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Capra Aegagrus
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I switched from a truck to a van this summer, and I'm kicking myself for not doing that years ago. But with sunset coming earlier now, I find myself wanting more light in the van toward the end of the day.

The factory dome lights are so-so; I can get by with them. But I'd like to install a couple of LED lights a tad more centered on the shelving area, with switches at the side and rear doors so I don't have to run up front to turn them on.

Can anyone recommend something reasonably priced that actually puts out some decent light?
 

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I switched from a truck to a van this summer, and I'm kicking myself for not doing that years ago. But with sunset coming earlier now, I find myself wanting more light in the van toward the end of the day.

The factory dome lights are so-so; I can get by with them. But I'd like to install a couple of LED lights a tad more centered on the shelving area, with switches at the side and rear doors so I don't have to run up front to turn them on.

Can anyone recommend something reasonably priced that actually puts out some decent light?

Tinstaafl i was total opposite. I used vans in the UK for years and you dont really see trucks pulling trailers in the UK.When I moved here I then bought a truck to try the trailer and truck combo out and i could never go back to a van now. So much more room in a 7x14 trailer than i ever had in a van and i can leave it at the job the whole time im working there and then use my truck to pick up materials when i need to. It also means i can keep my truck nice and work from the trailer.
 

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Capra Aegagrus
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...So much more room in a 7x14 trailer than i ever had in a van and i can leave it at the job the whole time im working there and then use my truck to pick up materials when i need to.
I know exactly what you mean. :thumbsup:

But that's dependent on the type of work you do, and where you do it. While I do sometimes have a days/weeks long job, more commonly it's 1-2 days with the need to do a hit & run on one or two other jobs at the same time. And in town, a trailer can get pretty awkward for parking--let alone security.

I can haul a few 4x12 sheets of stock inside the van, and I have an open trailer for bulkier stuff. Right now, that's the optimum setup for me.

get some 12V fluorescent lights from an rv place.
Yes, I'm aware of them, and I might eventually go that route. But I'd sooner use the more efficient LEDs, with no flicker/possible cold weather hassles. Thanks! :thumbsup:
 

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Went through this whole scenario. I really want something approaching room light.

I have a good battery. Get one if you don't. But it did occur to me to there may be a problem somewhere down the line. I may just have to get one of those battery booster packs also because at that time of the evening I'm not interested in any problems trying to get home.

The lights are only $25 and the wiring, fuse, switches another $25.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_...ywords=battery+booster+pack&sprefix=battery+b
 

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Went through this whole scenario. I really want something approaching room light. ...

...I may just have to get one of those battery booster packs also because at that time of the evening I'm not interested in any problems trying to get home.
You don't think the halogens would be too sharply focused to hit the whole cargo area?

As for the booster pack... nah. I have jumper cables, and I know how to stand beside my vehicle holding them and looking helpless. :laughing:
 

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I don't know what kind of vehicles you guys are using but I leave my Dodge van doors open all day long and still get 5 years out of the battery on regular van lights and never have a battery go dead.

I'd upgrade to lights they sell in campers but to me the flashlight I keep on my console works well.
 

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If i used to leave the doors open on my 2005 van i had in UK and not switch the internal lights to off, my batts would go dead by the end of a 8 hour day and that was with a dual battery setup. Also depnds on how many lights it has. mine had 2 in the rear and 1 up front.

I have a British motor cycle I can understand that UK problem.
 

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Rv shops should have dome lights with LED's but LEd tech is still pricey compared to standard bulbs.

Setting up 2 deep cycle batteries with standard RV dome lights works fine in my trailer. They drain a battery pretty fast but I also have a couple of solar chargers in the roof.

With my alarm, 2 lights 2 solar cells 2 batteries wires brackets etc etc I have a bout $500 invested and that was on the cheap.
 

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I put 2 battery operated lights in my job trailer. The lights operate off of D batteries, have a motion detector to turn the lights on and a timer to turn the lights off. Not very bright, but much easier than an auxillary battery and wiring to the Sprinter. I think they came from Las Vegas. I wish I could remember the web site or name.
 

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I put 12 volt Halogen/Xenon puck lights in my trailer.

The problem with the 12 volt fluorescent lights is they aren't very bright when it is cold.
 

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They make some small led lights that you just push to turn on. Run on one or two AA batery's. They are ok, you will need more than you think you will.
That's why I was asking. I've dealt with some of them, and don't want to have to put up half a dozen. I know there are some pretty high-output LED setups around, and I wouldn't mind spending a little more for them. But not $70-$80 each.

Thanks to everyone else for the ideas. I've used fluorescents before, and as Kgmz says, they're just not that great in the cold. Push comes to shove, I'll go with halogens or even 12V incandescents, and just not run them hours on end.

Just trying to be a bit green--which in this case, means being able to splurge light-wise without worrying about the battery. :thumbsup:
 

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There is a guy on here who I think, if I remember correctly. Had some nice LED lights set up in his van. I thought is was stp57 , but I could be wrong. I'm curious on this topic too, I'd like to install some lights in my truck cap and side boxes.



Dave
 

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I know this is slightly different than you 'van' guys but, I just went to the local RV store and bought a shore power plug in, like boats have.

Cut a hole in the side of my trailer and sealed it in.
Ran to one double with an outlet and switch, feed through grey pvc conduit to three 75w lights.
I have had to work in there a couple times allready this year to get some things buttoned up.

Side note: looks like my trailer is on fire from a distance, 3 75's may be a bit much for a 20' trailer.
 
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