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Old 04-20-2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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Dimming LED lights

My biggest complaint with my new camper (Cherokee 274 dbh) is the god-awful LED 'accent' light strips. I don't know why they're called 'accent lighting' I'm convinced that the International Space Station could use my camper as a fixed navigation point.

Anyway - I took a suggestion from someone here and purchased an in-line RF dimmer for both the awning lights and inside LED light strips like this one



Admittedly I'm not an electrician and became rather confused when I pulled the switch off - I was expecting a black wire, a white wire, and a green wire ... that's not what I found.





I could GUESS which wire was which, but thought I'd ask the experts here first and ask for a recommendation as to WHERE in this configuration to wire in the dimmers.

Do I need both, or is there a point in this wiring system that I could just use 1 to handle both sets of lights? (note: I'd prefer to be able to dim them separately)

Any insight or guidance would be phenomenally appreciated.
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Any ideas on which is the positive and which is the negative wire?
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If I had to make an educated guess the white wires at the top of the switch are the incoming 12V and the yellow and brown are going to the lights. One thing you may run into is the two dimmers work off the same frequency so when you try to adjust one they may both change.
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I am curious as to what exactly those two switches do. Any way you can post a pic of the front side?
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I don't currently have any and the camper is an hour away at the moment.

One switch is for the outside LEDs, the other is for the inside. The switches themselves do light up as well.
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One thing you may run into is the two dimmers work off the same frequency so when you try to adjust one they may both change.
I can live with that if they do. The Ebay seller was adamant that one remote could not control both dimmers b/c they're on different frequencies - but either way I'm not too worried about it.
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please keep me informed if they do work off different frequencies I want to do the same thing.
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I don't currently have any and the camper is an hour away at the moment.

One switch is for the outside LEDs, the other is for the inside. The switches themselves do light up as well.
OK, gotcha. Whichever position is on for the switch (usually up), the uppermost terminals are going to be the12v+ hot. The middle terminals are
going to be to the lights +. So when you turn on the switch, it's going to close the circuit and provide power to the lights.

The bottom should be the 12v-.

The wires going from the top and bottom of the right hand switch over to the left hand switch is just a jumper wire.....that provides the 12v+ and 12v- to the second switch.

I think Happy Vibe explained it already. White is the 12v +, yellow is the + to the lights, and brown is 12v -.
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After looking at the picture again wmtire is correct. I said the brown was going to the light but that is not correct. the two wires, yellow with white stripe and white with yellow stripe, are going to the lights.
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You guys are awesome - thank you!
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