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Fixture Upgrade: Incandescent to LED Lights

Welcome to the seventh entry in July’s Mini Mod Contest.  One Mini Mod will be published in every Email Alert in July.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine July’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2021 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

Upgrading camper incandescent to LED lighting

Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
Incandescents to LED – A Fixture Upgrade
2001 Ford F-350
2012 Chalet DS116RB

LED Fixture Upgrade Old Fixture

My 2012 Chalet DS116RB truck camper is now turning nine years old. With all its travels around the country, it’s getting time for some interior lighting fixture upgrades.

The first one is to replace the original 12-volt incandescent bathroom light with a new LED light fixture to improve lighting efficiency. Years ago I changed the bulbs out to LED, but even they are starting to flicker and need changing to optimize light output.

This new LED light fixture is quite different. It has been designed for optimum light output based on how a LED emits light.

LED Circuit Board

The internal LED circuit board is flat with each LED emitter aimed directly out of the fixture.

Lens Differences for LED fixture

Also, and most noticeable, the lens is clear with optical elements that spread the light more evenly.

LED Fixture Upgrade 2

LED Fixture Upgrade

The change-out was quite easy. Just unscrew the old fixture from the ceiling, unscrew two wire nuts to release the wires, and re-install the new one in the opposite order.

The light output is easily two times what our old fixture was, and what we like is that it has a switch to allow using one, or both, sides of the fixture. The clearer lens and optimized circuit board layout make this fixture much more efficient than the old one.

We are definitely pleased with this mod and highly recommend people with older campers do the same.

It took me one hour to complete this modification and cost me $20.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.

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