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Aisle 2: fLEDescent
Replacements for Fluorescents

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Prudent RVer's LED  fLEDescent modification kit is the LED replacement for 12-volt fluorescent tubes and ballasts in fixtures used in RV and Boat interiors. LEDs eliminate the UV and electrical ballast noise while providing good light and a firm foundation for the LED lights.

fLED6-MyT panelsLEDs have become a better alternative for lighting than fluorescents, and now we have

fLEDescent

LEDs are more efficient, reduce power consumption by another factor of three over incandescents, and last twenty times longer. And they don't have ballasts or UV light or mercury.

Ten years ago fluorescent lighting was used extensively in many new motorcoaches and trailers. It was the best choice to replace hot incandescent bulbs. It reduced the power consumption by a factor of two or three and gave the same amount of light, and the expected lifetime of the tubes was longer. But fluorescents have the disadvantage of an electrically noisy ballast and a funny color of light. The tubes also emit some UV light, not good for your eyes or skin, and they contain mercury, an environmental hazard.

Thinlite fixture The fluorescent market consolidated in recent years, and the primary supplier today is ThinLite Corporation  out of Camarillo, CA. Their 600 series and 700 series of fixtures are the most commonly found in new RVs and RV parts stores.

About five years ago LED manufacturers began to offer different versions of LED LightSticks that were glued to the back of the fixture and provided a low quality replacement for fluorescent tubes. Those products are still available, but they usually fail to offer enough light and did not have protection from the vagaries of the 12volt RV electrical system. LightBlasters has improved on that concept with its ThinLUX Linear Lighting, designed for counter and canopy lighting, which can be used in the same manner in a fluorescent fixture.

A more advanced method for replacing fluorescents was developed by Prudent RVer with LightBlasters called 
fLEDescent™ This easy-to-install solution places higher power MyT.BrightTape LEDs or HyBright.3 and HyBright.4 LED chips on a flexible metal plate that allows positioning of the LEDs nearer the lens cover, providing a brighter and more consistent source of light. Circuitry is added to regulate the voltage going to the LEDs to protect against spikes and over-voltage conditions that burn out LEDs. And, with the improved white colors of LEDs with their higher color rendering indices (CRI), the fLEDescent solution is the best on the market for modifying an existing 12-volt fluorescent light fixture in an RV or boat.


All LED products offered are Made-In-USA by LightBlasters™ in Mesa, AZ using MyTBright and Hybright LEDs. They feature solid state construction designed to last as long as the LEDs, circuitry to allow operation in the variety of electrical environments and power sources found in RVs and Boats, and heat sinks to protect the LEDs and ensure their extended lifetime of 11 years of continuous usage.

NOTE: nexLED™ technology is USA Patent Pending
NOTE:
zipLED™ connectivity is USA Patent Pending
fLEDescent™ is a trademark of PrudentRVer.com
NOTE: One MyTBright LED chip emits 7 lumens of visible light at 12 to 13.8 volts. One HyBright.3 LED chip emits 15 to 22 lumens of visible light at 12 to 13.8 volts. HyBright.4 LEDs produce 25 to 30 lumens.

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 fLEDescent™ Modification Kits
for ThinLite(c) Fluorescent Fixtures

The fLEDescent product comes as a kit for modifying an existing fluorescent fixture. The kit contains instructions and an aluminum mounting plate to go inside the fixture, LightStrips to be mounted on the plate, and a wiring harnass with mounting hardware.

You can download the Instructions here to preview the process. The Adobe PDF Reader is required to read the instructions.

The different kits have different sized mounting plates and different quantities of LightStrips, keyed to the following set of representative ThinLite fluorescent fixtures:

ThinLite
model

Tube
length

Fixture
width

Tube

Fixture
amps

Fixture
watts

lumen
rating

useful**
lumens

612

12"

5.53"

F8T5-cw

1.4

16

800

500

616

18"

5.53"

F15T8-cw

2.2

30

1650

1100

652

12"

7.3"

F8T5-cw

1.4

16

800

500

656

18"

7.3"

F15T8-cw

2.2

30

1650

1100


**NOTE: Though fluorescent tubes have a high rated lumenosity, they fail to deliver that amount of useful light because their position in the fixture blocks some of the light getting out and because too much of the measured lumenosity is in the high frequencies, including ultraviolet. The useful lighting is about 65% of the total.

