Thursday, January 23, 2014

LED Lights

If you are good with a soldering iron and tools, and have a few hours on your hands, you can replace all the lights with LED’s for less the $100.

Search on eBay search for <LED, roll, 5050, 300>. That should get you to rolls of LED’s that can be cut to length. I bought 1 roll of cool white and 1 roll of warm and that was enough to do all the fixtures in my MB using 2 strips cool and 1 warm per fixture.

I used these to convert the incandescent fixtures: using up to 3 to 5 of them for the fixtures I wanted brightest (like the one over the bathroom mirror, and only 1 for the light in the shower. Note that with breathing protection, you can use a grinder to “remove” one row of LED’s on each end of the board to make the board short enough to fit within the night light fixtures near the floor. 3 are attached to a thin piece of plastic (cut from a white milk jug) to fit inside the lens cover for the porch light. Note that the bayonet socked adapter provided in the kit is too small to fit the socket in the LD light fixture, so the sockets were removed and the LED board plug and pigtails wire in directly (solder and shrink tubing insulation).

For the florescent fixtures, I used one roll of this (two strips for each light fixture) : along with one strip of the warm white LED’s (3 strips of LED’s for each light).
Note that even though I cleaned the mounting surface of the light reflector with alcohol, it was necessary to also glue down the ends of the strips with a hot melt glue gun to keep them from coming loose. I did every fixture except the two over the bunk, as we never use those, though I have enough LED’s left over to convert them also.


"Andy, thanx for the link. On a related note, do you have any preference(s) for LED replacements for both the overhead incandescent and fluorescent lights?"

Sure! Eureka contains two articles on this topic. The first covers LED replacements for incandescent bulbs:

The second is a detailed step-by-step description of installing LED strips in a fluorescent fixture:

Both articles include specific product recommendations and links to vendors. Hope you find them helpful!

Andy Baird