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Old 08-12-2022, 11:29 PM   #1
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Porch Light to LED

Many a year ago I shoved a mass of leftover LED into my porch light along with extra wires and a pound of electrical tape. Always meant to redo it so here is the project. 3D printed bracket to fully assembled.
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Old 08-13-2022, 06:06 AM   #2
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That’s impressive. Did you also install a dimmer?
Curious Jade (I don’t know much about LED’s) how many watts are associated with each of the 4 led panels inside that housing? Only bring this up because I’d be concerned about taxing the limits of the supply wire feeding power to the housing….from your last picture it seems the light output has illuminated your entire front yard very well.
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Old 08-14-2022, 04:09 PM   #3
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The OP is Jage not Jade.

He created this forum from scratch. First of his over 7000 posts was back in April 2007.
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Old 08-14-2022, 04:10 PM   #4
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And he's pretty handy with one off LED conversions I see.
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:05 PM   #5
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And he's pretty handy with one off LED conversions I see.

Cramming random dome light replacements into existing fittings?


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Thatís impressive. Did you also install a dimmer?

Nope. I don't believe in dimmable LED lights.



Well my original dome light housing melted after I left it on. LED like this are very low draw so the main goal originally was simply that I could leave it on for days and it wouldn't hurt my battery or further damage the housing. This is just replacing the housing and cleaning up the mess after the typical dozen years it takes me to get to anything. Here are the stats per amazon:
  • LED Type: 5050-24SMD;Voltage: DC 12V;Output: 12V @ 0.13A
  • Color:White;Color Temperature: 6000K
As you can see with .13A even x4 I can forget my porch light and not regret it.
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Old 08-17-2022, 02:03 AM   #6
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Missed the name typo - sorry Jage (auto correct on my phone).
With that many LED’s I would have expected a much higher amp draw, that’s the reason I brought up the subject. We rarely use our porch light, other than some overnights only with the motion sensor function activated. It’s just too bright for what we want & one day I’ll put in a dimmer and/or a yellow bulb so it doesn’t draw so many insects.
Good to know the heat may compromise the housing if left on for an extended period of time, never crossed my mind this could be an issue.
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Old 08-17-2022, 08:37 AM   #7
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No worries, you should hear me trying to give customer service my email.


So the porch light SMB uses is the "Bargman 30-78-522 Porch Light with Black Base". Inside is a simple 1003 mini bulb, the base of which matches several automotive bulbs including 1156 single filament. Come to think of it I might have put an 1156 in once upon a time and that's why my housing melted.


Anyway the base will take any LED light replacement with a 1003/1156 base and there are a ton of dome light replacements. If you go with a single 40x40ish board with about 9 LED you should get a decent reduction in lumens and it's a no tool swap. I can't find info on the 1003 philisti- er I mean filament bulb lumen output but the round LED replacements brag from 250-325 so a board will less should be a reduction.



It's also a great segue to my next post.
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Another LED project that's been literally hanging around is the same deal but on the interior lights. I finally got around to designing and printing some sprongs and secured the LED boards. Again these are dome light replacements.
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the base will take any LED light replacement with a 1003/1156 base and there are a ton of dome light replacements. If you go with a single 40x40ish board with about 9 LED you should get a decent reduction in lumens and it's a no tool swap. I can't find info on the 1003 philisti- er I mean filament bulb lumen output but the round LED replacements brag from 250-325 so a board will less should be a reduction.
I've done this led bulb replacement and also replaced lost clear light cover with an amber one. We also use our outside light sparingly and this was an easy, cheap and effective upgrade.
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