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Old 02-24-2019, 01:30 PM   #1
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Covers for LED Interior Lights

We love our 2018 Micro Minnie but we find ourselves using little battery powered lanterns because the interior lights are soooo bright. Are there different fixture covers available that would make the ceiling lights less bright? Or can the bulbs be replaced with less powerful ones maybe? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-24-2019, 02:17 PM   #2
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Depending upon the fixture, cover, and lens you might try a plain piece of paper placed inside to act as a filter.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:40 PM   #3
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I know LEDs are relatively cool burning but wouldn't paper inserted inside the fixture be a fire hazard?
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:18 AM   #4
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In our opinion not an issue for concern with LED.
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Less powerful lights are available (both bulbs and fluorescent tubes) and some fluorescent tubes are rotatable so that the LEDs point up into the fixtures instead of down. Replacing fluorescent tubes can get expensive.

Rather than paper, I'd use a piece of thin, flexible, translucent plastic.

There are 12v dimmers available but it's not that straight forward and they can be expensive:



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Old 03-05-2019, 12:55 PM   #6
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My vote is do the dimmer switch. Boon it one night rather than a camp ground and you are even.
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I don’t like the daylight color of the interior LED’s. So cold and bright.
Switching to soft white is on my to do list.
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:20 PM   #8
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We had 3 12v dimmers added and it make a huge diff in the lighting inside the RV. They are expensive costing about $115 each, but now my wife is very happy.
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And at the end of the day it's all about keeping the wife happy...
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:16 PM   #10
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LED lighting is measured by lumens, the higher the number the harsher and whiter the light. I buy no brighter than 3,500K, which have a slight yellowish tint, which equals a warmer more natural color.
Not all LED's are dimmable, reducing power can cause them to flicker and fail rather quickly.
I agree with the reply recommending using opaque plastic inside the lens before spending serious money. It will help you decide what color, and brightness you prefer too.
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Actually the brightness or intensity of light is measured in Lumen’s. The color or temperature of the light is measured in Kelvin’s. The lower the temperature the more yellow the color of light, Soft White (2700K – 3000K), Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K), and Daylight (5000K – 6500K). The higher the Degrees Kelvin, the whiter the color temperature.
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If you're dimming LEDs directly (i.e. 12vdc, not a power supply that provides 12v to LEDs), you can a Switchex (example for the 60 watt version, https://www.amazon.com/Diode-LED-12V.../dp/B01L0EDVKU approximately $142) light switch and power supply all in one. If you are dimming a power supply that connects to LEDs, you can use a Lutron Diva (example part number DVCL-153P-WH, see on Amazon for approximately $28). NOTE - THESE ARE EXAMPLES. Applications dictate the exact unit to use. Both are not cheap but effective. When dimming the power supply on the 120 vac side may cause flickering at low levels of brightness. I prefer a rheostat on the DC side or the Swithex over the Lutron type solution. The Switchex is expensive at $142 but eliminates the need for a power supply and comes in a neat all-in-one package.

On the other hand as others have mentioned, you can change out all your lights for 2700K or 3000K LEDs. I would and add dimmers too.
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