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Old 10-31-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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Led awning lights half as bright

Forum friends, two nights ago I turned on the awning lights and they were half as bright. Last night I turned them on and they were back to full strength and then dimmed to half brightness. Any Ideas why?
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:18 PM   #2
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A little more info. Did you use a remote or a physical switch in the RV?
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Old 10-31-2019, 02:39 PM   #3
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My lights began doing that on a 2012 Heartland that I used to own. It turned out to be the converter going out. Not saying thats your situation, but you may want to check your converter.
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Old 10-31-2019, 03:28 PM   #4
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Yes... more information.
Did you use a remote fob?
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What is a converter?
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What is a converter?
In a nut shell...

A CONverter is an electrical device built into you R/V that takes 120v shore power and CONverts it to 12v DC to supply power to all the 12v accessories. It also charges (recharges) the on-board 12v battery.

No to be confused with an INverter that takes 12v power from the battery and INverts it to 120v AC power for things like a residential refrigerator and a maybe few outlets for when 120v shore power is not available.

99.9% of all R/Vs have a CONverter.
Relatively fewer have INverters and until recently, those were aftermarket installed.

Care to answer the questions we asked?
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Thanks. All my other 12V devices work just fine. I do not think this is the issue.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:12 PM   #8
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Thanks. All my other 12V devices work just fine. I do not think this is the issue.
I am thinking this an issue with the strip itself.

Some strips have "sets" of LEDs to manage the voltage drop along the strip and have "cut" spots marked along the strip and some are made with single LEDs that are actually 3 or 4 in one square unit. In either case there is a resistor to manage the current flow to each part of the set of LEDs.

Brightness is a function of current; which is set by a fixed resistance in "on/off" strips and a variable resistor in dimmable ones.

In these strips, the resistors are "flat mount" types and are surface soldered to the plastic strip. A break (where one end of the surface mounted resistor becomes disconnected due to a crack in the solder) can shut off one of the LEDs in the set dimming the output of the track.

Replacement should fix your problem.

If you feel frisky, here is a how to manual on LED strips.
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