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Old 07-18-2014, 09:46 PM   #1781
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Patio Light as Power Source

Hey All,

I have read pages upon pages on this thread. Has anyone used the patio light as a power source? It would seem obvious to do, but I am trying to figure out how I can do such a thing. The win would be that it is tied to a switch. Let me know. Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:00 PM   #1782
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Here is our power source. Youroo
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:30 PM   #1783
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Hey All,

I have read pages upon pages on this thread. Has anyone used the patio light as a power source? It would seem obvious to do, but I am trying to figure out how I can do such a thing. The win would be that it is tied to a switch. Let me know. Thanks.
Been done; just not by me.
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:42 PM   #1784
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That is exactly what I want to do. Just trying to figure out how they are using the lightbulb to connect to the barrel connector. Who did it, so I can send a message?
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Old 07-18-2014, 10:52 PM   #1785
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That is exactly what I want to do. Just trying to figure out how they are using the lightbulb to connect to the barrel connector. Who did it, so I can send a message?
Looks like they broke the bulb and soldered the wires to the filament standoffs. Would require a light touch with a soldering iron.
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Old 07-18-2014, 11:00 PM   #1786
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That is exactly what I want to do. Just trying to figure out how they are using the lightbulb to connect to the barrel connector. Who did it, so I can send a message?
They have these, you can plug power supply in to it and still have a bulb as well. Cheap too.

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Old 07-19-2014, 07:08 AM   #1787
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See post 1240 (page 124) posted by LKicklight, which I quoted below; he goes into detail with what he did, and I believe the pic in question is from his mod. He responded to a PM I sent on the subject, another helpful and friendly guy!

Please note his closing statement here though - keeping the bulb in there might make things too hot for the controller.

I plan on tapping into power source for my step light down below, and securing the controller in that area behind the outer wall, with remote sensor sticking out so it can work. Got most of the idea speced out, just been busy working and doing house chores, etc to go out and finish it. Ran off of AC in the interim, which was not so bad.

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I did post a thread on hooking up to the porch lite...here is a photo that shoes what I did:
Remove the light assembly from the side of the r/v...take the wire connectors off, they cannot be used again..get a new pair...take your DC wires from the transmitter and hook them up to the porch wires..replace the outside light base back on the RV..the transmitter will be housed inside the light base with the amber cover over it...the wiring that goes to the string that has the plug must run through the light base...cut a hole large enough for the square plug to pass through..plug it into the light string..wrapped the plus with a good tape...the antenna wire will come through another hole in the bottom of the light assy...both of the holes that you have cut will have to be caulked back closed with a good exterior silicone caulk..I used a white...purchase six tie wrap anchors that have sticky back..place them between the lite string and the light assembly..purchase a package of 3/8" white flexible wire cover loom...cut it to lenght, place the wire and plug inside this..ty wrap that to the ty-wrap anchor pads..the other wire for the antenna is done the same way...make sure the little round looking globe faces out as that controller must see it..
Here is a photo taken from a distance..you can see and get the idea...check back if you have any problems..do not put your bulb back in the outside light...will get to hot for the transmitter that will be in there:
The mod is kinda fun and addictive - just like this forum in general!

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Old 07-19-2014, 07:28 AM   #1788
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My apologies Happy.Trainer - it was Cyclepuck who did the wire connected to bulb thing you were asking about, post 555, page 56; I quoted it below. He further advised me about it (I took a spare bulb and broke the glass. Then soldered the wire to that. Red to the center wire black to the base and just stick it in the socket. Velcro the control box to inside of light housing and drilled two holes in bottom for the sensor and 4-way plug to stick through. Bought a 4-wire extension on ebay and just run the cord from light to led strip when we get to the campground. I did it that way because I didn't want to drill holes in the trailer and it turns on with the inside switch.). He was very helpful (Cyclepuck, I hope u don't mind me sharing ur trade secrets! )

I wish you luck with the mod - post pics to let us know how it turns out!

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Install mine and will get some night shots. Temporarily installed on roll then on camper. I decided to put on camper because due to the angle of the awning it reflected more light down brightening up the area a little more. Wired them into outdoor light as seen the made extension that plugs it on arrival.



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Maybe I just don't understand this, but why go to the trouble of soldering to a bulb when you can just splice into the 12 v lead to the bulb?
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:47 AM   #1790
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Maybe I just don't understand this, but why go to the trouble of soldering to a bulb when you can just splice into the 12 v lead to the bulb?
That's part of the reason I am taking a different route and just planning on going into the step light lead, plus the porch light switch will (should) turn the lights on/off. I also get to keep the porch light, as a nice offset to the strip light (color contrast), and if I want to go low key i can turn off strip lights with remote and run just the porch/step light. At least in theory....

That plus I don't have and have never even used a soldering gun/tool!
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