Originally Posted by dec1952
I have been following this thread since last year and need some advice. I bought these LED lights last year (from Amazon-the dealer was LED wholesalers) and attached them to my awning roller bar. I got them the end of July and by the end of September the lights died. I was lucky enough to get a free replacement but because it was the end of the camping season I just put them in the camper for this year. Well, they went up on this Friday and worked. Saturday night the remote quit and nothing worked. I went out and bought a new battery-nothing! What am I doing wrong?? They are not wired in- they are plugged in-don't know if that makes any difference. Are most of you folks seasonal so you are not rolling them up into the awning? Or maybe I should try the ones on E-Bay, maybe a better supplier. Has anyone else had this many problems with there LED lights? I love the lights and really want to get a set to work (longer than a few trips!) Please help!
I have two inputs and they are only guess work since I did not put mine in the roller channel; nor do I know which of the two types of LED tape you have.
What both types have in common:
They are printed circuits with surface mounted components.
The controller is neither water resistance nor water proof.
One type of tape is only water resistant (the flat one) and the other (rubber enclosed and "D" shaped in cross section) is water proof.
As to why yours are failing and the permanent wall mount folks are having good luck; I can only suppose that rolling up that circuit board with the awning is putting pressure on the exposed edge (the one against the awning) and that is bending the circuit board in the short direction and breaking the surface mounted LEDs/resistors from the back plane.
Another possible answer is that the LED strips are not "Murphy Proof." It is not only possible to hook up the LED strip upside down (and destroy it); but hook up the controller backwards and destroy it. There is no reverse current protection at all in either device.
You can try to see if the LEDs are becoming disconnected by pressing on the surface mounted LEDs in the a single cut section (closest to the power connector) and see if you can get that section to light.
Of course if the controller is blown that won't work.
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