The table shows there are two standard tube lengths, 12" and 18", which determine the length of the mounting plate. The width of the required mounting plate depends upon the width of the fixture. The 652 and 656 are wider to cover the hole in the ceiling left after removing a recessed 700 series ThinLite fixture.

fLEDescent panels are a standard 5.75" width. This is near the size that will fit under the lip of the fixture with a slight curve outward. For the wider fixtures, the panel simply rests on the back of the lens cover. This is explained in the instructions. Or you can order the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kit where you can mount the LightSticks and cut the panel to fit your requirements.



fLEDescent Modification Kits


fLED6-MyT480

240 lumens with a single strip 

MyT.fLED6 price  

option for 480 lumens

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MyT.fLED6 offers 480 or 240 lumens of Natural White light (two or one strips of MyTBright LEDs) on a 6-inch by 5.75-inch aluminum panel. The LED strips are connected to the ground line and switched power line behind the panel with butt connectors or wire nuts.

One or two panels fill a 12-inch fluorescent fixture with up to 960 lumens of useful Natural White light. Two or three panels fill an 18-inch fixture.

1 or 2 MyTBright LED 6-inch strips  
     36 
MyTBright
LED chips per strip
     each strip is fully regulated
Natural White
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
240 lumens per strip, 480 lumens with two
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
     handles spikes to 30 volts
0.24 amps per strip at nominal volts
3.0 watts per strip, 6.0 watts with two
100,000 hour lifetime



Works with SENSA dimmer control


Custom MyTfLED

40 lumens/inch for single strip 

MyTfLED6-240 price  

options for 1 or 2 strips

options for Natural White or Warm White

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MyT.fLED-Custom a offers 40 or 80  lumens/inch of Natural or Warm White light (one or two strips of MyTBright LEDs) on a custom length of 5.75-inch wide aluminum panel. The LED strips are connected to the ground line and switched power line behind the panel with butt connectors or wire nuts.

(Image shows a 36-inch two-strip MyT.fLED-C panel mounted in a ceiling recess in a ForeTravel motorcoach)

The length of the mounting panel can be from 6-inches to 72-inches. The strips of MyTBright LEDs may be up to 1/2 inch shorter. The MyTBright strips and the panel material are shipped unassembled in the same box, and the customer is responsible for peeling the double-stick tape cover off and mounting the strips onto the plate with the positioning and spacing they desire. 

1 or 2 custom length  MyTBright LED strips
     6 
MyTBright
LED chips per inch
     each inch of the strip is fully regulated
Natural White
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
Option for Warm White
     3,700K color temperature, no UV
40 lumens per inch of strip, 
     80 lumens per inch with two strips
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
     handles spikes to 30 volts
0.48 amps/foot per strip at nominal volts
6.0 watts/foot per strip
100,000 hour lifetime
Works with SENSA dimmer control


 


Print the MyT.fLED-Custom Installation Instructions for more details.


fLED6 panels


unit price  
for the the SLS3 panel

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fLED6: a 5.75" x 6" panel providing 240 lumens from two SLM12 LightStrips of HyBright.4 LED. Use 1 panel for 240 lumens of  natural white background lighting, 2 panels for 480 lumens for 12" fixtures to replace two F8T5 tubes, or 3 panels for 720 lumens for 18" fixtures to replace two F15T8 tubes.

4 SLS3 Lightsticks, 240 lumens, 4.0 watts
4 ZL4 Lightsticks, 320 lumens,
2 ZLS Lightsticks, 400 lumens

2 SLM12 LightSticks per panel   
     6 
HyBright.4
chips per SLM12
     each SLM12 is fully regulated
48 LEDs per panel, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
240 lumens per panel
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.32 amps nominal
4.0 watts
100,000 hour lifetime



Additional features to consider:

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Additional LightSticks


fLED-LS3 w/12 LS3s

200 lumens for

4 LS3 kit price  
for a 4 Stick Kit

Kit options for 4 to 20 Sticks

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fLED-DIY: a  Do-It-Yourself kit offering 220 to 1100 lumens using 4 to 20 LS3 LightSticks. Replace two fluorescent tubes in a fluorescent fixture with LS3 LightSticks to produce the amount of light you want. Cut down the provided 12" by 7" panel to the size that fits your fixture. You also place the LS3 LightSticks in the pattern that fits your needs for special applications. Multiply the specifications by 2 to 5 for larger kits.

