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Old 07-02-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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LED strip install advice

Just bought a led strip for under the awning. Wanted to see if some of you can help me avoid some mounting mistakes you may have made. Awning is 12'+. Strip is 16'.
I'm attaching pics of awning area and led components.
I have exterior lights near left end of awning and power to awning motor in rail on right end of awning. Where to tap 12v??🤔
All advice is appreciated.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:32 AM   #2
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Power to awning motor is switched so that won't work unless lights on roller was an unused option. I tapped into power feeding the light in my pass through on my old sob trailer, new lights we just installed are 24 volt so have to plug them in at out side TV power.
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Old 07-03-2016, 01:03 PM   #3
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I had one these led strips attached to the bottom of my slide out awning. Unfortunately after about 1 yr the copper in the strip ate through the adhesive strip due to a galvanic reaction and damaged the aluminum cover on the awning. I'm now leary of replacing them. Will either have to replace or repaint the cover.


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Old 07-03-2016, 01:22 PM   #4
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The adhesive on those strips is not the highest quality. Save some aggravation later by using 3M auto trim tape to mount. Stick the strip to one side of the 3m tape and then stick the 3m tape to the trailer.
The controller should go inside.
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Old 07-03-2016, 01:37 PM   #5
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Not for me. I'm done with them 2 strips in one year and corrosion ain't worth it. Cheap stuff that leads to bigger problems.


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Old 07-03-2016, 01:49 PM   #6
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on my original lights on my Shamrock, the lights were installed in a plastic U channel, which was just a press fit, no adhesive involved for the LED strip, except for the U channel to the trailer. I would try to find that U channel at a Home Depot or online. I would tap 12 V on the inside and install the controller inside by the door, then string power wires above the U channel to either front or back. Many strips can be cut to length and are marked so on the back of the strip.
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:01 PM   #7
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Some good warnings and advice. I'm gonna research this a little more before starting.
I thought about the awning power being off unless activated after I posted. Duh. Controller inside, good idea. Thanks. 3M tape is good too.
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:10 PM   #8
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Just bought a led strip for under the awning. Wanted to see if some of you can help me avoid some mounting mistakes you may have made. Awning is 12'+. Strip is 16'.
I'm attaching pics of awning area and led components.
I have exterior lights near left end of awning and power to awning motor in rail on right end of awning. Where to tap 12v??🤔
All advice is appreciated.
Gut the "Scare Light" on the left side between the speakers! Now you have a On/Off power source and a Dry place for the control! You will not miss the few " of lighting strip you cut off! And you sure will NOT miss the "Scare Light" under the Awning,can we say Super BUG Attraction! Youroo!!
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:50 PM   #9
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Thanks youroo. I had read that somewhere but couldn't find it again. And, since there is a white and yellow light on the left, I figured i could without one of them. I've been leaning that way but concerned about the exposed wire from led to scare light.
Yours look good.
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Old 07-04-2016, 02:39 PM   #10
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I wired mine into the Amber "patio" light enclosure and used double faced sticky cable molding with a 90 elbow connector I found at Lowes.

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I also added a switch to the patio light enclosure so that I could power that down when I just want the LEDs on which in my case was easy to reach from the door.

I used RTV Silicone to help hold the LED strip and the cable molding. It's been on for 2 yrs and counting.

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