A recreational vehicle is a wonderful way to travel around the country with all the conveniences of home. The cost of traveling seems to always be going up, so saving money on travel costs is something most of us have on our minds. One surprising way to save a little money is LED lighting.
If you do not have LED lighting in your RV you may be doing yourself a disservice. LED lighting can help to reduce your RVing costs in several ways.For starters, they are not extremely expensive to buy when purchased wholesale.Then, LED lighting saves energy in several ways. For starters when lit they do not draw huge amounts of power from your batteries, meaning you save in recharging expenses as you may not have to recharge as often.. They also emit less heat, thus reducing the damage that might be caused from the heat emitted by incandescent light bulbs. The lower heat means you won’t need as much air conditioning so it can reduce the load on your AC unit.
Benefits of Upgrading
Upgrading may be easier than you thought. The LED bulbs fit into the same light sockets as your existing light bulbs. There is no need to update the fixtures. LED bulbs can last years longer than halogen or incandescent bulbs, which adds to your savings. Another benefit is they burn brighter and have a wider beam angle (up to 120 degrees). This wider angle helps eliminate shadows and those annoying dark spots making it easier to read, clean, and cook for example.The “warm white” type of LED bulb is most appropriate for RV use. These bulbs supply a yellowish tint in color and are very close to light produced by the normal incandescent bulb. The “cool white” LEDs can be used, of course, but they produce a light that will have a bluish tint, which may take some getting used to.
Buying LED Bulbs
An important fact to think about when purchasing a LED bulb is how many lumens the bulb creates. A usual 60-watt incandescent bulb will produce about 800 lumens. The equivalent LED bulb will draw on about 10 to 15 watts,while a compact florescent will use about 13 to 15 watts.
How Much Power Can You Save
To explain this, let’s take an average recreational vehicle of 27 feet with a slide out and a couple of bunk beds. This RV will typically have 20 (or more) 12-volt incandescent light bulbs. If you had them all turned on at the same time you might be drawing approximately 20-watts of DC power and, in a couple hours, may have a near dead battery. Now if this RV had the same number of LED bulbs with each one drawing 190 mill amps, the total consumption of power drops to just 3.8 amps. That equals more than five times the power savings!
With the lower power consumption, you might choose to add a few more new RV lighting features. Things such as LED rope lights for under the cabinets, or the addition of side markers and running lights for added safety.No matter how you look at it, LED lights are a good way to save a little extra money without sacrificing looks, safety, or effectiveness.