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These work beautifully. They can be cut to fit and you can install 1, 2 or 3 strips in each fixture- which will give you all the brightness you will ever need. You'll have to know how to solder new leads on them and keep the polarity correct. They can get warm- especially if you are pushing more than 12.5 volts and need to be mounted on the metallic surface to dissipate the heat. You completely remove the old fluorescent ballast and wire these directly into the coach wiring feed to the fixture.

https://www.amazon.com/NTE-Electroni...re-bullets-btf
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This is what I used in stead of solder. The LED strips have a positive and negative indicator ion the strips. Makes it very easy to install. Just peel back the rubber glaze on the LED spot that shows cut here and attach the Solderless Snap Down 2 Pin Conductor LED Strip Connector .

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DM7EXX2...roduct_details
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Used these tubes for the T8 fixtures:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Used these tubes for the T5 lights for the bathroom vanity:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Both are a brigther white, but they work great for when you really want to light things up. If I want softer light I turn on the little spot lights and I have warm white LED bulbs in those.
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Gett'n in the weeds here... If you want the best you'd get Samsung rigid LED strips (SI-B8T051280US), which put out 1000 lumens and use 5w at 11.6 volts. Ideally you'd have a dimmer on these to keep them under 11.6v because your 12v system will run up to 14.8v. These strips are very well made, thick and rigid, can be screwed down to mount, and cost $7.42 from Digikey. They will not vibrate apart, burn out, or any of that baloney. They are the best made and most efficient strips on the market. You simply can't compare them to these cheap Chinese strips and tapes.
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Tubes at Walmart don't need to remove ballist. Bright white or soft. 6 bucks easy hast work great.
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Gett'n in the weeds here... If you want the best you'd get Samsung rigid LED strips (SI-B8T051280US), which put out 1000 lumens and use 5w at 11.6 volts. Ideally you'd have a dimmer on these to keep them under 11.6v because your 12v system will run up to 14.8v. These strips are very well made, thick and rigid, can be screwed down to mount, and cost $7.42 from Digikey. They will not vibrate apart, burn out, or any of that baloney. They are the best made and most efficient strips on the market. You simply can't compare them to these cheap Chinese strips and tapes.
What did you use for dimmer? Did you install in lamp power supply?
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Mike - I used a plain old cheap DC/DC converter. I'll dig up some photos and post it up. It's really easy to do. My old coach doesn't have enough lights so I wanted the brightest I could get.
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Hi Mike & Jackie,

I purchased a Wanderlodge last year that had the LED strip conversion. Although the workmanship was top notch, the light output was dismal. I've since ripped all the strips out and replaced them with LED tubes, which I've been pleased with. I direct wired the tubes, bypassing the ballasts. I played around with a few brands before settling of these:

https://amzn.to/36fJaU0

They have a warm light, were bright, and were also reasonably priced at $17 each. Another perk of the tubes is being able to rotate the tube to the exact spot that give the best illumination. I've attached a couple photos to compare the old LED strips next to the new LED tubes.

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They have a warm light, were bright, and were also reasonably priced at $17 each. Another perk of the tubes is being able to rotate the tube to the exact spot that give the best illumination. I've attached a couple photos to compare the old LED strips next to the new LED tubes.

Cheers,

Trent
Trent do the bulbs list the kelvin rating on them - it's not mentioned on the Amazon page and I was curious as to what it was.
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Hi Karen & Jim,

They don’t have a kelvin rating on the packaging, but they are 2800-3000 kelvin in my estimation. They are definitely much warmer in colour than fluorescent tubes.
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