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Old 06-06-2018, 02:03 PM   #1
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Angry Overhead light failure

One of the three interior overhead lights in my 2017 Escape21 has failed. I took the cover off expecting to find bulbs I could remove/replace and to my astonishment it is a soldered in circuit board with a linear LED grid. Don't ask if it's a fuse problem, it has power. One-third of the linear grid works as it should, the center third does not work at all and the other third flashes intermittently like a strobe light (and without the cover on it hurts your eyes). Q1: Should this thing fail at all? If so Q2: why install such a user unfriendly element? I've used my camper for perhaps 7 full weeks of the 13 months since my purchase, and of course, I use the light itself for a few hours in the evening and morning of those days. Q3: Where does one get such a replacement circuit board? I guess I will have to dust off my never used in 25 years soldering iron to replace it.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:06 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear.



Your Escape is still under warranty, so I'd call Escape. I am sure they will help you.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:21 PM   #3
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The one over our table developed the disco strobe effect too and I used this to replace it.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XR7LNY2...lig_dp_it&th=1
The one in the bathroom lost a few LEDs. I like the dimmer look of it but probably should find a replacement for it. Amazon does not seem to carry anything with a cover over the switch so I guess I need to look elsewhere.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:03 PM   #4
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One of the three interior overhead lights in my 2017 Escape21 has failed. I took the cover off expecting to find bulbs I could remove/replace and to my astonishment it is a soldered in circuit board with a linear LED grid. Don't ask if it's a fuse problem, it has power. One-third of the linear grid works as it should, the center third does not work at all and the other third flashes intermittently like a strobe light (and without the cover on it hurts your eyes). Q1: Should this thing fail at all? If so Q2: why install such a user unfriendly element? I've used my camper for perhaps 7 full weeks of the 13 months since my purchase, and of course, I use the light itself for a few hours in the evening and morning of those days. Q3: Where does one get such a replacement circuit board? I guess I will have to dust off my never used in 25 years soldering iron to replace it.
I would contact Reace at ETI; you are still under warranty.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:04 PM   #5
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Call Escape, your trailer is under warranty, I’m sure they will be more than happy to send you a new one. We had one go and they replaced it.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:07 PM   #6
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There have now been several reports of the new lights failing, partially lighting or flickering. Definitely contact Escape to arrange a replacement. This is one of those "improvements" that looks like it turned out to not be such an improvement after all. The LEDs on our 2015 have worked perfectly since day one, and the bulbs are replaceable.
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:16 PM   #7
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Cheap LEDís that canít be easily replaced are a bad combination. Call Escape and just replace the whole light.
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:42 PM   #8
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Not that it helps any but I had the local electric company in last week to do an energy audit to qualify for some rebates. Part of the audit is replace all incandescents with LEDS, 30 - 40 of them. The package says they are good for 22 years, had 3 go bad already. Glad they were free.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:48 AM   #9
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The only replacement I could find was this pack of 4 for $28 at Amazon:
Lava99 4X T10/921/194 RV Camper Trailer 12V LED Interior Light Bulbs 18 SMD Cool White

It's a colder light than the original but it works.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:51 AM   #10
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BTW, unless the design of the fixture has changed, the existing LED array can be removed by removing the outboard screw and then pulling the board out laterally. Reverse to install a new board.
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