Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (2023)

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blogadmin Leave a Reply 40 comments Gerald Strickland L.E.D. lamps are great but not worth the price of replacing the entire taillight assembly (in my opinion). This is my 4th motor home and I have never had to replace a tail light bulb. Once I thought a bulb had burned out but it was simply a bad ground. On the other hand, I have had to replace interior bulbs, porch light and security light bulbs. July 16, 2009 William As a retired over the road driver I can tell you I was ecstatic to see the LED light come out on the Big Rigs. I can tell you the industry would not have put them on there fleet if it were a fad. I respect the other comments but for safty there should never be a cost issue. The trick to staying out of an accident whether your pulling 80K Lbs on a Low Boy or a small camp trailer is to #1 Be seen by other drivers and then the speed and other issues. I feel anything you can do for safty is worth it as did the trucking industry. July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut Gerald Strickland, I appreciate your position on this, however, there are people that have had tail light issues. Water entering the assembly has been common on some designs. But, apart from that, many people would probably pay $250/300 to add them, and that’s just for personalizing, let alone the other benefits. Thank you for sharing your valuable opinion on this topic and for your input. July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut William, It is great to hear from a person that drove professionally. Your opinion is very interesting and obviously important. Thank you for your comment and input. July 16, 2009 Mort UPDATE!!!!!There are many manufacturers of LED bulbs that will fit your present lights without replacing the whole unit at a fraction of the cost. Just Google LED taillights. Mort July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut Mort, Great point, but many are too small and can result in “not-so bright” operation. But, certainly, you are right, some will work. Part of the custom application though may be to change the non-lite look, smoked, black, clear, etc. Thanks though for the great tip and your excellent input. July 16, 2009 Art I pull a trailer that for all piratical purposes blocks my Coach lights. I have considered swapping out the standard trailer lights with LED units. The trailer lights are the fairly common oval shaped units, which can be removed easily and replaced with LEDs, at about $35 each, and are available at most automotive type stores.Art July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut Art, Also the Great American Chrome Shop sell some awesomely bright standard round assemblies that many tractor trailers use. Check them out on the web. Thanks for your input. July 16, 2009 Alpenliter I spent about $250 upgrading my taillights on our Alpenlite. These new LEDs will blister your retinas if you’re following too close! Today, I think they paid for themselves. Had to do a panic stop and the folks behind me all stopped in time. Was it the lights? Maybe. I like to think so. July 16, 2009 Billk If you look closely on your tail light lens you will find a code number and manufacture. google the number and manufacture and you will find what model it came from. I have an AllegroBus and it has Ford Ranger tail lights. July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut Alpenliter, It certainly sounds like you feel that they are worth the money, and apparently for good reason. I fully agree with the extra safety of have extra bright stop lights, not to mention the light up speed. The brightness is a great help particularly if driving into a setting sun as the tail lights tend to seem washed out. Thank you for sharing your experience on using LED tail lights and your valued input. July 16, 2009 Lug_Nut Billk, Great tip. I was aware of determine the year on an assembly, but not the make. I will have to look at that. Thank you for the tip and your valued input. July 16, 2009 G Shea Question for Lug Nut…I have a 2002 Nomad travel trailer. What would be best for the rear lights on it? The clearance lights and porch night lights were easy to find and work great. I was always burning out porch lights, but not now. G Shea July 18, 2009 Lug_Nut G Shea, Have you identified where the tail light assembly originated? You could replace the entire assemblies or, as suggested by Mort, just the bulb itself. That is if you really want to go LED in them also. Thank you for your participation and input on this topic. July 18, 2009 Ray B Great article. I plan on finding out whose taillight assembly I have on my ’06 Born Free and, if possible, making the switch to LEDs. I had to replace the windshield washer bottle on my ’85 Southwind and found out that it was OEM on ’76 Cadillacs. July 21, 2009 Lug_Nut Ray B, Glad you found the topic of interest. Nice work on matching the washer tank. As you have already found, many components are in fact standard automotive available parts. Thank you for your input on this topic. July 26, 2009 mark go to http://www.superbrightled.com they have all the sizes you need for cars trucks and rvs July 28, 2009 Lug_Nut mark, Thanks for the link. I guess they have will-fit LED’s to replace the standard tail light bulbs. Thank you for sharing that with us and for your input. July 28, 2009 Kyle Great tip on the manufacturer for the light housing. I am seeing a lot more of toy haulers going this route ( using LED’s ). I think the whole market will eventually go this way. August 17, 2009 Lug_Nut Kyle, In time I also believe they will be standard on pretty