Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Few Things You May Not Know About LED Lights for Your RV


The History
Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way. History was never my favorite subject, but here it goes. The LED, or Light Emitting Diode, was invented as far back as 1927 by a Russian with the illustrious name of Oleg Vladimirovich Losev. However, it wasn't until 1962 that Nick Holonyak (an equally impressive name) working at General Electric Corporation produced the first practical LED. With advances in technology, the efficiency and light output continued to increase, together with the ability to produce light in a wide variety of colors.

How do they work?
The LED produces light “directly” by utilizing semiconductor technology. As electricity (electrons) move through the semiconductor, they move from one energy level to another and release energy in the form of light (a photon). This compared to incandescent lights which 
produce light by passing current through a filament. As the filament heats up, the hot filament releases energy (heat). Only 10% of this heat energy is what we see as light. (RVers do not like things that create heat inside!)


What is with the different colors to choose from?
Have you ever noticed that the world looks different at sunset than it does at midday? That's because the “color” of the light changes during the day and causes the color of the light reflecting off objects around us to change (this is why people say you should photograph the Grand Canyon at sunset as it enhances the colors). At sunset, things look richer and more orange; at midday, they look whiter. People refer to the color of light as it's “color temperature” using the Kelvin scale. A lower number (e.g. 2,000) is more orange (such as at sunset), and a higher number (e.g. 5,000) would be noon daylight.



When considering LED bulbs, it is therefore very important to think about what color temperature you require as most LED bulbs are available in “warm white” (a lower Kelvin) or “cool white” (a higher Kelvin). Most people prefer cool white in areas requiring more light as they perceive these to be brighter and easier to read by. Warm white LEDs are closer in color to incandescent bulbs and offer a cozier and more “homey” feel. You do not have to have all the same color throughout your RV; it is all up to you. 

What is the attraction of LEDs for your RV?
For starters, LED bulbs are about 10 times more efficient than a standard incandescent bulb. This means that the draw on your battery power is drastically reduced. This means more time between charging the batteries, and less strain on your batteries. It really does make a difference.

The heat output of an LED is almost non-existent. An incandescent bulb can reach 500 degrees in some cases, which is enough to ignite material. The LED bulbs just do not put off much heat.  In fact, I can touch my LED bulbs while they are on; do not try that with an incandescent bulb. Obviously in the summer time we are all trying to reduce heat sources in our RV’s. This is one of the best ways to do it.
LEDs can last as much as 25 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. While they cost a bit more on the front end, once you have them they are actually cheaper over the long haul. For the accountants out there, an incandescent bulb depreciates at a much faster pace than a LED, making the LED more valuable.

LEDs are shock resistant. Don’t you get mad when you see the little filament inside your bulb dangling and hanging on for dear life? Those filaments are very delicate and are prone to break when the bumps of the road set in. LEDs have no filaments to break, and therefore are more RV friendly.

Why buy LED lights from TechnoRV?
Okay, I hope you learned something about LEDs and now for the good stuff, buying them.  So why from us? Aside from the obvious, that we are nice people and we love giving you the products and service that you deserve! If you need more convincing, we sell LED lights that are designed for RVs. Eco-LED is an industry leader 
in LEDs for RVs. The components are high quality and the warranty is exceptional. Cheap LEDs cannot withstand voltage swings that RVs can often get. The Eco-LEDs have a large voltage tolerances and this allows the bulb to burn consistently even when the voltage is not consistent. 


Where to begin?
We have spent a lot of time putting together an easy to read conversion chart for your current bulbs. So you can download our buyers guide to learn more about LEDs, or if you do not need any more convincing you can go straight to the conversion chart below and start figuring out what LEDs you need to replace your out of date, inefficient and hot bulbs. If you need any assistance determining which LED is right for you then email us at info@technorv.com. It helps to send a picture of the fixture and a picture of the bulb.

Good luck with your LED conversion!