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OEM cargo LED lights - wattage? dimmable?

Anyone know wattage / amperage of the OEM cargo LED lights? Are they dimmable? I'll be reusing them on the house battery for general lighting.

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I've been meaning to test the wattage myself. I'll try to get to that today. They should be dimmable by PWM, they don't have any regulation circuits built-in.
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Anyone know wattage / amperage of the OEM cargo LED lights? Are they dimmable? I'll be reusing them on the house battery for general lighting.
My Watt's Up meter shows 2.8W
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Is that one lamp or all four?

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Is that one lamp or all four?
One.
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Thanks, @Inkog

So 2.8 watts / 12 volts = 0.233 amps. Four cargo lights pull only 1 amp of current? Wow.

That's less than I expected. But then again, the lighting wires are pretty small gauge.

Haven't people here complained of weak starter batteries after a day's work opening and closing the doors such that the cargo lights never turn off? How could only 10 or 12 amp-hours of electricity for the lamps on a long day cripple a starter system with a 70 amp-hour battery?

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So 2.8 watts / 12 volts = 0.233 amps. Four cargo lights pull only 1 amp of current? Wow.

That's less than I expected. But then again, the lighting wires are pretty small gauge.

Haven't people here complained of weak starter batteries after a day's work opening and closing the doors such that the cargo lights never turn off? How could only 10 or 12 amp-hours of electricity for the lamps on a long day cripple a starter system with a 70 amp-hour battery?

Dunno... My extended high roof has 6 LEDs and I run the radio, with a powered sub, and lights all the time while working on the build and never have battery issues I do have the dual AGMs 140ah
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Yeah, I've probably overbuilt my house system due to fuzzy vision of future uses. Good to know the 16 AWG wire I'm using for those lights can handle the load...and then some. Time to add the disco ball!

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Thanks, @Inkog

So 2.8 watts / 12 volts = 0.233 amps. Four cargo lights pull only 1 amp of current? Wow.

That's less than I expected. But then again, the lighting wires are pretty small gauge.

Haven't people here complained of weak starter batteries after a day's work opening and closing the doors such that the cargo lights never turn off? How could only 10 or 12 amp-hours of electricity for the lamps on a long day cripple a starter system with a 70 amp-hour battery?
My 2016 cargo transit didn't come with LED lights. It had 4 incandescent bulbs that ran hot. I measured but forgot, somewhere between 2-3 amps for 4 of them. At what year did they start to have LED lights in the cargo van?

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My 2016 cargo transit didn't come with LED lights. It had 4 incandescent bulbs that ran hot. I measured but forgot, somewhere between 2-3 amps for 4 of them. At what year did they start to have LED lights in the cargo van?
The first year - 2015. My early production 2015 cargo had them- they were a $70 option.

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