well all vehicles. Thanks for the input. August 17, 2009 Janaia Donaldson Folks, we’re wanting to replace the INTERIOR lights with LEDs so there’s less power draw, esp. when dry-docking. Any suggestions?And as a bonus, we’re looking for a portable device that has enough LED lights that we can use for lighting guests to tape videos — something with a more focused narrow but bright light. We have used a compact fluorescent in a spotlight housing with a silver reflector, which we clamp in place). Thanks! August 24, 2009 Gene LUG_NUT , Great article. I have just finish researching my rig for a Led upgrade. My back light are made by Bargman and they have an LED upgrade, My side and front turn signal are made by Grote. These two light Newmar had them made for them and are no longer available from them or Grote. My unit is a 99 so some Rv manuafactory did have lights made just for them. Winnbeago was another one that I ran across that has a lot of light made just for them. But like you said , do your research and it will pay off. August 24, 2009 Lug_Nut Janaia Donaldson, Perhaps an article I did last year might help. Link here.http://blog.rv.net/2008/09/innovative-rv-lighting-are-led-lights-worth-the-money/Thanks for your interest and input. August 24, 2009 Lug_Nut Gene, Thanks, I’m glad you found the topic of interest. Thanks for the great input. August 24, 2009 Gerald Wagner Yes LED lights are brighter, light up quicker and use less power than incadesant bulbs on vehicles but there is one safety concern for the northern states and Canada that is worth consideration.Led bulbs run very cool and in the winter time will not melt the snow that accumulates on them when driving, therfore causing a potential safety problem. School buses and heavy trucks here in Canada are removing or considering the removal of LED’s for this reason. May be worth considering. August 24, 2009 ben Weatherl Texmood.com has all the plug n play LED upgrade marker lights for your toybox. Bargman etc. August 25, 2009 Lug_Nut Gerald Wagner, That is very interesting. I was not aware of this issue. Perhaps there may be another answer rather than switching back. Thank you for the very interesting post. August 25, 2009 Lug_Nut ben Weatherl, Thanks for the link and your input. August 25, 2009 pete freestone just replaced my inferior bargman tail lights with their new l.e.d. replacement at $25 a pop and a needed 8, chingow!!! would have choosen a different brand but due to design of my 93 crown royal sig. i had no choice…original lenses and housings distorted due to the heat from the tail light filament of the recommended 1157 bulb… when i complained to them they said it was from the heat of the az. sun….since i spend my summers out of the state i say bbbbbbbbbbbssssssssssss..just another mfg. charging big bucks for an inferior product…. August 25, 2009 Lug_Nut pete freestone, The price it cost you to change is extremely good. I have seen similar issues regarding over heated lenses. Well, at least that won’t happen again with LED’s. Thanks for your input on this topic. August 26, 2009 Hackercraft I too am a retired truck driver and have replaced the lights on my Challenger fifth with Led’s and am in the process of replacing all of them plus adding a turn signal in the middle of the trailer. I am also adding a second turn/ brake signal at the top of the trailer just below the outside top marker lite. Over the years I have noticed how much these top signals stand out as they are out of the normal sight pattern and a blinking led lite 13′ in the air gets noticed. August 26, 2009 Lug_Nut Hackercraft, The additional lights will make it stand out. This will certainly help those behind particularly when driving into the sun on a late afternoon. Often brake lights don’t show real well in that case. Thanks for sharing that with us and for your great input. August 27, 2009 Tige Herndon Here’s a 2nd opinion.I considered LEDs several years ago but decided not to make the change after reading the following:http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/138484-thinking-about-using-leds.htmlHave things changed? December 18, 2009 Lug_Nut Tige Herndon, Interesting comments, however there are many LED lamps available, some brighter than others. The comment on LED’s not using the reflector is quite correct, but the right unit is brighter than the standard bulbs using the reflector. If you have followed a vehicle, like a semi, that has a good set of LED tail lights you know what I’m talking about. Thanks for presenting the link and for your input. December 18, 2009 Ron Baran The impact of lighting faster is huge ! At 60 MPH you are travelling at 88 feet per second. At a time/distance saving of .2 seconds you have stopped your vehicle in 17.6 feet less distance. Think about how many accidents would not have happened if you had 17 feet of extra space February 3, 2010 Lug_Nut Ron Baran, Great point and well explained. Thank you for your super input. February 3, 2010 Frederick Olsen I’m looking for the BARGMAN LED RV Horizontal Taillight. BARGMAN ITEM # 47-84-540. It has the white frame/surround base. Should it be available, I would consider a purchase of two (2). Is this item available from you? Regards, Fred. March 8, 2010 led strips LEDs are great which give us many clolor options. I purchased led strip lights as my headlights and tail lights. I intalled amber for turn sign light and cool white as headlights. December 6, 2010 Pingback: url Chastity We’re a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with helpful information to work on. You’ve performed an impressive process and our entire group will probably be grateful to you. August 29, 2012 Leave a Reply FAQs Videos