4 LS3 LightSticks (optional 4 to 20) 
     3 HyBright.3
chips per LS3
     each LS3 independently regulated
36 LEDs  w/4 LS3, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
220 lumens  w/4 LS3
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
5.75 or 7-inch mounting plate included
12.5 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.28 amps nominal w/4 LS3s
3.5 watts w/4 LS3s
100,000 hour lifetime




LightStick options:

half: 4 LS3, 220 lumens @ $35.98
std: 8 LS3, 440 lumens @ $70.98
hi: 12 LS3, 660 lumens @ $105.98
super: 16 LS3, 880 lumens @ $140.98
duper: 20 LS3, 1100 lumens @ $175.98

Additional features to consider:

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fLEDC


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fLEDC-DIY: replace the FC8T9 circular fluorescent tube and ballast in a ThinLite 109 (rated at 1000 lumens, 650 actual) with 10 LS3 LightSticks to produce 550 lumens of useful light.

10 LS3 LightSticks 
     3 
HyBright.3
chips per LS3
     each LS3 independently regulated
90 LEDs, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
550 lumens useful light
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.60 amps nominal
7.2 watts
100,000 hour lifetime



fLEDP w/8 LS3


4 LS3 kit price    
for 4ea LS3 kit


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fLEDP-DIY: a  DIY kit offering 220 to 440 lumens using 4 or 8 LS3 LightSticks to replace the one or two F8T9 fluorescent tubes in a ThinLite 161 or 162 patio light. The LS3 LightSticks produce an equivalent amount of useful light and don't draw bugs.

4 LS3 LightSticks (optional 8) 
     3 
HyBright.3
chips per LS3
     each LS3 independently regulated
36 LEDs  w/4 LS3, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
220 lumens  w/4 LS3
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.0 volts nominal,
regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.28 amps nominal w/4 LS3
3.5 watts w/4 LS3
100,000 hour lifetime




fLEDescent Accessories


LS3


unit price  
each

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LS3 : single or a package of 4 each55 lumen LightSticks, each with 3 voltage-protected LED chips, braided pigtails

LS3 LightSticks  
     3 
HyBright.3
chips
     each LS3 independently regulated
9 LEDs  per LS3, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
55 lumens  per LS3
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal, regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.07 amps nominal per LS3
0.88 watts per LS3

100,000 hour lifetime


SLS3


unit price  
each

or buy in packs of 4


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SLS3 : single or a package of 4 each 60 lumen Super SLS3 LightSticks with voltage-protected HyBright.4 LED chips and braided pigtails. The SLS3 are used for upgrade of the fLED6-S or fLED12-S by adding an additional 60 lumens per LightStick.

SLS3 LightSticks  
     3 
HyBright.4
chips
     each LS3 independently regulated
9 LEDs  per SLS3, "natural" white
     4,700K color temperature, no UV
60 lumens  per SLS3
     
wide-angle
     all light directed through lense cover
12.5 volts nominal, regulated
     10 to 18 volt operating range
0.08 amps nominal per SLS3
1.0 watts per SLS3

100,000 hour lifetime



PWM dimmer

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SENSA: Dimmer and ON/OFF Control

Use this inline circuit to control and dim your LEDs. Tap the sensor plate for the SENSA to turn power ON or OFF, or hold in place to vary the power pulse width modulation (PWM) from 20% to 100% and back to dim the LEDs. Move away when the desired level is reached.

The SENSA is available with the activation surface directly on the device or located remotely with an optional antenna.

The module handles up to 10-amps of 12-volt DC and comes with adhesive backing. 

NOTE: this module interrupts the power connection in the circuitry, but it does require access to the house ground in order to operate. When used to replace a single pole switch that has only the power line coming to the switch, a separate line from some ground source must brought to the SENSA ground input side. It is not necessary that the ground to the light go through the SENSA, though that is allowed.

Print the SENSA Installation Instructions for more details.




 

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Use Prudent RVer's fLEDescents to replace 12-volt fluorescent tubes and ballasts in fixtures with LEDs in RV and Boat light fixtures. You eliminate UV and electrical noise, provide good light and a firm foundation for the LED lights, and save power.

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