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Replace your RV’s incandescent & halogen bulbs with LEDs! It’s easy and we’ll show you how to choose bulb sizes, colors and brightness to match or improve your existing lights, using a fraction of the power.
Watch the other videos in our LED Your RV series:
Part 2 – LED Color & Brightness: https://youtu.be/jDYcODgaC_0
Part 3 – 18″ Fluorescent Tubes: https://youtu.be/B3JFLErfMxw
Part 4 – 12″ Fluorescent Tubes: https://youtu.be/82xbqZXeBro
Part 5 – Docking & Patio Lights: https://youtu.be/fVl-gPaoZhA
Part 6 – Security, Entry & Reading: https://youtu.be/eajXathp57I
If you’ve seen our original video about converting our RV’s fluorescent lights to LED strip lights (if not, you can view it here: http://youtu.be/SAMPQrAu0aI ), you may have noticed that it’s been a while since we’ve shared any more tips about switching to LEDs.
The reason for that is because we’ve been experimenting with converting our RV’s other lights (halogen, incandescent and even other fluorescent light options). But it’s been a bit frustrating, since options for LED color and brightness can be confusing, and many suppliers don’t accurately convey the information you need to choose the color temperature and brightness you want.
Then we heard about a company on the iRV2 discussion forums called M4 Products. The information on their website was really thorough, and the owner’s fast, detailed response to our questions made us confident that his lights would be the right color and brightness.
After so much trial & error, buying from M4 was the best experience we’ve had so far. Since we were heading toward southern California, where M4 is located, we made an appointment to stop by to see about upgrading more of our lights.
Being a fellow RVer, Steve, M4′s owner, was incredibly knowledgeable about LED applications for RVs, and the quality of his products was obvious. We’ve looked at, and tried, our fair share of LED bulbs, and Steve’s are the best quality and best value we’ve found so far.
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The intro music is my own piano performance of Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag from 1899.
Full-Time RVers since April 11, 2003, we share DIY (do it yourself) RV maintenance, repair, travel, upgrade and operational tips & tricks.
While we’re not RV technicians, we’re very mechanically inclined and have learned a lot about RV systems over the years. We’ve handled most of our own minor service, maintenance and upgrade work on both of our RVs.
We meet lots of newer RVers who are eager to learn some basics about using, maintaining and caring for their rigs. After more than a decade on the road, we’re happy to share what we’ve learned (some of it the hard way). We hope our experience can help other RVers go DIY, saving time & money while experiencing the satisfaction of a job well done. We’re handy RVers, not professional technicians. We’re happy with the techniques and products we use, but be sure to confirm that all methods and materials you use are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you’re unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.
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Arduino-based, motion sensor-activated stair lights using programmable LED strips. Includes examples of light patterns, description of how it works, equipment costs (2016 prices), links to sites to buy materials, and schematic.
If you’ve never done this before you should probably get set up with an Arduino starter kit:
Code for Project — you can find my starter Arduino code for this project in the description field of my first try at a video on this project.
Tools — $114.71:
1 Soldering Iron @ $96.72
1 Wire Clamp SE MZ101B Helping Hand $6.26
1 Wire Cutters/Strippers $11.73
Sketchup Make Free! Custom design housing for the PIR Sensors, breadboard, and the housing to hide the loose wires on the NeoPixel Strip
Sketchup Plugin to create STL file necessary for 3d printing
3d Hubs: 3d Print your Sketchup housing for the PIR Motion Sensors
Computer for programming the Metro Mini micro-controllerchip
Materials — $227.92
2 Resistors (brown black orange gold– 10k ohms & 5% tolerance) $0.75
2 Capacitors (1000 μF, 6.3V) $3.82
2 PIRs Motion Sensors @ $9.95 each = $19.90
1 Photo Cell (Light Sensor) @ $0.95
2 Female DC Power adapter – 2.1mm jack to screw terminal block[ID:368] @ $2.00 each = $4.00
Use these to connect the power cords to the neoPixel strip and the Metro Mini micro controller
1 Metro Mini @ $14.95
1 BernzOmatic SRC300 3 oz. Lead Free Rosin Core Solder @ $12.01
1 Box of NTE Heat Shrink Wire Covering 2:1 Assorted Colors and Sizes 160 PCS $10.09
1 Box of NM Cable Wood Staples (1/2″) PS-1550TD $1.49)
1 Box of Wire Nails (16×3/4) $4.83
1 9V, 1Amp Switching AC/DC power Adapter $6.95
1 5V, 10 Amp Switching Power Supply $25
2-pin JST SM Plug + Receptacle Cable Set – (you just need the female cable) $0.75
4 Standard Wire Connectors (12 Gauge) $2.38
1 Solid Core Black Wire $2.95
1 Solid Core Red Wire $2.95
1 Solid Core Yellow Wire $2.95
6 Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip – White 30 LED – WHITE @ $16.95 each = $101.7
1 1/2 Size BreadBoard $5.00
1 Adafruit Perma-Proto Half-sized Breadboard PCB – Single $4.50