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Old 07-29-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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Old 11-06-2016, 08:56 PM   #12
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LED Install

Swapped out lights for LED's today. Van Diego had the following interior lights:

1) 3 Bullet Lights
2) 2 Fluorescent lights in PH top
3) 1 Fluorescent light above sink
4) 1 Hi/Lo light in the rear of the van

The Bullet lights were an easy swap using these:



Next up was the Hi/Low light for which I used these:



I used 2 of the 4210's and 1 of the 4211's. In hindsight I should have used 3 of the 4210's. Can't remember why I chose the 4210, but I had collected the part numbers a while back and just ordered what I had written down. Oh well.

Next up were the fluorescent lights. I am no electrical genius, so I was quite confused when I found that there was no DC voltage coming from the fluorescent housings when I probed with my volt meter. The metal housing says 12vDC on it, however, the printed circuit board actually appears to invert the DC power from the house battery and supply AC voltage in order to power up the fluorescent bulbs. After some reading on the interwebs turns out this is pretty standard for fluorescent bulbs. Anyway I tested the power with my voltmeter set to AC voltage and sure enough I was getting a reading. Well long story short, I just cut out the circuit board wiring and wired the LED strip light directly to the 12 vDC wiring and switch. Here is what it all looked like:











I like the soft white look better than the blueish cooler white, so all of the LED's I ordered were the soft white versions. Finished product at night:

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Old 11-06-2016, 09:06 PM   #13
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new SMB table

I also made a new SMB style table. I got the legs and post from Rallypanam, and bought some plywood, paint, and T moulding.

Starting off with a plywood rectangle and a table saw:



A little help from the Jigsaw:



I painted the top and sprayed a couple coats of clear over it and cleared the sides as well to help with water resistance, then added the T Moulding.

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Nice LED upgrade! LED strips from Superbriteleds? I updated similarly, with a red LED strip in the middle and a double pole switch for preserving night vision, so flip switch one way for red, the other way for warm white.




Any reason why you didn't use a combo propane/CO detector? curious....
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Old 11-09-2016, 10:16 PM   #15
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Nice LED upgrade! LED strips from Superbriteleds? I updated similarly, with a red LED strip in the middle and a double pole switch for preserving night vision, so flip switch one way for red, the other way for warm white.




Any reason why you didn't use a combo propane/CO detector? curious....
Wonder, i did infact get the leds from superbrightleds. I like your idea about the red, maybe i will buy a strip of them and test them out.

As far as the detectors go there were 2 reasons for not going with the combo. First and foremost, the existing detectors were separate and wires were already run so it was not a big deal to keep them separate. Second, and more importantly, after doing some research most suggestuons I found were to place the co monitor higher due to co being as light as air, if not slightly lighter. Meanwhile, the propane monitor is supposed to be down low since propane is heavier than air.

That all seemed to make sense to me so i went with it.

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If you decide to add a red LED strip you can get an exact drop-in double throw switch from Mouser IIRC......in white or black. I'm pretty sure that I can dig up the switch part number if you need it.
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Thanks! I will hit you up for the part number when I go down that road. Do your lights have a dimmer switch too?
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Thanks! I will hit you up for the part number when I go down that road. Do your lights have a dimmer switch too?
Yes....a dimmer potentiometer......on one fixture.........

I was feeling energetic and rebuilt one of the fixtures to be really low profile...so that one didn't get a dimmer pot. The other one just got the rattlecan black treatment on the plastic ends and got the dimmer pot and a rubber knob that I had laying around...

Here is a picture of the low profile rebuild:



I made aluminum end caps and an acrylic lens cover....bead blasted both.....this one has a small double throw toggle since that about al that I could fit.

It looks completely different, but the extruded aluminum base is from the original SMB fluorescent fixture.
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