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    L.E.D. (Light-emitting diode)tail lights are becoming more popular and can be seen now on many trucks, cars and on several RV makes. They are bright, and in many cases, far more so than the standard automotive bulb type. But the most noticeable thing about them is their speed to light. Unlike the standard automotive light bulb that requires about 200 milliseconds to reach full brightness, the L.E.D. is fully lit in about one half of a millisecond. Now you may think it would be difficult to actually see the speed difference, but it is not. In fact it is quite noticeable.

    So, is that why one would want to go to L.E.D. tail lights, the speed to illuminate? No, there are other advantages, but the speed may offer a minimal margin of safety when considering brake light applications during panic stops. Now let’s take a look at what advantages are offered by going to L.E.D. tail lights.

    • Low Power Draw – L.E.D. lamps typically consume about one third of the electrical power required by a similar standard automotive bulb.
    • Bright Light – The L.E.D. lamps are generally brighter than their comparable match to a standard twelve volt bulb.
    • Faster Illumination – L.E.D. lamps illuminate about seven times quicker than a standard twelve volt automotive light bulb.
    • Longer Life – L.E.D. lamps for tail light applications are capable of operating in the range of about 80,000 hours. This totally eliminates the chances of ever having a failed light while on the road and the need ever to replace a bulb for probably the life of your RV.

    So, how can you add L.E.D. tail lights to your existing rig? Well, you can not just buy the L.E.D. bulbs and install them into your current tail light assemblies. While the power sockets may be correct, the problem is the light head size. It will not pass through the hole in the fixture that the bulb goes through. Unlike the way tail light assemblies used to be that were made with a removable lens, today’s units are all one piece. This requires installing a new bulb by unplugging the old one from the light assembly and reinserting the new back into the hole.

    Well, here is the answer. You must replace the entire light assembly with a unit designed for L.E.D. lamps only. Okay, you may be thinking, “But the ones that came with my RV are the only ones available from the manufacturer.” Yes, that is correct, however, the RV maker did not have those light assemblies custom built for their rigs. They are automotive tail light packages from a particular vehicle model and year. Some are from General Motors vehicles, Ford, Honda, etc. No RV manufacturer designs custom tail lights for their product. Given the low quantity it makes no financial sense.

    Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (8)The picture on the left shows a 2007/08/09 Newmar Essex or King Aire tail light assemble. These are 2006/7/8 GM Chevrolet Trail Blazer tail lights. Below is the light assembly in an ’08 Trail Blazer. In this assembly on the Newmarthey use two sets with the second set being inverted and placed beneath the others. So, where did the tail lights come from on your rig? If you don’t know, get looking. Just watch cars and light trucks and check out there tail lights when you are on the road. Your units are out there somewhere. Watch out, they may be installed vertical instead of horizontally like your units.

    Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (9)This opens a new market source, custom auto parts. There are many custom tail light suppliers, all of which offer various custom assemblies including L.E.D. equipped units. These new units are generally sold by the pair and are also available in custom designs and colors. Standard bulb type or L.E.D. are both available. Custom colors, smoked lenses, clear lenses, chrome accents and more.

    These all can be user installed. Simply removing the existing assembly and reinstalling the new should take very little time or effort. While the outer design may appear somewhat different, the back side profile is made identical to the O.E.M. design and will fit as flush as the old ones.

