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Old 05-16-2013, 08:45 AM   #1281
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Has anyone tried this setup?
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:14 AM   #1282
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Has anyone tried this setup?
I had them in my last camper and they were a pain in the a** because you had to remove them every tine you roll it up
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:11 PM   #1283
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I have installed my LED strip under the awning rail(?) (where the awning attaches to the TT)

This weekend will be the first trip of the year (Victoria Day). Once I see how they do I will either hard wire them as they are or add a 2nd strip and then hard wire.

I plan on bringing the wires in at the forward external speaker and tie into the 12 volt circuit for the 12 volt aux outlet (beside the concertone)

Pic form last year but you can see the forward speaker location
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Old 05-17-2013, 04:57 PM   #1284
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I have installed my LED strip under the awning rail(?) (where the awning attaches to the TT)

This weekend will be the first trip of the year (Victoria Day). Once I see how they do I will either hard wire them as they are or add a 2nd strip and then hard wire.

I plan on bringing the wires in at the forward external speaker and tie into the 12 volt circuit for the 12 volt aux outlet (beside the concertone)

Pic form last year but you can see the forward speaker location
Have a great time on your trip!
What is on the other side of that forward speaker? Is there a cabinet on the other side of the wall to hide the controller? If so, you will be able to push the IR sensor wire back out and notch the bottom of the speaker for the sensor right? You will need the extension wire from amazon or the sprinkler wire to connect from controller to the led strip.
Should work out well for you.
Please post pics of the install.
Have fun!
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:03 PM   #1285
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The RF LED Light Strip Controllers eliminate the need for running the IR Sensor out where it can be seen from the Remote.

Good to have the freedom to move anywhere within about 40 feet of the RV and still control the Awning operation.

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Old 05-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #1286
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Yep, we found the product at Home Depot and Lowes...check into there countertop department, the company that makes the product has many different patterns to chose from..it is made of light weight aluminum and plastic..we used the two face tape to do ours...the product comes with all trim pieces for corners etc; really very easy to do..we looked for a long time for something special, think this fill the billl..you can take a closer look at Goshen in August..we will give tours..kickster


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Old 05-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #1287
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Let us know how it holds up.....and if you get any comments on how cool they are!
After just over 200 miles on the interstate running 65mph, with 60 degs/rain on the way there and 80 degs/sunny on the way home, I am very happy to report that the lights are still attached to the camper with the factory installed 3M tape!

As for comments on them, the guy camping across the road from us came over and was asking about them after he drove past and his kids thought the lights were really cool. Also when were at the camp fire at our friends site, right behind our camper, my buddy Cory was coming back from taking their dog for a walk and he said that there was 3 golf carts with about 10 people total parked looking at the lights. Cory said he over heard one of the guys ask another "I wonder what kind of lights those are?"

Just before we left the CG for home, Cory came over and handed me $40 and asked me to buy him the same lights I have. So it looks like I will get to do another install, just this time it will be on a Carefree power awning and not a Dometic. So I wonder what kind of bugs I will have to work out this time...
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #1288
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Just before we left the CG for home, Cory came over and handed me $40 and asked me to buy him the same lights I have.
Now hopefully after you put them on, he won't realize your remote will work his lights as well I had a friend chasing "problems with his controller" on his lights for 2 nights before I let him in on the secret, every chance I had I would change his lights. Even pulled it off once while standing under them and talking to him.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:38 PM   #1289
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I have installed my LED strip under the awning rail(?) (where the awning attaches to the TT)

This weekend will be the first trip of the year (Victoria Day). Once I see how they do I will either hard wire them as they are or add a 2nd strip and then hard wire.

