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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Boondock Longer By Switching to RV LED Light Bulbs

One concern for most RV'ers is making sure that they have enough power when they go off grid and head into the wilderness.  While most commercial and state parks offer on site electrical hookups, that may not be where you would like to spend your whole trip.  And if you're thinking of dry camping, or boondocking, one fast and simple way to reduce the amount of power you use is by switching to RV LED light bulbs.
A typical 50 watt halogen bulb has a lifetime of 2,500 hours.  The LED equivalent uses 7 watts of power and has a lifetime of 25,000 hours.  Simply switching over to LED's can cut your electricity usage down to 1/7th and increase that trip into the woods comfortably by hours.

But saving electricity isn't the only reason to switch over to LED.  Here's a la few more benefits of getting rid of your old bulbs:
  • Halogen bulbs get hot but LED bulbs don't.  Those hot bulb discolor plastic lenses and if you have children on board, knowing that they cannot burn themselves on the lights is reassuring.
  • Many people are initially offput by the price of LED bulbs.  While they generally cost more upfront, the savings you incur from using less power and having to replace bulbs much less often will save you in the long run.  An average LED bulb will outperform (become cheaper) than its halogen equivalent in roughly two and a half years of equal usage.
  • LED bulbs are greener!  Having longer lifespans means less trash to throw away and using less electricity makes everyone happier.

Still not sure if the switch is right for you?  Please contact us.  We'd love to hear your concerns, questions and feedback!

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