    Well, it is not exactly “Pimping your ride,” but it can help you personalize your RV, whether it is a trailer, 5th wheel, or a motorized unit. Some of the assemblies available can make quite a statement. Check some out on the following website.

    http://www.usfreeads.com/catalogs/155877/c2514s4855/led-tail-lights.html P.S. I should mention that you may have to replace your flasher unit. The standard thermal type may need to be replaced with an LED compatable. In some case a standard heavy duty flasher may work fine so check it out.

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    1. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (13)

      Gerald Strickland

      L.E.D. lamps are great but not worth the price of replacing the entire taillight assembly (in my opinion). This is my 4th motor home and I have never had to replace a tail light bulb. Once I thought a bulb had burned out but it was simply a bad ground. On the other hand, I have had to replace interior bulbs, porch light and security light bulbs.

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      William

      As a retired over the road driver I can tell you I was ecstatic to see the LED light come out on the Big Rigs. I can tell you the industry would not have put them on there fleet if it were a fad. I respect the other comments but for safty there should never be a cost issue. The trick to staying out of an accident whether your pulling 80K Lbs on a Low Boy or a small camp trailer is to #1 Be seen by other drivers and then the speed and other issues. I feel anything you can do for safty is worth it as did the trucking industry.

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      Gerald Strickland, I appreciate your position on this, however, there are people that have had tail light issues. Water entering the assembly has been common on some designs. But, apart from that, many people would probably pay $250/300 to add them, and that’s just for personalizing, let alone the other benefits. Thank you for sharing your valuable opinion on this topic and for your input.

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      Mort

      UPDATE!!!!!
      There are many manufacturers of LED bulbs that will fit your present lights without replacing the whole unit at a fraction of the cost. Just Google LED taillights. Mort

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      Mort, Great point, but many are too small and can result in “not-so bright” operation. But, certainly, you are right, some will work. Part of the custom application though may be to change the non-lite look, smoked, black, clear, etc. Thanks though for the great tip and your excellent input.

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      Art

      I pull a trailer that for all piratical purposes blocks my Coach lights. I have considered swapping out the standard trailer lights with LED units. The trailer lights are the fairly common oval shaped units, which can be removed easily and replaced with LEDs, at about $35 each, and are available at most automotive type stores.

      Art

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      Art, Also the Great American Chrome Shop sell some awesomely bright standard round assemblies that many tractor trailers use. Check them out on the web. Thanks for your input.

    9. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (21)

      I spent about $250 upgrading my taillights on our Alpenlite. These new LEDs will blister your retinas if you’re following too close! Today, I think they paid for themselves. Had to do a panic stop and the folks behind me all stopped in time. Was it the lights? Maybe. I like to think so.

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      If you look closely on your tail light lens you will find a code number and manufacture. google the number and manufacture and you will find what model it came from. I have an AllegroBus and it has Ford Ranger tail lights.

    11. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (23)

      Lug_Nut

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      Alpenliter, It certainly sounds like you feel that they are worth the money, and apparently for good reason. I fully agree with the extra safety of have extra bright stop lights, not to mention the light up speed. The brightness is a great help particularly if driving into a setting sun as the tail lights tend to seem washed out. Thank you for sharing your experience on using LED tail lights and your valued input.

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      Billk, Great tip. I was aware of determine the year on an assembly, but not the make. I will have to look at that. Thank you for the tip and your valued input.

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      G Shea

      Question for Lug Nut…I have a 2002 Nomad travel trailer. What would be best for the rear lights on it? The clearance lights and porch night lights were easy to find and work great. I was always burning out porch lights, but not now. G Shea

    14. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (26)

      G Shea, Have you identified where the tail light assembly originated? You could replace the entire assemblies or, as suggested by Mort, just the bulb itself. That is if you really want to go LED in them also. Thank you for your participation and input on this topic.

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      Ray B

      Great article. I plan on finding out whose taillight assembly I have on my ’06 Born Free and, if possible, making the switch to LEDs. I had to replace the windshield washer bottle on my ’85 Southwind and found out that it was OEM on ’76 Cadillacs.

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      mark, Thanks for the link. I guess they have will-fit LED’s to replace the standard tail light bulbs. Thank you for sharing that with us and for your input.

