Replaced LED lights in motorhome with… LEDs!

Itasca Navion IQ motorhome Our Itasca Navion IQ motorhome is 9 years old now.  The original lighting was 12v incandescent automotive bulbs.

A few years ago, I replaced much, but not all, of the incandescent lighting in the camper with the new LED lights that were available at the time. Most of the energy used in incandescent lights to make them glow is lost as heat. For the same brightness, today’s LED lighting uses less than 1/8 as much energy. This can make a difference on battery drain when you are boondocking away from utility connections.

Technological and manufacturing advances have resulted in LEDs that can produce brighter lights in a smaller package.

The 3 generations of lights used in our motorhome

The 3 generations of lights used in our motorhome

I replaced the old LEDs with 12 volt Efoxcity White LED automotive bulbs. The lights are intended for use in “backup light, tail light, stop light, parking light, side marker light, ect. and are a replacements for bulbs commonly used in cars, trucks, trailers, RVs, etc.”

The first set of LEDs that we used in the camper seemed a bit less bright than the original incandescent lights.  The newest LEDs are definitely brighter.  All of the photos below were taken with my camera in manual mode so that changes in light would not trigger an adjustment in the camera’s automatic settings. All four photos are unedited.

Lighting before new LEDs installed. There was one incandescent reading light on over the chair. It showed up in the mirror on the left as well.

(above) Lighting, looking forward, before new LEDs installed. There was one incandescent reading light on over the chair. It showed up in the mirror on the left as well. There was also an incandescent light on in the shower.

(below) After new LED was installed.  The lighting in the bathroom was changed out, including the incandescent bulb in the shower. The incandescent light over the chair is off.

After new LED was installed. The lighting in the bathroom was changed out, with one incandescent bulb in the shower replaced.

Before new LEDs installed in the motorhome.

Looking to the rear. (above) Before new LEDs installed in the motorhome.  (below) After new LEDs installed.

After new LEDs installed in the motorhome.

 

The cost of the ten bulbs when I bought them was $13.99 with no cost for shipping and handling as we are Amazon Prime members.

I liked these so well that I will be ordering additional LED lights to replace most of the rest of the lights inside the motorhome.

changes, energy, now that’s cool!, recreational vehicles
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  • Rummuser Nov 19, 2017

    I have replaced all the bulbs at home with LED bulbs since the last two years and the effect on my bill is showing. Since the replaced bulbs are still functioning, I think that the claims of long life also should result in further savings.
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    • Mike Nov 19, 2017

      All of ours had been replaced with the compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). Now as those die, which isn’t often, we’re replacing them with LEDs. The new track light in the quilting/computer room is all LED.
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