Go Back   Thor Forums > Thor Tech Forums > Modifications and Updates
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-15-2017, 02:37 AM   #1
Member
 
State: Connecticut
Posts: 92
THOR #7174
Hot LED lights?

Thought we had LED but I thought LEDs did not get hot, after just a few minutes these are hot and the coach is really bright its a 2016 Hurricane, any thoughtsClick image for larger version

Name:	5108.jpeg
Views:	120
Size:	42.4 KB
ID:	5290
__________________

__________________
djcarter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 02:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
16ACE27's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 27.1
State: Florida
Posts: 2,770
THOR #7035
Those are LEDs. Who told you LEDs don't get hot?
__________________

__________________
16ACE27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 02:45 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Four Winds 28A Class C
State: Vermont
Posts: 267
THOR #4117
LEDs do get warm, but not as warm as incandescent light bulbs. They also come in a wide variety of power. Since you describe yours as really bright they are probably brighter and use more power than led bulbs that are the same brightness as your old bulbs.

Generally, leds use about 15% of the power that incandescent lights of the same brightness use. That results in about 15% of the heat.
__________________
tenbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 03:07 AM   #4
Member
 
State: Connecticut
Posts: 92
THOR #7174
Thanks do they make gels or films or something you could put over them so they are not so bright
__________________
djcarter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 09:46 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
SuperD's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: 2017 Windsport 29M
State: Indiana
Posts: 3,626
THOR #5196
Actually a piece or two of typing paper cut to fit the lenses will reduce the brightness. Start out with a single sheet in the bottom of lense and then add more until you reach a comfortable level. The leds get warm but not hot enough to cause a fire hazard. Using paper will keep your light color white. I have it in a couple of our bedroom lights.
__________________
USMC Veteran
FMCA 101070S

Dave & Myra
One day your life will flash before your eyes,
make sure it's worth watching!
SuperD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 11:40 AM   #6
Axis/Vegas Enthusiast
 
JamieGeek's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Axis 24.1
State: Michigan
Posts: 8,085
THOR #1150
Looking at your picture I bet the thing that gets the hottest is the regulator (the largest black chip on the board). That is reducing the voltage from 12V down to something that the LEDs like (like 1V or 2V).
__________________
2014 Thor Axis 24.1
2018 Chevy Bolt
blog - https://spareelectrons.wordpress.com/
JamieGeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 12:31 PM   #7
gmc
Senior Member
 
gmc's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Hurricane 32A
State: Florida
Posts: 1,710
THOR #2829
Sounds like you have original equipment - so hoping Thor knew better... but in aftermarket - buying LEDs rated for 12v and putting them in our RVs can result in VERY HOT LEDs...
Our RV's typically have over 13v on the 12v side of things.. which overpowers 12v LEDs... (brighter light + heat - until something gives out.)

Everything I've bought is rated 12-24v - and runs very cool... I can hold my finger on it as long as I want...
__________________
Greg
Not yet retired...
Florida (Michigan transplant)
2014 Hurricane 32A
2000 Infinity (previous)
gmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 02:07 PM   #8
Member
 
RipVanWinkle's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 30.3
State: New York
Posts: 65
THOR #1291
We have the same issue one light got gets so hot is discolored the cover. My guess its the circuitry that gets hot. I think I am going to replace it with a different kind LED not this board mounted stuff.
__________________
RipVanWinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 05:23 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
SammyC's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Louisiana
Posts: 132
THOR #7882
If you feel the LED's themselves are hot and got brighter, sounds like the driver may be experiencing an over-voltage surge. Check that the fixture is receiving the proper voltage. But......they do get warm, never hot to the touch.
__________________
SammyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 05:25 PM   #10
Member
 
RipVanWinkle's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 30.3
State: New York
Posts: 65
THOR #1291
thanks for the info..i will measure it but other lights on the same switch dont get that hot.
__________________
RipVanWinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 05:29 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
SammyC's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Louisiana
Posts: 132
THOR #7882
Correct, thats why it sounds like you have a driver issue. (Use to be called a ballast)
__________________
SammyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 05:47 PM   #12
Member
 
RipVanWinkle's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: ACE 30.3
State: New York
Posts: 65
THOR #1291
Ohh balast.. now I get it.. I thought you were talking about my wife. ( driver )
__________________
RipVanWinkle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 06:44 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
SammyC's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Louisiana
Posts: 132
THOR #7882
Haha
__________________
SammyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 09:04 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
mtntrek's Avatar
 
Brand: DRV
Model: ES 38RSSA
State: Montana
Posts: 134
THOR #5034
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamieGeek View Post
Looking at your picture I bet the thing that gets the hottest is the regulator (the largest black chip on the board). That is reducing the voltage from 12V down to something that the LEDs like (like 1V or 2V).
This is generally the case. For example many 120V fixtures, retrofit bulbs have large heat sinks for this purpose on the transformer /regulator used. The Light Emitting Diode doesn't create the heat as a filament would.
They do however produce varying wavelengths of visible light that can pose problems to some vision receptors in some individuals and situations. There are different quality levels and outputs for different applications. We all know that RV mfr's aren't noted for always providing the best application specific components. Glare can be common. The suggestion of the DE-fuser or frosted lens may help, some (not all) are dim-able.
Best of luck.
__________________
J&J
DRV Suites ES-38RSSA #9679
GM Denali 3500HD-Max 4x, CC, 8' DRW
EZGo-TXT, Yamaha-G22E, CC Precedent
mtntrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2017, 09:47 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
SammyC's Avatar
 
Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: Louisiana
Posts: 132
THOR #7882
Yea what he said!!! Well put.
__________________

__________________
SammyC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thor Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




All times are GMT. The time now is 06:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2