LED Ceiling Lights for Van Conversion: Acegoo 12V (3 Watts) Dimmable Recessed Puck

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LED Ceiling Lights for Van Conversion: Acegoo 12V (3 Watts) Dimmable Recessed Puck

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 on Amazon.
acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (White)
Warm White, White Finish. Buy on Amazon.
acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (Silver)
Cool White, Silver Finish. Buy on Amazon.
acegoo Recessed Ceiling Light LED 12V 3W, Warm White (White)
Cool White, White Finish. Buy on 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:

Led Dimmer Slider 12V Single Zone
Single Zone Switch and Dimmer (12V). Buy on Amazon.
LED Switch 3 Way
3-Way Single-Zone Switch and Dimmer (to install more than one switch that control the same LEDs). Buy on Amazon.
Dual_Slide_Switch_Dimmer_LEDs
Dual Zone Switch and Dimmer (12V). Buy on 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 (Buy on Amazon), 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: https://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 the wiring diagram:

Van LED lights Wiring

(Note: to size your wires, please read: Electrical System Design)

Material shown in the sketch above:

 

To have solid and reliable electrical connections with different wire diameter (14 AWG vs 22 AWG), we used:

On LED side:

22-18 AWG Male Disconnect Ancor Heat Shrink
22-18 AWG Male Disconnect Ancor Heat Shrink . Buy on Amazon. (note male/female pictures are mixed up in the Amazon page at the time of writing this; make your selection according to the text, not the images!)
On live side:

16-14 AWG Female Disconnect Ancor Heat Shrink
16-14 AWG Female Disconnect Ancor Heat Shrink. Buy on Amazon.

 

Random pictures:

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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  1. Hey guys! I love the information so far, my build is going great! I am currently deciding on solar/battery bank/alternator charging information, and forgive me if this seems like a silly question. But I was wondering, in calculating my daily usage for amp hours, should I add in the dimmers you list here, in tandem with the lights? Or do I leave those off the daily usage calculator? I cannot seem to find any information regarding this question, and in your mock daily use calculator for your van, you do not add the dimmers into your equation! Do they only pull energy/wattage when they are adjusted? Or lets say I have the lights on for 4 hours a day, should I factor in the amp hours for the dimmer for 4 hours as well? Thanks in Advance!

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    • No need to enter the dimmer itself in the calculator.
      – Let’s say you plan on using lights for 4 hours at 100% capacity (not dimmed) and they draw 3 amps when ON: you have to enter 4 hours, 3A in the calculator.
      – If you plan on using the lights for 4 hours at 50% (dimmed), you’d enter: 4 hours, 1.5A in the calculator.

      Hope that makes sense!

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  2. Are these lights also the kind you can turn off or on by tapping the actual light? I was thinking of going that route when we start our build.

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  3. Hello. Typically 12v dimmer switches require a ground wire, I didn’t see any mention of this? Does this setup not require a ground wire straight to the negative battery busbar? THanks.

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  4. This may be a silly question – when both dimmers are all the way down, are the lights fully off? Or do you have to switch them off somewhere else? Thanks!

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    • There’s not other switch; sliding them all the way down turn them OFF (there’s a bit more resistance when you reach the OFF position, so you know exactly when that happens!).

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  5. Have you ever wished you had an additional set of puck lights with red LEDs? I’m thinking about it for a build, I’m imagining they’d be useful if someone is in the back while driving or if you have to get up at night and don’t want to lose your night vision. Curious to hear your take.

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