We own a 2007 2350 originally equipped with 9 interior twin-tube florescent light fixtures. We never liked the ice-blue ambiance they provided, and they resonate or flicker when the batteries are less than perfect. I wanted to convert the fixtures to warm emitting LED technology to improve the ambiance and to reduce battery power consumption. I decided to convert the fixtures rather than replacing them to avoid imprints on the ceiling and also some holes left behind. I also wanted to convert to LED without spending a lot of money. Here are the details.
- Total investment to convert all 9 fixtures was around $32 or about $3.50 per fixture.
- The original florescent fixtures used 9 watts of power. My conversions of two different light intensities reduced power consumption by 55% & 66%.
- The cost included an LED mood light into each of the 9 fixtures which are rated at less than 1/3 of a watt.
If I did not add a mood light into each of the 9 fixtures, the project would have been much faster and easier and cost only $12 total, or $1.33 per fixture. This because I would need fewer LEDs and also reuse my original white 2-way switches.
I bought two 5 meter long reels of self-stick LED strips on ebay HERE
for around $12 per reel at the time. I selected the "Warm White" LED option. The LEDs are grouped in 3's with a shared resistor to power them. Each group of three is less than a 1/3 watt circuit. You can see the individual 3 yellow LEDs & 1 black resistor circuits here.
Bought in a package of 20 for around $9 at the time, HERE
are the 3-way switches needed for adding mood lights. They snap into the same hole as the original white colored 2-way switches.
Here is a fixture with all the florescent parts removed. I needed to unsolder the switch from the circuit board to remove the circuit board.
Here is an LED converted fixture. I selected the angled surfaces for a good flat surface to bond to, and they aim the light more outward.
Note the 3-way switch in the center/off position. Also note the tiny 3-LED mood light circuit on the side. Months later I learned that the adhesive backed strips started peeling off at the ends so I added a dab of clear silicone caulk on the ends as an adhesive which worked out very well.. The caulk is not seen because the pictures were taken prior.
Here is a fully lit 6 watt LED fixture. It was way too bright, lighting the interior of the rig so much that it hurt our eyes, but READ ON.
For most fixtures inside, I reduced the light intensity by disabling every third 3-LED circuit by un-soldering their supporting chip resistors to make a 4.4 watt light fixture.
Notice the LED group in the lower-left area is drooping. As I mentioned earlier, I later added dabs of clear silicone caulk to prevent this from happening.
Where less light was needed like in the bedroom area, I disabled every-other 3-LED circuit for a 3.3 watt light fixture which is one third that of the original florescent fixtures.
For the fixture over the dinning table, I added a POT (potentiometer) to dim the light as desired. I would not add the POT on every fixture, but it is nice to dim the light over the dining table.
Here is the single 3-LED mood light which is roughly 1/3 of a watt. Don't be fooled by this picture. It is so much LESS light than this picture is showing. We like to turn on the mood light on every fixture where regular lighting is not needed. Doing so uses so little electricity yet makes our the entire PC very warm and friendly. We don't stumble around in the dark, and often never need to turn on regular lights just to get something. When going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, we turn on the mood light in there instead of the regular light for eye sensitivity, and to keep us from fully waking up.
NOTE: Power ratings of each LED arrangement was measured using very expensive electronic lab equipment by a highly skilled electrical engineer. Thank you Jason H. for doing that for me.
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.
Here is our porch light with new LED. I was able to make it brighter yet by adding aluminum behind the bulb to better reflect the light outward.