LED Lighting

June 12, 20133

One of the easiest and most impactful things for a boondocker to do is replace your standard incandescent light bulbs with an LED version. An LED bulb will use 10% of the energy and last 20 times longer than an incandescent. This means more time between bulb replacement and a lot more time on one battery charge.

Replacement is easy. You can pull the old light bulb out and read the exact bulb number, then a quick search on Amazon should provide you with a replacement to all your lights for under $30.

Exterior LED light on a popup camper

And don’t forget your outside lights. Personally, I haven’t yet changed my tail lamp and running lights, as they run on my car’s power and can’t technically pull from my popup camper battery. But I do have an outdoor light near the door which has been changed to LED.

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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.