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Old 08-29-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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LED lights and radio reception

We have all LED lights in our 17b, except for the one in the range hood. We also have a Jensen AWM 975 Stereo / DVD player that Escape installed for me. It is also able to be connected to the TV via an HDMI cable. The only problem I have with this setup is the radio reception. It works fine until we turn on some LED lights. As I understand it, when Reace installed the stereo, he ran the the antenna wire along the rear drivers side cabinets, which is also where our reading lights are. So if we turn those on, the radio reception degrades significantly. Also the LED light fixture over the sink and, as I found out last evening, the LED light fixture in the bathroom.

This isn't too surprising to me. On my bicycle, if I have an LED headlight mounted on my handlebars, the wireless cycle computer that is next to it will lose reception from the receiver, so I think that LED lights give off a lot of electromagnetic interference.

I have been thinking about installing an external radio antenna on our trailer, hoping that this would eliminate the LED interference. But this would require drilling a hole in the trailer, which is in direct conflict with Baglo's First Commandment. So before I do this, I thought I would ask if others have experienced this problem, and if so, what they have done to remedy the situation.

Thanks for any advice.


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Old 08-29-2013, 09:31 AM   #2
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I have installed this antenna in at least 2 other units, works fine inside the trailer for reception.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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The voltage regulators built into the more expensive replacement LEDs (usually rated for a range of voltage) often produce Radio Frequency Interference.

Another solution that will definitely work is to switch to non regulated LEDs. They are less expensive, and while there is a chance that they may fail due to over voltage (since they are designed for 12V and your converter may produce more than that) I've used them & not had a failure, even with the solar controller & its equalization voltage. Even if you do have one fail, at just a couple of dollars each the cost of replacement isn't too bad.
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