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      Great tip on the manufacturer for the light housing. I am seeing a lot more of toy haulers going this route ( using LED’s ). I think the whole market will eventually go this way.

    20. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (32)

      Kyle, In time I also believe they will be standard on pretty well all vehicles. Thanks for the input.

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      Folks, we’re wanting to replace the INTERIOR lights with LEDs so there’s less power draw, esp. when dry-docking. Any suggestions?

      And as a bonus, we’re looking for a portable device that has enough LED lights that we can use for lighting guests to tape videos — something with a more focused narrow but bright light. We have used a compact fluorescent in a spotlight housing with a silver reflector, which we clamp in place). Thanks!

    22. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (34)

      Gene

      LUG_NUT , Great article. I have just finish researching my rig for a Led upgrade. My back light are made by Bargman and they have an LED upgrade, My side and front turn signal are made by Grote. These two light Newmar had them made for them and are no longer available from them or Grote. My unit is a 99 so some Rv manuafactory did have lights made just for them. Winnbeago was another one that I ran across that has a lot of light made just for them. But like you said , do your research and it will pay off.

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      Gene, Thanks, I’m glad you found the topic of interest. Thanks for the great input.

    25. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (37)

      Gerald Wagner

      Yes LED lights are brighter, light up quicker and use less power than incadesant bulbs on vehicles but there is one safety concern for the northern states and Canada that is worth consideration.
      Led bulbs run very cool and in the winter time will not melt the snow that accumulates on them when driving, therfore causing a potential safety problem. School buses and heavy trucks here in Canada are removing or considering the removal of LED’s for this reason. May be worth considering.

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      ben Weatherl

      Texmood.com has all the plug n play LED upgrade marker lights for your toybox. Bargman etc.

    27. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (39)

      Gerald Wagner, That is very interesting. I was not aware of this issue. Perhaps there may be another answer rather than switching back. Thank you for the very interesting post.

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      pete freestone

      just replaced my inferior bargman tail lights with their new l.e.d. replacement at $25 a pop and a needed 8, chingow!!! would have choosen a different brand but due to design of my 93 crown royal sig. i had no choice…original lenses and housings distorted due to the heat from the tail light filament of the recommended 1157 bulb… when i complained to them they said it was from the heat of the az. sun….since i spend my summers out of the state i say bbbbbbbbbbbssssssssssss..just another mfg. charging big bucks for an inferior product….

    30. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (42)

      pete freestone, The price it cost you to change is extremely good. I have seen similar issues regarding over heated lenses. Well, at least that won’t happen again with LED’s. Thanks for your input on this topic.

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    31. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (43)

      Hackercraft

      I too am a retired truck driver and have replaced the lights on my Challenger fifth with Led’s and am in the process of replacing all of them plus adding a turn signal in the middle of the trailer. I am also adding a second turn/ brake signal at the top of the trailer just below the outside top marker lite. Over the years I have noticed how much these top signals stand out as they are out of the normal sight pattern and a blinking led lite 13′ in the air gets noticed.

    32. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (44)

      Hackercraft, The additional lights will make it stand out. This will certainly help those behind particularly when driving into the sun on a late afternoon. Often brake lights don’t show real well in that case. Thanks for sharing that with us and for your great input.

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    34. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (46)

      Tige Herndon, Interesting comments, however there are many LED lamps available, some brighter than others. The comment on LED’s not using the reflector is quite correct, but the right unit is brighter than the standard bulbs using the reflector. If you have followed a vehicle, like a semi, that has a good set of LED tail lights you know what I’m talking about. Thanks for presenting the link and for your input.

    35. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (47)

      Ron Baran

      The impact of lighting faster is huge ! At 60 MPH you are travelling at 88 feet per second. At a time/distance saving of .2 seconds you have stopped your vehicle in 17.6 feet less distance. Think about how many accidents would not have happened if you had 17 feet of extra space

    36. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (48)

      Ron Baran, Great point and well explained. Thank you for your super input.

    37. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (49)

      Frederick Olsen

      I’m looking for the BARGMAN LED RV Horizontal Taillight. BARGMAN ITEM # 47-84-540. It has the white frame/surround base. Should it be available, I would consider a purchase of two (2). Is this item available from you? Regards, Fred.

