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Old 04-27-2015, 12:55 AM   #1
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LED lights under awning question for 23IKSS

I have to replace my led lights that are under my awning, as almost 1/3 aren't working. I know this is probably a warranty issue, but I don't want to drive it to the next state and have it sit for something so simple. I do have a track on my camper that holds the lights so replacing them is an easy job.
sooooo...my question:

If you had to replace them, would you put them back up under the awning, or put them on the end of the awning on the tube? I am noticing that the section of lights that is "hidden" by my kitchen slide on the 23IKSS doesn't provide much light under the awning.

I would like anyone that has this camper that has used their lights in a real camping environment to share their opinion on how well the led light strip shines on the under awning area while that slide is out. Maybe it's not that bright on mine because so many of mine aren't working? HELP!
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Old 04-27-2015, 05:36 AM   #2
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Hello - you are correct, a big chunk of the LED gets blocked by the kitchen slide. It would be nice to have it on the outside edge of the awning but because it rolls up much like an old window shade I don't think it is possible. The LED would be covered by the awning fabric if you had it partially deployed, and the wires would get twisted as it rolled in and out.
On our 23IKSS I will deploy the awning almost all the way but leaving an inch or two of clearance above the kitchen slide so some of the light can get out. On a related note, I loved that ours had the LED strip but I found it was awfully bright at night so I installed a remote dimmer that tones it down. Works great.


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Old 04-27-2015, 08:32 PM   #3
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I will let you know how it turns out.
I currently don't have an issue with my LED strip, but the fact that I lose some light with the slide, I was not happy.
Just today, I installed an LED strip on the entire length of the awning tube. I ran the wire along the same awning arm that contains the wiring for the awning. I will have to be very diligent in plugging and unplugging the strip prior to extending and retracting the awning, but I think I can handle that part. I then went thru the same hole and reseated with silicone. The controller and power I placed under the front storage area.
I'll send you a picture as soon as I can. I was short a connector so waiting for it to arrive. I should have it up and lit in another day or two.


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Old 04-27-2015, 08:41 PM   #4
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mom. They already burnt out? You just got the camper. I think you can purchase better LED's than the stock ones. You can also get multi colored ones on a remote control. lol. You will love it.

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Old 04-27-2015, 09:37 PM   #5
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Sewingcybermom, Are you referring to your "scare" lights? My 23ikss has a yellow "porch" light and bright LED "scare" lights. I will watch the next time to see if any of the scare LED's have burned out.


I would like to add multi-color LED's with a remote but haven't decided how & where to mount them. I will be watching this thread closely to see how others have mounted LED's, on the SO or on the awning.
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mom. They already burnt out? You just got the camper. I think you can purchase better LED's than the stock ones. You can also get multi colored ones on a remote control. lol. You will love it.

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Yep, they are a hot mess. I'm almost embarassed to turn them on they look so bad. I'll have to replace them for sure. I'm looking for warm white lights..don't care if they have other colors, I'm pretty boring that way. Any ideas of where to get this type? I just want to wire them into the original switch. Should be pretty easy, but I want to get the right ones...not blaring white ones.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:39 AM   #7
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You mean like these blaring white ones:
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They are not that bad!

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Thanks Hondaman.

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Actually- I've been good about it. When I turn the lights off for the night, I disconnect. That way if Someone else need to roll in the awning it won't get messed up. Got a RF remote for it that I'm waiting to install. 👍
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