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Old 11-12-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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Captain light too harsh

We’ve captain lights over the bed in our 5ta. We don’t use them for reading (use ebooks) but would like to have some mood lights in the area on some evenings ( by ‘mood’ we mean something relaxing, NOT what you’re thinking!). As it is we find they have the charm of a streetlight. Very efficient, but the hue they create is industrial, not warm. Does anyone have ideas on how to change the colour to something which doesn’t scream ‘inner city’?
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Old 11-12-2019, 08:56 PM   #2
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Those bulbs can be easily replaced. Search 12volt LED spotlight M-16 base. Search for a "warm white" bulb. I did notice just now that there are companies that allow you to adjust the color in case the "mood" strikes you. Thanks for getting me thinking because those are harsh (cool white) lights and I need to switch out mine!
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:27 PM   #3
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I swapped some of the "daylight" ( about 5,700k) colored led lamps supplied by ETI for some in the 3000k range. A much warmer color. The off the shelf ones I found at my hardware store are 3 watts, about double the wattage of the stock lamps.
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:26 PM   #4
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Same as OP, we thought the captain lights were too harsh. Rather than wade through online listings looking for a warmer replacement we opted to shop locally at a “Batteries Plus Bulbs” store. After looking at the factory installed bulb and learning what we wanted they fixed us right up. -Tom
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Old 11-12-2019, 10:30 PM   #5
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We've just rotated them so they face the corner. As indirect lighting they work pretty well.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:14 AM   #6
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We had the same issues with the lights being too bright. I even bought some lower wattage light bulbs to no avail.

Thanks to Tom (tdf-texas), here was my solution. I am extremely happy!


12V Reading Lamp RV Boat LED... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079L3BXX4...p_mob_ap_share

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Old 11-13-2019, 09:36 AM   #7
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I like the lights for reading. Other than that we have it on to get set in bed and don't have any trouble with it. Maybe if you were hanging out there, but if I wasn't reading I would likely just use the ceiling light, so maybe it could be a dimmer, warm white one.
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:52 AM   #8
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The higher Kelvin (5700) makes these lights better for knitting or other detailed handwork than if they were 3000k. I use one at our dinette for this every time we take the Escape anywhere. Those by our bed, though, I agree are best when rotated to face the corner wall. Very nice effect, IMHO.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:06 PM   #9
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We had the same issues with the lights being too bright. I even bought some lower wattage light bulbs to no avail.

Thanks to Tom (tdf-texas), here was my solution. I am extremely happy!


12V Reading Lamp RV Boat LED... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079L3BXX4...p_mob_ap_share

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Tom (tdf-texas) has been a huge help to me and to others on the forum, as well. Shout out to you and Unie, Tom!
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:28 PM   #10
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Thanks so much for the great (and easy) solutions!
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:23 AM   #11
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Fred, did these fit over the existing hole or did you have to buy a cover plate?
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