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Old 07-27-2015, 10:08 PM   #1931
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A couple of quick questions on installing the LED awning light strips:

1. I plan on installing the white LED control box inside a waterproof electrical junction box to keep it and the LED connections out of the elements. Would this create an overheating problem for the box's electronics?

2. I plan on running a wire from that junction box through the TT outside wall to tie into an existing 12v feed for the table light. The distance is approx. 6 feet. From what I can research, the suggestion is to use 14 gauge wire. I was hoping to use 16 gauge because it is smaller and neater to run but I don't want to create an unsafe situation. What size wire have you used for your 12 volt power source?



Appreciate any info / suggestions!!!!

Regarding item 1, I can't answer directly from personal experience as I didn't mount mine in a weatherproof box as you are wanting to do, but you should be fine. Running off 12 volt I haven't noticed the controller box getting overly hot, and many on other posts on this thread have done the same thing you want to do.

Re #2, I bought something like this ( http://www.amazon.com/Esco-Lite-Exte...F36MXW11FPAYAZ) which ties in perfectly from the end of the lights to the controller box. The one I got was about 8 ft which it appears this one is also; they make an even longer one if needed.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:26 PM   #1932
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Thanks for the info!
I'm planning on completing the mod next weekend so I was trying to anticipate any issues that might arise.
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Old 07-29-2015, 05:41 PM   #1933
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Been looking at installing awning lights now that I see how it's done looks like it's on the to do list for sure.
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Old 07-29-2015, 07:57 PM   #1934
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Thanks for the info!
I'm planning on completing the mod next weekend so I was trying to anticipate any issues that might arise.
Ur most welcome!

Good luck with the mod, and give us an update on how it turns out. Feel free to PM me if I can offer any more hep!
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:24 AM   #1935
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Hi:

A couple of quick questions on installing the LED awning light strips:

1. I plan on installing the white LED control box inside a waterproof electrical junction box to keep it and the LED connections out of the elements. Would this create an overheating problem for the box's electronics?

2. I plan on running a wire from that junction box through the TT outside wall to tie into an existing 12v feed for the table light. The distance is approx. 6 feet. From what I can research, the suggestion is to use 14 gauge wire. I was hoping to use 16 gauge because it is smaller and neater to run but I don't want to create an unsafe situation. What size wire have you used for your 12 volt power source?

Appreciate any info / suggestions!!!!
I used 16 GA wire to go to my power source.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:59 PM   #1936
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Thanks for the info.
How long was the run from the white control box back to your 12v supply?
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:42 PM   #1937
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Thanks for the info.
How long was the run from the white control box back to your 12v supply?
The cable that I suggested at least in my case ok me right up to the power supply I opted to use, which was wiring into my step light. I ended up cutting the cable on the AC power adapter cable (I had 2 sets of lights and thus 2 power supplies, so I had back-up) and splicing into the step light. I can thus turn my lights on by the switch inside which controls step and porch light, and due to the location of the controller so close to the steps, was able to place the IR receiver in a spot alongside the steps so I can change colors, etc fairly easily (the sensor and remote need pretty much direct line of sight).

I wound up using the excess light strip along with a Y cable and ran some lights behind my steps also.
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Old 08-02-2015, 09:21 AM   #1938
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This is what I want to do! I dont have the lights yet but your install is the way I see doing this. Curious, Is there a reason why I would need to unplug them or as you say to just reach in and unplug? Can they just be powered up all of the time?

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Old 08-02-2015, 04:54 PM   #1939
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This is what I want to do! I dont have the lights yet but your install is the way I see doing this. Curious, Is there a reason why I would need to unplug them or as you say to just reach in and unplug? Can they just be powered up all of the time?

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I'm not sure if you were talking about my install or not, but I figured I'd reply anyhow.

I don't have to unplug mine at all since I bypassed the AC adapter and power them by 12 volt source, the step light which is powered on/off by same switch as my porch light. All I have to do is hit that toggle switch. I have left them on for long stretches of time with no problem, but more or less let darkness be the trigger - if I would need the porch light on, then the awning lights are also; if not, then they are all turned off.

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A couple of quick questions on installing the LED awning light strips:



1. I plan on installing the white LED control box inside a waterproof electrical junction box to keep it and the LED connections out of the elements. Would this create an overheating problem for the box's electronics?



2. I plan on running a wire from that junction box through the TT outside wall to tie into an existing 12v feed for the table light. The distance is approx. 6 feet. From what I can research, the suggestion is to use 14 gauge wire. I was hoping to use 16 gauge because it is smaller and neater to run but I don't want to create an unsafe situation. What size wire have you used for your 12 volt power source?



Appreciate any info / suggestions!!!!

I would not hesitate to use 16 awg wire.
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