I plan on bringing the wires in at the forward external speaker and tie into the 12 volt circuit for the 12 volt aux outlet (beside the concertone)

Pic form last year but you can see the forward speaker location

Have a great time on your trip!
What is on the other side of that forward speaker? Is there a cabinet on the other side of the wall to hide the controller? If so, you will be able to push the IR sensor wire back out and notch the bottom of the speaker for the sensor right? You will need the extension wire from amazon or the sprinkler wire to connect from controller to the led strip.
Should work out well for you.
Please post pics of the install.
Have fun!
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Thanks

Behind the speaker is a cupboard with a false bottom through which wires run to the speaker. To the right of that cupboard (from the inside point of view to the left Fromm outside) is the entertainment centre. At that location is an aux 12 volt outlet. I plan to tap into that.

Is should have the space to wire everything.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:30 PM   #1290
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Heads Up on Chineese LED Kits..

I think that the last 100 pages confirm that the RGB LED strips ordered from overseas dealers have been quite reliable and reasonable. I also believe that we all realize that they are designed to run on 12VDC.. For those of you who are using the wall adapter, this is a heads up.. I have now ordered 3 sets of the lights / controllers / power units. I have never used the wall power adaptor but noticed something unusual about them. The picture below shows the excact same wall power supply that I received with each kit.. Notice the labeling on it.. 5VDC output at 2 amps when it should be 12V. One of the transformers did in fact output only 5VDC as labeled. The second one although labeled 5VDC had a 12.4 VDC output and the third one which was also labeled 5VDC output had about 3.7 VDC output. Again, not a big thing if you are using the RV's 12VDC source, but if you plan on using the wall power unit as your 12VDC source, check it first to make sure you are getting the right DC voltage regardless of what the label says..
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:21 PM   #1291
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Well, first trip and put up the new lights - at the campground. Seemed like a good idea...then I had to use 2 stool to reach the awning track! Fortunately it was a 'good' spot and had no issues.

I started on the left and and about 2' 'extra' on the right and just ran them down the inside edge of the awning frame. Used the 3M tape that came on the lights. This has 2 benefits - since i can't reach the awning track without a stool or ladder on the left I was concerned how i'd plug things in. Well, the strip has the same plug on both ends - so the 'long' end is now reachable from ground level.

And it glows 'through' the door window when the door is locked open. Of course this puts the remote eye behind the door too, but then that keeps the kids from playing with it as much!

I'm leaving it as it is, 'manual' hookup mode. Easier to hookup than our lights that hang from the awning edge. Much MUCH brighter too!

Our remote has a 'brighter/softer' button which also changes the speed of the settings where it rotates teh colors. Cool!
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:09 PM   #1292
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Need lots of advise on awning LED lights

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!
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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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Old 05-21-2013, 08:23 AM   #1294
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Tape update on Silicone strip

As previously reported our Dream 5050 with 6803 chip strip is encased in a silicone sleeve. I had tried the 3M super duper exterior tape and it just slid right off the silicone sleeve.

Solution: Laid the strip out on a flat surface and put two beads of silicone sealant on. Immediately pressed the 3m tape onto that smoothing any silicone sealant that pressed out along the sides. I let that set up two days.

Installed to the underside of the awning track pressing into place. Put extra silicone sealant on both ends. Seems to have stuck on real well.



They look great.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:10 AM   #1295
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cutting strip lights

I purchased some led strip lights. The description on ebay says they can be cut. The package they came in says they can be cut. Where do I cut them?


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Old 05-22-2013, 09:26 AM   #1296
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Look closely and you will see a double row of copper connects. Between the rows there is usually a tiny pair of scissors. Cut there between the rows. Every few feet instead of the double row of copper connects you will see that they have joined the strips and there will be solder there.
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The seller on ebay replied to my question of where to cut them. He said they can't be cut. But I boldly cut where you suggested (no small scissors markings though) and they work great. Thanks for the help.
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No problem. I took a 5M strip of 3528 white and cut into four sections. Then soldered wires between. Each section is installed on a aluminum support in the pass thru storage and then connected to a switch. So cutting them is no problem as long as you get good connection.

If you cut the end away from the controller connection and want them outside make sure to put some clear silicone on the cut end to seal from moisture. Enjoy!
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Between the copper connection strips (only).
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After you cut the LED's to the length you require, some folks try to use them in other places by soilering the ends...here is a much easier way and it looks nice too...
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