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Old 06-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Exterior LED Lighting

So some friends and I all performed the following MOD on our various campers. My rig is a 23SS so I figured I would share the info.

We attached self-adhesive LED lightstrip to the bottom of the awning bracket. I then poked a hole through the side of the camper to run the wires inside. In my 23SS I was able to run the wires into the wood panel that houses my radio, so I ran the wires down and tapped into the 12V adapter outlet and added a switch.

In some of my friends units they tapped into the outside amber light and removed the amber bulb so that their switch that normally controls the amber light now controls the LED lightstrip instead.

The lights I used are from Amazon ($19):
Amazon.com: Hitlights Weatherproof Warm White Flexible Ribbon LED Strip Light, 300 LEDs, 5 Meters (16.4 Feet) Spool, 12VDC Input (Adapter not included): Home Improvement

After this I will never put out my globe lights again. Because of the way my awning sits when retracted I can use these lights even when the awning is in. No more going out in the middle of the night when a storm comes in to take down the lights so that I can retract the awning!!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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My solution to awning lights

Lol just sayin.

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Old 06-19-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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In some of my friends units they tapped into the outside amber light and removed the amber bulb so that their switch that normally controls the amber light now controls the LED lightstrip instead.
I tapped the power for mine behind the refrigerator vent. currently using the same AC plug as the refigerator but plan on tapping DC to eliminate power supply. Their is room for the power supply and receiver there. I stuck the cord with the IR transmitter end out the vent on the side of the TT so the remote can work. And ran the power cord out the refrigerator roof vent to the side of the awning where the strip starts.

I believe that Dometic has actually started incorporating these into their awnings.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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I like the warm white LEDs. The factory LEDs are cool white and are not quite as pleasant.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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I like the idea of mounting them under the awning rail.

Never have to worry about forgetting to unplug before rolling awning up.
I think I will look for cool white.
Any chance you can post a night time picture to see how bright they are?
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Nice work, Kobbsters!
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Guys you really need to check out the above thread. Everything has been covered there.



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I tapped the power for mine behind the refrigerator vent. currently using the same AC plug as the refigerator but plan on tapping DC to eliminate power supply. Their is room for the power supply and receiver there. I stuck the cord with the IR transmitter end out the vent on the side of the TT so the remote can work. And ran the power cord out the refrigerator roof vent to the side of the awning where the strip starts.

I believe that Dometic has actually started incorporating these into their awnings.
Don't know about Dometic, but the Carefree of Colorado awning on my new Surveyor came with a strip of LED lights that are recessed in a dedicated groove on the awning reel. So you can't used them unless the awning is fully opened. The light illuminates the entire door side of the camper and the reflection casts a nice indirect lighting when you're sitting under there at night. We've had a lot of people who see it at night and think it's cool.
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