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Old 02-03-2017, 04:20 PM   #1
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Aviator LED awning lights

Hi, I'm sure many of you have successfully done LED light mods, i just wanted to share with you what we did and not break the bank.
We picked up our Aviator a few months ago and have been enjoying doing various mods. The Aviator is 100% Led lighting but there is no outside awning light, just an 18' amber porch light which is nice , but not enough. The awning manufacturer Carefree has them, multicoloured with a remote, but by the time I get them to Canada its almost $300..
Found some on Amazon here , 2 strings of 16' , 300 LEDs per string with power source and ir remote for $40 bucks, me likey.
So to wire them in they have a 120V to 12V transformer(the lites are 12V)I snipped that off leaving enough wire to play with. And the found a 12V power source on the awning , which is the black and red wire in the awning which goes to the motion sensor on the awning. I spliced the lights into that and tucked the IR box and wires in the awning housing and ty wrapped them in place. with the awning closed all you see is the wire going to the LEDs which i mounted under the drip gutter and the IR dongle hanging down for the remote control. We cleaned under the drip gutter with rubbing alcohol and attached the 3-M backed lights to it. Hit the remote and viola multiple light colors , so far it has been awesome and we have a spare string of lights if this one goes bad or we want install some elsewhere.and the price is right.The other nice thing is when you go in at night or just want to shut them off , just turn off the panel switch for the awning power and the remote remembers what setting you were at when you turn on the awning power again You can cut these LED lites strip with scissors in whatever length you want and add 12V power. I'm thinking cupboards and storage areas, as they draw very little amperage. Anywhere you want..

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Old 02-03-2017, 04:43 PM   #2
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Very nice !!
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:00 AM   #3
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I replaced all three outside lights on our Aviator with "scare lights". Since I'm full solar and don't worry about 12vdc, I leave them set to automatic. Anytime anyone gets anywhere near the unit, they come on. They make us feel a lot safer in campgrounds or boondocking. Deer, dogs, and raccoons turn them on, but you can turn down the sensitivity if need be or have them stay on while you are outside doing things.
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Looks great!
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:19 AM   #5
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You can pick up an RF receiver in place of the IR that will give you more range and levels of brightness. I can control mine from 60-80 feet.

I purchased it on Amazon for $13.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks, I will check into the rf, I have to be fairly close with the one we have now.
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http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/tags/led.html

good idea .
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Old 02-04-2017, 04:14 PM   #8
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Thanks, I will check into the rf, I have to be fairly close with the one we have now.
My receiver is placed high in an overhead cabinet, attached to the inside of the outside wall. So there is very little to interfere with the signal.

The thing we like most about it is that there are many more levels of bright and dim. We can dim it, in any color, to just a very little glow, which is nice when you need just enough light to see a little.
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What was the Amazon search you did? Im sure im not the only one who would like to get some for our camper.
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What was the Amazon search you did? Im sure im not the only one who would like to get some for our camper.
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This is the one I have. I also bought one for my son for his camper as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I found ours on Amazon.ca, just type in LED light strings, there are literally hundreds of options. With the little bit of research I did, most lite strings are 16'4" long , you want to get 300 lites per string some offer 150, but more is better. Look for waterproof , self adhesive. They come in bright white or multicolour, which pretty much has every color in the rainbow. The ones i
I found are through Canadian searches but in the States you probably have even more options.
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I went a step future.....mine are also RF controlled, but as I have awning and de-flapper poles, I drilled the poles for the lights, inserted within, and added them to my de-flapper poles.....gotta get creative....lol........If you have trouble with the tape holding them on, you can get moulding tape at a automotive parts house, or, I bought alum track with a clear cover and no tape required....got an extra slot in awning roller?....they fit in there, on there side.........if you have a sunscreen that would slide in that groove, they make a double track....and you can leave the double track in when rolling up awning without hurting fabric........short pieces you have left over also work for outside steps, up against the top of the well...
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