Lighting – LEDs Lead the Way
The lighting in an RV, especially when it is being driven at night, can also act as one effective warning when noticed by other road users. Otherwise, the lights inside the RV are for your use (looking for things, illuminating walls and floors to better see things) just like the ones you have at home.
As technology moves on, however, lighting and light devices these days are getting more modern, sharper in their light-making. The best news is that they are cheaper in the long run compared to all the present electricity-using lighting devices (lamps). These days, they are called LEDs or light emitting diodes.
There had also been fluorescent lamps in use for a long time then, but even to this day, some RVs still use incandescent lamps.
These LEDs (light emitting diodes) produce light by direct electricity rather than having a filament that lights up (incandescent lamps) and emits heat as well. These LEDs come in different forms and in several colors as well.
The two colors available for RV are cold white (natural light which is blue-white) and warm white and the brighter more daylight-like light. The white light (bordering on yellow) is used inside the RV coach.
This is more apt for doing regular tasks or plain reading. The warm light is more for general use.
Light emitting diodes come in all sorts of forms and colors, all available in two different colors that are now used in the RV industry.
There are reasons why people use LEDs now over those of traditional incandescent, fluorescent or halogen lights,. The main one is being the amount of light they produce.
The energy used in producing the LED light compared to regular incandescent light is just 1/10th. Roughly translated to amperes, this means one incandescent lamp is equal to 10 LEDs. (Fluorescents have a more energy efficient number, though.)
However, you get 2,000 hours lifespan of an incandescent lamp. On a fluorescent bulb, you get 10,000 to 15,000 hours. In LEDs, you get 20,000 to 60,000 hours (almost 7 years) of available light. Incandescent lights last for 2000 hours while halogens last around 1,000 hours.
It is now possible to find LED lights that will replace every single light in your RV, although the conversion had only been recent. (LEDs had been around for 60 years already.) The biggest listed benefit is actually energy efficiency.
(Only 10% of power is used compared to standard present consumption of RV light.)
For the aesthetics, the LEDs won’t face the interiors of the RV because it does not contain ultra-violet rays and no harm on the drapes, furniture, or walls. it also doesn’t contain lead or mercury.
LEDs generate only minimal heat. Halogen and incandescent light produce heat at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. LEDs emit around 80-100 degree Fahrenheit of heat.
LEDs produce instant light at full brightness once turned on. Also, of interest to RV owners, LEDS lead the way in surviving the rigors (vibrations, etc.) of travel and not just on the quality of its lighting.