to see from a fluorescent bulb. ‘Warm’ tones are similar to the yellow or orange tones you’d see with an incandescent bulb. Natural white duplicates natural daylight color tones.
There are a lot of special lights made for RV’s. Lighting is made for your awning, your head, and taillights, and can even be motion sensitive or to repel bugs. There are a variety of ways you can use LED lighting in your RV such as:
- LED floor or table lighting – Battery operated floor or table lights are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Most of these use 4 ‘C’ batteries and are very popular with users.
- LED Cabinet lights or LED Rope Lights – Strip lights come in a variety of colors. They are easy to install under the kitchen cupboards. Use rope lighting to mark walkways to exits or bathrooms.
- LED Stick-on ‘tap’ lights – These round, battery operated lights are popular for use everywhere. Closets, cupboards, under the sink – anywhere you need a little extra light.
- Solar Ice Rocks – these lights are usually used outdoors for evening lighting. Consider using them inside after charging their solar power during the day.
No special tools are needed to install LED lighting. Just unscrew your existing lighting, and screw in the new lighting. It’s as simple as that. Before you head to the store take time to count the number of lights you need to change over.
Give Us a Call
If you have any questions about using LED lights, call our LED One Distribution team. We are always here to help with any LED light related questions you might have.