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Old 07-13-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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Where did you install the dimmer? Ours are wired to factory wired switches. One rocker style switch is in the main switch panel and the other is in the slide-out. Can those rocker switches be replaced directly with a dimmer? That would be nice!
When my DH gets back from fishing I'll post how he did it =) They still work of of the rocker switch at the control panel, but he must have split off of it and installed the dimmer where our outdoor fridge is.
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:36 PM   #12
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I only turned mine on once or twice to show friends how they look. Went to use them 6 months later and had about 10 burned out. They were replaced under warranty but if they fail again I will not be replacing them at my cost. LED's are highly reliable so I suspect that they either used cheap LEDs or the wiring is too flimsy
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Old 07-21-2014, 12:42 PM   #13
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I've got nearly a dozen out on mine after almost a year. They're dirt cheap and an easy replacement with just about any color. Whatever they use is evidently junk. I'm probably about to order a new strip and move the old one to my pass through storage since there's no light in there on mine. The factory one isn't overly bright to me, but I may go with a warmer light when I replace them.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:50 PM   #14
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LED Awning Lights

Can someone please make it a little easier to find LED's as a replacement... Maybe a link so we can see what you're buying. Like a PP mentioned, if I need to work on my rig, I flip them on. Otherwise, way too bright and attracts way too many bugs. I'd love to buy some amber lights but have no idea what to purchase.

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:08 PM   #15
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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JSHD9RC/ref=twister_B00ENX0VU4

Something like these. For some reason the link keeps defaulting to pink. They have an option for warm white that might work better than what comes on the trailer...that's what I think I'm going to do. Multi color programmable is another option.
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Old 07-21-2014, 10:59 PM   #16
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LED string constantly failing

I am on my third 15' string of EBAY multi colored leds under my awning. It seems as though they work fine for several months and then 3 here and 3 there will go out in various colors.. They might all work in green, but 3 will be out in red or 6 might be out in blue. I am getting leary of replacing them again with those available on EBAY from China... I have been told that if I even buy them here in the U.S, the cost will be much higher and there is no guarantee that they won't also be from China and fail just as fast.. Thoughts? Good sources that you have found with quality lights
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:25 PM   #17
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Since you all are talking about it, I was thinking of putting on the multi colored one myself.

So my questions are:

Where did you put the IR controller?

Did you make your own switch?

And do I need to make my own harness between the strip and controller because of the distance?

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Old 12-14-2014, 04:23 PM   #18
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We feel like we're on a Broadway stage when we have ours on...so we don't use them much.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:39 PM   #19
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I know it's an older thread, but...I replaced mine a few months ago.

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Since you all are talking about it, I was thinking of putting on the multi colored one myself.

So my questions are:

Where did you put the IR controller?

Did you make your own switch?

And do I need to make my own harness between the strip and controller because of the distance?

Thanks for the help


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I drilled a hole in the awning support into the storage compartment where the factory LED wiring went. I spliced the controller into the factory wiring so I could turn it on and off with the porch light switch (that was how the factory awning lights were done). I mounted the controller / IR box with velcro to the inside of the storage compartment so it would be out of the elements and stuck the IR sensor out of the hole I ran the wires through so it peaks out the bottom of the awning support. With the molding put back on you can't see it unless you know it's there.

As to the wiring, the color strips were five wire instead of the two wire from the factory, so I couldn't reuse the factory wires. I went to Lowes and picked up some thermostat wire...21/5 I think. It's stiff, bendable, and already has five wires (mostly the same colors as the light strip) and wrapped up nice and neat. I soldered that in and good to go.

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We feel like we're on a Broadway stage when we have ours on...so we don't use them much.
One of the things I like about the new lights is they're dimmable. That, and a warmer light.
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Old 12-14-2014, 07:57 PM   #20
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I ordered these off of E-bay for about $25 a year ago, and they are still working well (5M 5050 RGB LED Strip 5M 300 LEDs Light 60led/M Waterproof IP68). I had 4 other sets from E-bay (5M 300 LED IP67) that all had some or a lot of the LEDs go out. The IP67 claim to be waterproof, but are not. Water got in from the adhesive backing. The IP68 are encased in semi-soft rubber and do not have an adhesive backing, so a different means of attachment is necessary. I attached mine with little adhesive zip-tie tabs about every 2'.
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