LED lighting is all the rage right now.
In this article you’ll learn how to change out your incandescent and halogen bulbs and replace them with highly-functional and energy-saving LEDs.
You’ll also get a chance to read what Peter and John of TheRVgeeks have to say about their preferred LED vendor.
Things to Do Before You Start Your LED Conversion
Before you go out and buy anything, you’ll have to determine what type of lighting you already have in your coach, and the specific type of adapter on each.
Most light bulbs in RVs are incandescents, halogens, or fluorescent tubes.
What makes things tricky is that each has their own type of base.
Select Your Replacement LEDs
After you’ve taken inventory of the light bulbs in your RV, you’ll have to select replacement LEDs.
In order to purchase the most appropriate bulbs for your taste, you should take the following things into consideration:
- color temperature (cool white, natural white, warm white)
- desired brightness
- what style of bulb you’re replacing (incandescent, halogen, fluorescent)
Unfortunately, selecting the best replacement LED isn’t easy.
There are hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of styles to choose from – each with different color temperatures, brightness, and mechanical connectors.
Here’s what they had to say,
If we come off as overly enthusiastic about M4, it’s for good reason. There’s so much competition for the hot LED market that it’s a maze of options, and cheap (largely Chinese) bulbs have been selling a lot, due to price. After trying out a lot of different bulbs, and being dissatisfied with the color, brightness and/or quality, we ordered a few lights from M4 Products. We had heard about M4 in postings on the iRV2 forums, where the company, products and customer service received universal raves and praise.
Despite our small order, Steve, the owner (who is an engineer, and intimately involved with the design of his products), provided awesome support, quickly responding to questions with detailed answers, as if we had placed a major order. When the bulbs arrived, the quality and elegance of the design was clearly superior, with aluminum heat sinks and circuitry to prevent overheating and early failure due to voltage fluctuations, which is common in RVs.Here’s the kind of product that we, and many others, have wasted money on by buying based on price only (video below).
Peter and John continued,
We were heading through the L.A. area this past spring, and contacted Steve and made an appointment to stop by his place (he sells primarily online, but any customer can stop by for a visit by appointment… he didn’t know us from Adam). We learned a lot about what makes an LED good, and why the cheap ones are… cheap. M4’s bulbs are not inexpensive, but the prices pale in comparison to the crazy prices we’d seen at places like Camping World… and they’re better quality.
If you look through the comments on the first two videos we’ve done about M4’s LEDs, you will not find anything but praise for M4 (and we have never removed a single comment… they’re all good!). lol If you find any thread about LEDs on places like iRV2 that mentions M4 (and many do), you will see that Steve is that rare business person who really gets it. Great products, fair pricing and customer service that people rave about. He’s also a fellow RVer, and a really nice guy to boot.
This shared experience of trying to sort through the chaff and finding a reputable company was like finding a needle in a haystack in this crowded space, where every eBayer and even places like Amazon are hustling for the dollars. Even though our first video about LEDs demonstrated a perfectly acceptable conversion using inexpensive LED strip lights from Amazon, we wanted to share what has been, for us, a very satisfying and eye-opening experience.
Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on where to buy your next LED, watch Peter and John’s video to learn how to install LEDs in your own coach.