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Old 03-27-2011, 05:32 PM   #1
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Ceiling Light.. hard to reach to turn on...

The on/off switch in our 12v ceiling light fixture above the dinette is extremely hard to reach just to turn it on/off. I have tried to figure out a way to install a simple wall switch for it, but fishing the wiring seems almost impossible due to installed framing limitations in the ceiling. I don't like the idea of running white surface mounted wiring tracks in this very visible location. Has anyone ever seen a remote system / kit for RV lighting or do you have another idea?
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:05 PM   #2
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I have seen 12V "wireless" switches, but the "switches" are more like car alarm remotes.

Amazon.com: Logisys RM01 - Power control kit: Electronics

As an alternative, Star Lights Inc. sells replacement light assemblies, and they have a Motion Sensor you can add...no need for a switch!

Porch LED Lighting | Automotive LED | Motion Lighting 12 Volt | Home | - Star Lights, Inc.

Just some ideas.

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Old 03-27-2011, 08:08 PM   #3
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could change out the rocker switch to a pull chain?
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:29 PM   #4
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You could run wiremold for installation of surface wiring. They also have switch boxes and octagon boxes that work with the raceway. Here's a link.

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Old 03-28-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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You could replace the entire fixture with one that has a switch on the end. I've replaced fixtures like the one you posted and it takes about 15 minutes. Very easy job.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:58 PM   #6
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Willis - cant use your fix. DW is altitude challenged. She can't reach ceiling and so any of the switches built into the ceilng lighst are out of reach.

I'm looking into various options, but remotes seem unrealistic as you'd need one for each light. It looks like by-passing the slider and running Wiremold to wall switches would be the smartest solution. S-i-l has used radio-based 120V swicthes in his house, but I don't know if there's a 12v equivalent.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:40 PM   #7
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I had a similar problem with our last trailer. The foam insulation in the ceiling may have raceways for wiring molded into it (my Roo did). If you drop the fixture down you may find a way to fish the wire over to the cabinet visible in the picture. From the cabinet you should be able to run the wire to a convenient spot. Often these raceways in the insulation will run in both directions allowing you to perhaps run the wire to another spot on the ceiling (perhaps another light fixture or a roof vent or an air conditioner) and from there to a convenient spot for a switch. If the insulation in the ceiling is fiberglass you could use a rigid rod (a heavy gauge wire or a fiberglass tent pole as examples) to get the wire to where you can install a switch.

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Old 03-30-2011, 03:49 PM   #8
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Willis - cant use your fix. DW is altitude challenged. She can't reach ceiling and so any of the switches built into the ceilng lighst are out of reach.
Oh, now I understand...

I googled "12v Light switch" and got numerous hits that you could look at. But this one looks like just what you need:

LightningSwitch.com® - Information and Secure Ordering

Here's a wiring diagram for the above (page 2 of the PDF).
http://216.71.30.251/12V_Pro_Install_03-26-07.pdf
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:39 PM   #9
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I would lower the light fixture and see if you can snake a wire to the cabinet about a foot away. If you get the snake other that far I would drill a hole up inside of the cabinet and try to get a wire from the light down into the cabinet. Once in the cabinet you are able to locate a switch under the cabinet and connect the wire. As a electrican I would try that.
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