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Old 04-22-2016, 01:40 PM   #1
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Led Dimmer Switch for Overhead lights

I have 2015 Georgetown 378. It has a basic on/ of switch that controls the overhead lights. Want to replace it with a dimmer switch. Any recommendations or success.
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Old 04-22-2016, 03:37 PM   #2
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I have 2015 Georgetown 378. It has a basic on/ of switch that controls the overhead lights. Want to replace it with a dimmer switch. Any recommendations or success.
Some 12 volt LED light can not be dimmed.
Hopefully someone will be able to tell you more.
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Old 04-22-2016, 03:39 PM   #3
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Led Dimmer Switch for Overhead lights

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Several of us 378 owners installed lighting over the microwave to help with lighting over the stove. It is sad that with the 378 overhead light is either all or nothing and if a dimmer can be safely installed, it would be a good addition. Keep us informed how it works out.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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Look on either Amazon or eBay.
Search 12 volt LED dimmer.
Just make sure it is for LED's and that it can handle the amperage. (Watts)
It needs to be PWM type of dimmer.
I will be installing one next month.
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:45 PM   #5
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I don't know what kind of light fixture you have in your unit, but my led ceiling lights were as bright as the sun. I took some static cling window tint that I had left over from doing the windows, and cut a couple of pieces to put I'm my light covers. Now two of them are way dimmer than the rest if them. We use them when watching TV or even as night light.
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We added 120v rope lighting above both our slide outs and installed in a wood trim and we use this while watching tv and such, Also did a custom wood head liner. Works great
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:43 PM   #7
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Look on either Amazon or eBay.
Search 12 volt LED dimmer.
Just make sure it is for LED's and that it can handle the amperage. (Watts)
It needs to be PWM type of dimmer.
I will be installing one next month.
For my MBS I'm looking at this one
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AY6NUJW/...GT1GJBCQ&psc=1
As stated, the LED's must be able to be dimmed, especially 115VAC, but I'm somewhat reluctant to put this PWM dimmer on the 12V LEDs---at 12VDC I'm suspecting that all the parts are basically passive, a resistor and a string of LEDS to make a 12VDC LED--this is the typical LED Rope light configuration. The MBS are individual lamps--if there are active parts I could ruin all of them. I may pull all the lamps but one and make a test, but I'll do that one of these months, if not one else responds.

Anyone else care to chime in here with the voice experience?
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:51 PM   #8
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LED lights, be it AC or DC must be marked "dimmable". The dimmer switch must also be LED specific. However, incandescent lights will dim with an LED specific dimmer.
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Old 04-23-2016, 03:35 PM   #9
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I replaced all of the overhead light bulbs in my 2011 Georgetown 327DS with bulk purchased 48 bulb LED panels that fit in the fixtures. There panels have an absolute maximum voltage rating of 12V because they get very hot at higher voltages. These inexpensive panels also have no regulators on the circuit boards. I added a voltage regulator to each fixture ($1.25 each - another bulk purchase) to limit the voltage which makes the lights run cool. I could also easily install a single regulator at the switch to dim all of the lights or modify the regulators in the fixtures to allow individual adjustment.

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Old 04-25-2016, 11:45 AM   #10
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Specifications?

Hi Phil,
Sounds interesting.
Would you post a link to your panels and voltage regulators?
Thanks
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