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Old 08-23-2015, 10:07 AM   #1951
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Could you explain to me how you ran it to your porch light for power? That's exactly what I want to do, but I'm a clueless electrician. Thanks so much!
We're actually going to do the install this next weekend - finally! Here's the plan:

First we're going to use one of these RGB extension cables


cut one of the ends off and run it down the awning arm (closest to the porch light) just enough to get it to the porch light.

Then since our 'pantry' is on the other side of the porch light, we're going to drill a hole through the back of the porch light in to the pantry area and continue to run the RGB cable into the pantry area where we will connect the cable to the wireless RGB controller that we'll install in the pantry with some industrial velcro.

Then we'll take some 16 gauge wire and connect that to the wireless controller and then connect the other end of that wire to the ones from the porch light.

Once we have everything in place, we'll test it out to make sure it works and then we'll clean it all up, filling holes and protecting connectors and all that jazz!

Ta-da! I ran the plan by my hubbie first to make sure I picked the right materials, because I am absolutely NOT an electrician. He says it should be good and I trust him. I would like to put it together for the most part, with his help/supervision

I'll be sure and take pictures
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:29 PM   #1952
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I used the porch light housing, removed the bulb and socket, and attached power to that. I can turn them on and off using the porch light switch inside the camper. The controller is inside my porch light housing and the sensor sticks out the bottom. I got some very flat wire molding and went from the porch light to the bottom of the awning to run my wires to the lights.

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Hey Greg,

I want to do this the same way you did.. Can you power these up in the middle of the run??

Thanks, Joe
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Old 08-29-2015, 10:38 PM   #1953
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Great idea.


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Old 08-30-2015, 10:08 PM   #1954
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Talking It Alive!

Finally installed our LED lights!
I will say that the channel covers we bought were a tight fit over the LEDs that we chose - might end up changing that out at some point. Otherwise everything worked out quite well

Here are some pics:

Klus channel for holding the LED strip light
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"Porch" light housing - we used the wires to power the wifi RGB controller
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Hole that we drilled from the "porch" light housing thru to the "pantry"
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The wires from the LED strip light connect to the white RGB cable behind the awning arm and then the cable runs to the "porch" light housing
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Final look - already got a compliment from a neighbor and we're not even camping yet, lol!
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:37 PM   #1955
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I installed these under my awning last month. They're awesome. I'm going to do some 'custom' work with the cables in the off season. I got some 3M dbl sided tape and they went up in about 15 minutes. I put 12' under my awning, and the remaining 4' under my kitchen cabinets in my outside kitchen. The local camping store wanted $60 for the same lights, these were 30 and work just the same.
How did you apply the new tape?? Over top of the old stuff??

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Old 09-11-2015, 01:39 PM   #1956
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How did you apply the new tape?? Over top of the old stuff??

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When I opened the package over half of the "tape" that came with them was off, so I just pulled the remaining off and put the dbl sided tape on
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I found mine on the ground the next morning. Put up the 3M, cleaned as much of the dirt off the old tape as I could and put them back up. That was 2 years ago, and still holding on!


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Old 09-21-2015, 02:49 PM   #1958
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Would really like to wire in to my porch light. But the light is in the middle of the awning, not towards either end. So how do I wire up lights up the length of the awning but wire in to porch line, and have the wiring look clean.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-21-2015, 03:32 PM   #1959
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Would really like to wire in to my porch light. But the light is in the middle of the awning, not towards either end. So how do I wire up lights up the length of the awning but wire in to porch line, and have the wiring look clean.

Any suggestions?

What's on the other side of the light on the inside of the camper??

I was lucky and there was a overhead cabinet on the inside.. I poked thru the back of the light , tapped into the light feed and ran a wire inside the cabinet down to the end to the hole I drilled outside for the end of the light string...

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What's on the other side of the light on the inside of the camper??

I was lucky and there was a overhead cabinet on the inside.. I poked thru the back of the light , tapped into the light feed and ran a wire inside the cabinet down to the end to the hole I drilled outside for the end of the light string...

Joe
Sorry, I should have explained better. Wiring in to the light I don't have a problem, it is getting some type of extension, or splicing in the middle of the strip, so I can go straight down from the LED Strip in to the light housing.

I don't want to have to run the strip all the way down, and then run an extension back 8 feet to go in to the housing if there is a better way.
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