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Old 08-26-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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Step Lighting Mod.

My retractable step light had never worked. After the post.....
Steps and Outside lighting
I investigated the light and found it badly corroded and non-working. Rather then replacing it with a $25 same light, I replaced it with a 14 LED truck clearance light...........
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/rectangular-marker-lamps/oval-led-truck-trailer-light-4in-pc-rated-led-marker-clearance-light-with-14-leds/587/

The results were impressive. I also added wiring such that the step light would go on when the Aisle switch or the Porch switch was on. The light also comes on normally when the step is out and the Step switch on. With the Step switch off, the light doesn't come on, but buy adding control from the Aisle and Porch, it gives one choices.

I thought that that the LED conversion might be something everyone can consider, even without the extra functionality.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:49 PM   #2
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Step Lighting Mod.

Hank, Looks great can you post the wiring diagram for your setup?


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Old 08-26-2015, 05:49 PM   #3
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Way to go Hank.
Did you end up using that 'purple' wire to the control box?


I decided to go LED strip and waiting on a part to show up.
But since we are on the road, I'm not sure when I'll get it finished.
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Old 08-26-2015, 05:59 PM   #4
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Way to go Hank.
Did you end up using that 'purple' wire to the control box?


I decided to go LED strip and waiting on a part to show up.
But since we are on the road, I'm not sure when I'll get it finished.
Dan, I did not use the purple wire, only the black. I have a LED strip and may add it on later to augment the step light. I will first have to live with what I got before doing that, though.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:05 PM   #5
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Nice upgrade!!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:19 PM   #6
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Where did you pick up that wire from the Aisle light switch?
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Dan the Aisle light switch has an open wire at the door handle. The clear plastic one. While you have the handle off you can add the led bulb there and make a splice to continue the wire to the step light.
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Dan the Aisle light switch has an open wire at the door handle. The clear plastic one. While you have the handle off you can add the led bulb there and make a splice to continue the wire to the step light.
Yes, I have had the handle off and actually did a forum write up on how to add the LED to light the handle.
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I just didn't know how to get the wire from there to the step. Continue down through the wall?
My main problem is probably that I'm parked in a CG's and can't crawl up under very far.
I'll figure it out.
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:00 PM   #9
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Hank, Looks great can you post the wiring diagram for your setup?


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If you like to tinker, this mod. is a labor of love. The most difficult job was finding a way to get the wire from the stairway switch bank. I found a way
which will eliminate that part for you.

With the generator pulled out and the switch bank unloosened from the wall, I drilled a 1/4" hole as shown in the pic. from the front of the MH. It is 10" up and in line with the next to top stair riser (which can be seen from the front). There is two layers of sheet metal separated by foam. Therefore, the drill bit goes about 2 1/2" until you see it on the inside. I used tubing to insulate the wire and then flexible plastic conduit for the run.

Only one wire needs to be run for two switches. See the schematic. The LED light requires two holes and spacers for its wires, or a third middle 3/8" hole.

All the sources for the light require a diode and all the diode cathodes are tied together (the stripe end of the diode). You can run one or multiple lights.
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Excellent Idea and Nice Documentation

Hank -

Very nice drawing and explanation. Can I skip installing the diodes, and just wire the position light common to the lighted handle? (aisle light, I think).

Allen

P.S: Even though I know that a diode is a one-way "valve" for electrons, it's still a challenging concept for a chemical engineer
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