    38. Adding L.E.D. Tail Lights To Your Trailer or Motor Home - Good Sam Camping Blog (50)

      LEDs are great which give us many clolor options. I purchased led strip lights as my headlights and tail lights. I intalled amber for turn sign light and cool white as headlights.

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      We’re a gaggle of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with helpful information to work on. You’ve performed an impressive process and our entire group will probably be grateful to you.

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    The battery terminals could also be corroded. Dirty terminals and connections can reduce the power the battery can supply, causing flickering lights. A loose ground wire is also another common cause of issues with the 12 volt power system in an RV.

    Can I connect a LED directly to a battery? ›

    Never connect an LED directly to a battery or power supply because the LED is likely to be destroyed by excessive current passing through it. resistor is suitable for most LEDs if your supply voltage is 12V or less.

    Do I need an inline fuse for LED lights? ›

    A fuse isn't required for the lights to work. You can still hook them up directly to the battery. But most people still want to use a fuse to protect the circuit and wiring in case of a short.

    Does it matter which way you wire an LED? ›

    Does it matter which way the LED is connected in the same way that it does when you're installing a battery? In short, yes, LED bulbs have polarity. They are made with a positive and negative connection. They should be wired into your circuit in the correct direction, or they won't work.

    Can you change caravan lights to LED? ›

    Fortunately, most 12 volt LED bulbs are a quick replacement for other lighting in your caravan. Some LED conversion kits are even a simple plug-and-go system.

    Can I put LED lights in my caravan? ›

    LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes and there have been huge advances in effectiveness and great reductions in price in the last few years. They are ideal for Caravans & Motorhomes.

    Can you use LED bulbs in a caravan? ›

    Fortunately, most modern caravans and motorhomes are already fitted with LEDs but if your vehicle isn't there are plenty of options available to you.

    What happens if you don't use a resistor with an LED? ›

    When hooking up an LED, you are always supposed to use a current-limiting resistor to protect the LED from the full voltage. If you hook the LED up directly to the 5 volts without a resistor, the LED will be over-driven, it will be very bright for a while, and then it will burn out.

    Do you put resistor before or after LED? ›

    It doesn't matter! The resistor can go before – or after – the LED, and it will still protect it. the current that flows out of a battery is always equal to the current that flows back into the battery.

    What size resistor do I need for LED tail lights? ›

    If you only installed 2 LED bulbs, one for each of the tail light/turn signal/brake light for example, then you need 2 6 ohm resistors. The wattage should be 50watts.

    Is there a downside to LED lights? ›

    Perhaps the biggest drawback of LED light bulbs is that they emit more blue light than incandescent bulbs, which are more on the red end of the spectrum. Blue light can cause a disruption in your circadian rhythm, negatively affect your ability to fall asleep and the quality of your sleep.

    What are the disadvantages of LED lights? ›

    One disadvantage of LEDs is the high initial cost per bulb. Over time, however, LED lights will pay for themselves through energy savings and incredibly long lifespans. Bulbs from various manufacturers may appear noticeably different in terms of their white light hues, so choose a well-known brand.

    Are LED tail lights better? ›

    They're Durable

    Not only do LED tail lights have a significantly longer lifespan, you never to worry about them. Traditional bulbs get jarred around while you're driving and they are damaged by temperature fluctuations through the year. LEDs are not prone to the same conditions.

    How do I stop my LED tail lights from flickering? ›

    Often the issue of flickering LEDs can be as simple as using non-dimmable LED bulbs on dimmer switches. It is a simple but commonly overlooked problem. The fix is also simple, just replace non dimmable LEDs with dimmable LED bulbs.

    Can you mix LED and incandescent lights on a trailer? ›

    It is not recommended to mix LEDs with incandescent lights on a trailer. The problem is the amount of power required by each type. LEDs require much less power than incandescents. If one of each where on the same circuit, the draw from the incandescents could damage the LEDs.

    Do LED trailer lights need to be earthed? ›

    A full electrical earth is required so the car and trailer must be in physical as well as electrical contact. Ask someone to jump in the car to help check the lights are working.

    Do LED trailer lights need a ground wire? ›

    As for a clearance light having two wires like the Rectangular LED Trailer Clearance and Side Marker Light, # MCL32AB, you will ground the white wire and connect the black wire to your running lights. So to answer your question, yes, you will want to ground each taillight separately.

