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After a few trial-and-error we finally found what (we think) are the perfect recessed ceiling LED lights! The first LED we ordered were WAY too bright as the glass was clear instead of frosted. Even with a dimmer, the light was shocking for the eye. Then we stumbled on the Acegoo LED lights…

 

We installed 10 Acegoo Warm-White LEDs: in term of lumens, 6-8 lights should be enough. We installed 10 in order to get a more uniform source of lightning (so when a overhead storage door is opened, we’re still getting light from somewhere).

The LED lights are operated with a dual zone dimmer; the bedroom zone has 4 lights and the kitchen zone has 6 lights.

The 10 lights draw 1.3 amp total at 100% intensity, 0.1 amp total at minimum intensity. For reference, we will set the intensity to 100% when washing dishes, being productive, etc. We will set the intensity to approximately 10% for quiet moments.

LED-Intensity

Amperage Draw reading on the Bogart TM-2030-RV Monitor.

 

 

What we Like about the Acegoo LED Lights

  • They are dimmable (with an appropriate LED dimmer, see below)
  • The frosted glass produces a soft & diffused light
  • The spring mechanism makes it very easy to install and remove the LED from the ceiling

 

What we Don’t Like …

Nothing to see here!

 

 

Models & Where to Buy

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acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (Silver)

Warm White, Silver Finish. These are the one that we are using! Buy from Amazon.

acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (White)

Warm White, White Finish. Buy from Amazon.

acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (Silver)

Cool White, Silver Finish. Buy from Amazon.

acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (White)

Cool White, White Finish. Buy from Amazon.

 

Dimmer

LEDs MUST be dimmed with an appropriate LED dimmer. If you’re in the market for a 12V one, good luck! They are either super expensive or super ugly. After countless hours of research, we found the perfect match for our great LEDs! It’s a two-zones dimmer, so we can control the bedroom/kitchen LEDs independently. The sliders feel great and hold in place as they should. The lights are off when the sliders are completely down:

Dual_Slide_Switch_Dimmer_LEDs

Dual Slide Switch and Dimmer (12V). Buy from SuperBrightLEDs.com.

 

Dual-Zone-Dimmer

 

Installation

It doesn’t get easier than this…

acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, installation

Manufacturer Installation Instructions (click to enlarge)

 

Using a 2-3/8″ diameter hole saw (http://amzn.to/2rLyoRG), we prepared the cutouts in the paneling:

Recessed Light LED Cutout

 

To install the LEDs, pull-up the two springs then the LEDs just “snap” into place (and can later be removed easily).

For the wood paneling installation write-up: http://faroutride.com/wood-paneling/

 

Electrical Wiring

The lights are wired in parallel (we heard of some people wiring them in series and it wouldn’t work). Here is a rough sketch on how we’ve done it:

LED Wiring

Note: The size of the wiring (AWG) depends on your own electrical system (different wire length will drive different wire size… if you’re not following, please read this: Electrical System Design)

Material shown in the sketch above:

 

Van-Converson-LED-wiring

LED wiring van

 

 

Voilà!

Lights-On-Lights-Off

Lights Off / Lights On

 

Runner Up

As mentioned in the introduction, we first ordered LEDs from Superbrightleds.com. Why didn’t we used them? Because they are, well… SUPER-BRIGHT! The clear glass will not diffuse the light and we found this to be very irritating. Also, we prefer the spring mechanism of the Acegoo LEDs; we feel they will hold better and can be replaced more easily. Don’t get us wrong: the quality of the superbrightleds.com is just fine. In fact, we would certainly use them at a location where the light is not directly in our eyes (such as the cargo area). But because of the clear glass, we would not recommend them for a living area.

SuperBrightLEDS VS acegoo

(click to enlarge)

 

Conclusion

We’re stoked with our Acegoo lights / Dual-Zone-Dimmer combo! If we were to start over, we would go the exact same route!

 

 

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14 comments

  1. Comment by Kyle

    Kyle Reply June 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    We bought the same lights for our van and are debating on installing dimming switches. With the dimmers you listed above, do they require additional on and off switches?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      We REALLY use the dimmer a lot! It helps save power and create an ambiance too 🙂
      No need for on/off switch: off = sliders fully down.

      Cheers!
      🙂

  2. Comment by Nick

    Nick Reply June 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Your website is fantastic. Definitely using for a primary resource in my build

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Nice, thanks!
      Glad it’s helping 🙂

      • Comment by Nick

        Nick Reply September 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Hey Antione,

        Did I miss the page where you go into wiring of your lights? Have been trying to find a reliable method of stinging them up, no tutorials as clear as yours though… thanks!

        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply September 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm

          You’re right, we still need to write about that!

          Each LED is wired in parallel.
          We ran a “main” 14AWG wire from the fuse panel to the dimmer, then to the last LED, and we spliced the main wire for each LED using this:
          https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/3M/804C.html

          Hope that makes sense?!

  3. Comment by Jaz

    Jaz Reply June 25, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Hey Antoine, what did you guys do with the lights that were already installed on the frame of the cargo area when you bought it? It looks like your wood paneling is going over them at this point. I’m trying to think of my plan of attack for it right now.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 26, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      We removed the lights and the wiring as well; it quite easy to disconnect them from the main van harness (no need to cut the wire, if I recall. It’s just a plug).

  4. Comment by James

    James Reply August 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Not sure what journal build to ask this in, but could you tell me exactly how much interior height you have in your living space? (Walkway between kitchen area)

    Cheers.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      I just measured 76.25″

      Antoine

  5. Comment by Eric

    Eric Reply August 11, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Hi Antoine! Your build journal has been something of a Bible for me in planning my own build, thanks so much for the detailed directions and amazon links, very helpful! One thing that has been keeping me up at night (literally) is how to go about wiring the acegoo led’s in parallel…can you provide some pointers?

    Just looking at your photos it looks like you guys used quick connector spade terminals for each light fixture…how did you wire those into the main wire from the fuse box?

    Thanks so much for the information and best of luck on your upcoming road trip!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hi Eric, so glad the website is useful!!

      We used 3M ScotchLok (with gel): https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/3M/804C.html

      I cannot really recommend those connectors; not that we had problem with them, but because I don’t think they are as reliable as the rest of our electrical system… we used them anyway because they are easily accessible and we could at worst re-do the connections.
      The proper way is to use crimp cap: http://amzn.to/2vrdH28

      So basically we run an electrical wire from the fuse box up to the last LED and we use the 3M connectors to “tap” into that wire to connect other LEDs.

      Hope that make sense!
      antoine

  6. Comment by Meredydd

    Meredydd Reply September 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    HI Antone:

    I have my acegoo lights ordered through your link (thanks!) as well as the dimmer switch from SuperBrightLEDs. But I’m still struggling (clueless, in fact) with the wiring. What type of wire (looks like it has a white housing?) did you use from the fuse block to the final light? And did you use the same type of wire to “T-off” to the three extra light?

    Looking forward, eagerly, to Part III of your electrical write-up — wiring, sockets, etc.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 29, 2017 at 8:45 am

      THANKS for using our links 🙂

      Each LED is wired in parallel.
      We ran a “main” 14AWG wire (similar to this: http://amzn.to/2x2nE8i) from the fuse panel to the dimmer, then to the last LED, and we spliced the main wire for each LED using this:
      https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/3M/804C.html

      If I recall correctly, it’s the same wire from the “main” wire to the LED lights.

      About part III of the electrical write-up, can you please define “etc”?! I need some inspiration..! Be specific and I will try to answer all your questions! Thanks! 🙂

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