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Old 06-15-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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LED reading ights for penthouse

I'm looking at some on ebay with 9 LEDs. They have a small base with bendable neck. There is a switch on the back.How bright would they be? The big flouresent that is already there is just too much. I welcome suggestions. Thanks
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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I use one of these as a reading light. It puts out enough light to read by if the light is aimed at the right angle. It runs off double A batteries. The light isn't obnoxiously bright. I've found the key is putting the light in the right place to shine on book.

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Old 06-16-2012, 08:21 AM   #3
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I am talking about 12 volt 9 LED flex lights not book lights.These light wire directly into the electrical and would replace a big flourecent light.
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Do you have a URL? Hard to give advice; LEDs vary a lot in quality in my experience. They are very directional unless there's some kind of reflector built in, so take that into account. There are bazillions of LED lamps out there and I'm sure you could find some that'll work.

Some other suggestions: the strip LEDs for cabinets and such that they sell at Ikea and other places can make a good replacement for fluorescents. Some are battery powered; I've found that given the long life of LEDs and the ease of installation without wires these often work better than the ones you have to wire into 12v. BTW, Ikea makes a dandy LED lamp that kicks that's solar, and the solar module pops out so you can charge it separately from the lamp. And a portion of the price goes to charity.

Another tip is to install some red LEDs. I use these all the time since they don't blow out your night vision. If you actually spend time outside at night they're very helpful when you have to get something in the van (another beer perhaps) and then hop right outside again.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:32 AM   #5
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Re: LED reading ights for penthouse

Thanks.I got impatient so I went ahead and ordered the lights.I will put up pics and a review when they get here and I install them.I think I will install them right next to the Florescent instead of taking it out altogether.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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Here are the lights.I got them off Ebay for $38 delivered.We will see how long they last.I hope they wont turn on when I pull the penthouse down.I kept the flourescent just in case.http://[img]http://sportsmobileforum....jpg[/img] .http://[img]http://sportsmobileforum....jpg[/img] .http://[img]http://sportsmobileforum....jpg[/img] .
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Do you have a URL? Hard to give advice; LEDs vary a lot in quality in my experience. They are very directional unless there's some kind of reflector built in, so take that into account. There are bazillions of LED lamps out there and I'm sure you could find some that'll work.

Some other suggestions: the strip LEDs for cabinets and such that they sell at Ikea and other places can make a good replacement for fluorescents. Some are battery powered; I've found that given the long life of LEDs and the ease of installation without wires these often work better than the ones you have to wire into 12v. BTW, Ikea makes a dandy LED lamp that kicks that's solar, and the solar module pops out so you can charge it separately from the lamp. And a portion of the price goes to charity.

Another tip is to install some red LEDs. I use these all the time since they don't blow out your night vision. If you actually spend time outside at night they're very helpful when you have to get something in the van (another beer perhaps) and then hop right outside again.

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Rob, agreed on red lights, I love em. I never have a problem finding a beer in the dark, it's after I open it and sit it down someplace to do something else, that's when I lose track of it!!!

Could you link the Ikea solar light you are speaking of?
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