Lights are a huge topic in the RV world. The lights in the Camper are normally ugly. They are ugly, and I mean ugly. Especially if your Camper is a little dated like ours, the lights are not nice to look at.
And most of the light fixtures have yellow light bulbs which makes them look even more dated. But the question is, ‘ How to update lighting in your camper’ without getting frustrated and knowing what to do.
The easiest thing to do to update the lighting in your RV
Why do you want to update your RV light fixtures? Because they don’t look very pretty and they use a lot of energy. That was our main concern when we were thinking about replacing them.
But I didn’t really want to replace my RV interior lights because I am not an electrician and everything electricity doesn’t make me feel good. This is why I was looking for an easy way to update the light fixtures.
Are you thinking of updating your RV a little bit, but don’t know where to start? Start by painting the walls and you will have a lighter and airy feel instantly. Here is how to do that:
Can I change my Camper lights to LED?
The easiest thing you can do is to take the old light bulbs out and put new 12 volts LED light bulbs in. First of all that will give you instantly white and bright light and second it is not heating up the inside of your camper.
LED lights are also a win because the light won’t add to the heat inside of your camper. And this is actually a big deal if you are parked in a hot region.
This is how all of our interior lights look in our Travel Trailer. We replaced the RV lightbulbs with LED bulbs. Well, this is much better, but they still don’t look very attractive.
How to get to the light bulb? How to change RV interior light bulbs?
- You can either squeeze the clear plastic a little bit and slide it out or
- check if there are little screws on the side that you have to unscrew to be able to take off the plastic cover and get to the bulb
- or you need to use a tiny screwdriver to slide it in between the gaps to open it up.
- Now check what type of light bulb you need for an easy replacement.
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Now you can stop right here if this is what you wanted. Better light in your light fixture and done. But if this looks bad to you and the light is too bright, why don’t you add some decor?
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RV lighting can be easily updated
How to update the lighting in your Camper and How to change RV lights:
Remodel old light fixtures
We have a lot of the same lights in our Travel Trailer. One over the bed, over the couch, the kitchen, and at the entrance. They all look the same. A bright light in the kitchen makes sense, but not over the bed. So I saw this funky idea and absolutely love it:
This is cool, don’t you think so? You don’t want to replace your light fixtures because they are still o.k. then just make them pretty. If you have the ability and know-how to crochet, this is a great way to update this kind of light.
If you don’t have the patience or the ability to make a crochet cover, do what I did:
I made something similar for my bedroom light and it fits perfectly to my colorful and funky interior:
How to cover up an old light fixture
4 easy steps to make a funky cover in 10 minutes:
- go to the birthday section at your Walmart/Target/Dollar Store and look for decoration items with paper strips/tassels.
- use double-sided tape and cover the rim of your light fixture.
- stick the paper strips/tassels onto the tape
- cover it up with a decorative wrap/ribbon and done
I love the looks of the light now, especially at night. It adds a little boho/funk to the camper and softens the light up and makes it so much cozier.
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Do you like to add a pattern to your walls? Add a peel and stick wallpaper to change the look of your RV completely. Actually, you just need to add a couple of panels and make an accent wall – you are going to love it:
RV light fixture replacement made easy
Replacing 12 Volts light fixtures in an RV
Replacing light fixtures is actually no big deal because you can use a 12 Volt light fixture with a regular fixture and use a 12 Volt bulb. This makes the search for a pretty light fixture so much easier.
If you need some inspiration on what kind of light fixtures you can use in your RV, here are some ideas:
There are many more pretty light fixtures available, just scroll around on Amazon. But be sure to look for 12 V fixtures if your light fixture in your RV is also 12 Volts.
Do you need a light fixture with an on/off switch?
In case you can’t find a light fixture with an on/off switch, just buy a switch on Amazon and install it yourself.
You need a drill and the necessary screws and cable binders.
How to add an on/off switch to a light fixture
Here is actually a short video on how to do it. There are more videos on youTube in case this isn’t clear to you just look around until you find the right one for you:
Summary of how to update the lighting in your Camper
If you want a fast and easy update in your camper, just exchange the light bulbs to 12 volts LED ceiling light bulbs. Saves you money and doesn’t heat up your camper inside.
If you want to change the looks of the camper lights, try the DIY covers. I love the look of the colorful tassels and it is so simple and cheap to do.
Now if you want to exchange the whole light fixture, be sure to get a 12 V fixture if your RV light is 12 V. Make sure before you unscrew the light, that the electricity is turned off. RV ceiling lights can be replaced.
If you are not sure what you are doing, have an electrician replace your RV interior light fixtures for you. Just be safe.
But as I said, updating your RV light is actually a pretty easy and fast project to do.
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