    What does a yellow wire mean on a trailer? ›

    What is the color code for trailer wiring? Green is the right turn signal and right brake light. Yellow is the left turn signal and left brake light. Brown is the taillights.

    Can you replace RV lights with LED? ›

    The most common RV light can be replaced with any 12v LED light bulb. A common RV light bulb and a LED bulb share the same standard A19 shape with a medium E26 screw base. With the measurements of the average LED light bulb, it should fit into your standard socket with the dimensions being 5 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches.

    Why do my LED lights flicker all the time? ›

    It could be a number of things. But most commonly, LED bulbs may flicker or dim in your home when there are voltage fluctuations in your home's wiring. When electrical loads turn on and off in your home, this creates a change in voltage levels, which may cause the LED lights to occasionally dim or flicker.

    Why are my LED lights flickering with dimmer? ›

    LED bulb flickering can be traced in almost every instance to a non-compatible dimmer switch in the lighting circuit. Modern dimmer switches create the dimming effect by switching the power supply on and off many times per second.

    Can you change RV lights to LED? ›

    LED Lights Can Be Used With Almost Any Fixture

    The easiest way to add LEDs to your rig is to find a fixture designed for RVs, which will typically be 12v low voltage lighting, as opposed to 120v, which is is what most homes run on (though some RVs may have this as well).

    Can I replace RV light bulbs with LED? ›

    The most common RV light can be replaced with any 12v LED light bulb. A common RV light bulb and a LED bulb share the same standard A19 shape with a medium E26 screw base. With the measurements of the average LED light bulb, it should fit into your standard socket with the dimensions being 5 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches.

    How do you wire a LED license plate light on a trailer? ›

    You simply attach the white wire with the ring terminal to a clean, bare metal surface like the trailer frame, and then attach the black wire to the running light wire that leads to the tail light. You can attach the black wire to the trailer tail light circuit (usually a brown wire).

    Can you run LED lights off a 12V battery? ›

    The most common LED strip and battery voltage combination is 12V DC. Unless you have a specific situation that requires something else, 12V should work just fine.

    Can you connect LED lights directly to a battery? ›

    Never connect an LED directly to a battery or power supply because the LED is likely to be destroyed by excessive current passing through it. resistor is suitable for most LEDs if your supply voltage is 12V or less.

    How many amps does a LED RV light use? ›

    The standard 12v incandescent bulb used in RVs draws 1.5 amp. The average, high quality, LED light draws . 3 amps and outputs 2x as much light.

    What is the best LED bulb for RV? ›

    Best RV LED Replacement Bulbs
    • 1.) Super Bright 921 LED Bulb.
    • 2.) Voltage Automotive 921 Bulb.
    • 3.) Kohree 12-volt Replacement 921 Wedge LED Bulb.
    • 4.) SRRB Performance 12-volt Replacement 921 Wedge LED Bulb.
    • 6.) VehiCode RV LED Interior.
    30 Jul 2020

    Can you take LED lights off and put them somewhere else? ›

    Yes, you can remove and restick LED strip lights from one place to another. They are not like the usual lights that need permanent fixtures. You can reuse strip lights when you move from old house to new house.

    Can you put LED lights in any socket? ›

    As long as the mounting base (socket) is the same size and type, you can use an LED bulb in an existing fixture. If the mounting base isn't the same size and type, the LED bulb will not fit the socket. You should never use a bulb with a higher wattage than what is recommended for the fixture.

    What happens if you don't ground an LED light? ›

    A.K.A. as long as you're feeding it DC power your lights will work just fine, grounded or not. The only way a cheater plug or an ungrounded connection will affect your lights is if a power surge blows your lights out!

    Does an LED license plate light need a resistor? ›

    If your LEDs don't have in-line resistors, they will have burnt out almost immediately.

    Can you attach the brake light and running light wire together for the trailer lights? ›

    Expert Reply: Your brake lights and running lights are designed to be operated by two different circuits. You'll need to find the running light circuit in your trailer's wiring and then you'll need to run that circuit to the running light assemblies you have.

    What is the color code for trailer lights? ›

    Trailer Wiring Has 5-Wires White, Yellow, Green, Yellow/Brown, and Green/Brown On a 4-Way flat trailer wiring harness, white is the ground, brown is running lights, yellow is left turn signal and green is right turn signal.

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