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Old 01-12-2014, 07:28 PM   #1561
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For 15 bucks, buy a new set

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:29 PM   #1562
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Mine quit working---anyone ever troubleshoot these things?
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:36 AM   #1563
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I consider these things disposable. If I can get a season out of them i am happy.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:34 PM   #1564
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What I have found in playing around with these things, the controller is usually at fault. Just so happened, I had an extra controller from another set that went south, tried in on the other that has gone south and low and behold, it started to working. So, try another controller:
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:09 PM   #1565
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I made it through about 10 pages of threads on these led strips trying to find someone that ran these off 12v dc, and gave up....so i'll just ask.

Can i eliminate the transformer and run these off the trailers battery? I'm assuming that since the remote controller is between the transformer and the led strip it will retain the remote functionality running it off 12v dc.

I'd like to mount these where the awning attaches to the trailer so in the evening when the awning is rolled up, they still are visible. I was thinking of using 3-5 small velcro strips so i can remove and store them when the trailer isn't in use. Has anyone tried this?

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LEDwholesalers 16.4ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible Strip, Controller with 44-button Remote and Power Supply, 2034RGB+3315+3215 - Amazon.com
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:33 PM   #1566
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Most of us did run it off of the 12V side. I ran a switch and powered it from the fuse box.
Most of also used the 3M molding tape for the attachment to the awning gutter against the trailer.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:50 PM   #1567
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Thanks! Looks like I'll be ordering it. We're you able to retain remote functionality running it off dc?

Was there any hardware that was needed to make it run off dc (connector)?

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Old 01-22-2014, 06:07 PM   #1568
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I used clear silicone both for glue and some over the top. I hate messing with that stuff but maybe that'll make them last longer. I had no idea this thread was here until long after installing them but so far so good.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #1569
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On/Off DC

My LED's are wired in directly to the outside bug lite wiring and uses the on/off switch located inside the coach. All I did was take the guts out of the outside lite, drilled a hole in the bottom for the antenna and then ran the DC wiring out the back and then connected the wiring to the lights out another hole in the fixture, all these holes of course were sealed up with silicone caulk. All works well. I am however ordering some track material to run the lights in, it has a clear plastic pop in lense that will protect the LED's when not in use:




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Thanks! Looks like I'll be ordering it. We're you able to retain remote functionality running it off dc?

Was there any hardware that was needed to make it run off dc (connector)?

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Hi Danimal86,
Yes, the remote does still work off of the 12V. You will have to find a place for the IR eye to stick out. Some put the controller and eye in the porch lights or in the basement hatch doors. I think most of us with the power awnings ran the wires from the awning gutter down the awning rails on the exterior and came inside where the awning power wires come in.
I had to use this extension wire to get down the rail and to the inside.

I used this connector to plug into the controller for the 12V power connection.
I used 12 AWG GAUGE wire to run from the fuse panel to the switch and above connector.
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That is a great idea running them off the outside light. I think i may go that route!
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Old 01-24-2014, 01:10 PM   #1572
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Hey Guys;

OK, I didn't read all 158 pages of this post but do have a question. I am thinking about purchasing am awning light kit. I think I found a way to run the wires to 12V. The kit is available with an RF remote which I think is cool. Lots of different colors, dimming etc. My question is: Can I add additional wire length? Instructions for these things are terrible. I am not familiar with this type of wiring. I plan on installing just under the awning on the rig wall and following the wire path for the awning to a constant 12V source inside the rig. I am guessing I will need about a 16 foot run of wiring. I am guessing I will have to install the LED strip, connect some required length of wiring, run that wiring, hook that wiring to the receiver and the receiver to the 12V source. Is that the way it works?

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Old 01-24-2014, 02:44 PM   #1573
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Basically, yes. I put the led controller on the side of my camper near the lights, and then ran cheap 22g wire down the awning bracket and into the basement to a power source

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Old 01-24-2014, 03:12 PM   #1574
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My first thought was to get the controller out of the weather and mount it in the basement. Am I correct that in doing it that way I would need to run this long 4 wire bundle with connectors through the rig? Where placing the controller near the strip means just running a wire pair to the 12V source? Do you have the IR or RF controller. Any issues with it or hanging on the outside?

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Old 01-24-2014, 07:53 PM   #1575
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I found a lens cover (not sure it's interior or exterior) , siliconed the controller and the cover over it, to the side of my camper. That way the controller is out of the elements and still easy to aim at. I don't have a rf remote, so line of sight is important

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Still Searching for ideas...

As you said, it appears that moisture was the cause of this problem.. The entire LED strip was labeled as waterproof on both the front and rear sides.. After I figure out how to remove the defective 15 ft strip that is attached using automotive double sided trim tape to underside of awning rail, I will replace it with another LED strip I have. Any suggestions on how to make sure that it is waterproof so this doesn't happen again. The new LED appears to be totally encapsulated in silicone like material, but so was was the last one. Again I am looking for suggestions to avoid this happening again..
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As you said, it appears that moisture was the cause of this problem.. The entire LED strip was labeled as waterproof on both the front and rear sides.. After I figure out how to remove the defective 15 ft strip that is attached using automotive double sided trim tape to underside of awning rail, I will replace it with another LED strip I have. Any suggestions on how to make sure that it is waterproof so this doesn't happen again. The new LED appears to be totally encapsulated in silicone like material, but so was was the last one. Again I am looking for suggestions to avoid this happening again..
I would think if it's encased in a silicone type coating it should be fine. When I installed my strip, I siliconed the ends to help hold them down, and maybe it helps seal the strip up Also? Mine have been on for almost a year with no problems.

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Old 01-25-2014, 09:23 PM   #1578
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I ran mine down the front awniong mount and into the trailer because thats where the plug was at and it is waterproof, and the remote control works great. I ran the light strip along the edge where the awning is mounted to the camper. Everything looks and works great!! It plugs in up in the front closet.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:26 PM   #1579
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There is a metal track that is available that can be attached to the coach via the 3M tape. The LED lights lay in that metal track and then a clear plastic cover just pops over the lights into the track.
When I get my coach out of winter storage, I intend to covert mine to this and once again mount them directly under the Awning out of the weather: Have not had any problems as they are, just think the metal track application looks a lot cleaner and will protect them.



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Moisture / type of LED Strip?

It appears that moisture coming in contact with the back side of the 15' LED Strip is most likely causing my problems. Various segments of the strip either don't illuminate or flicker when turned on. I plugged another "New" light strip into the controller and they work fine.. SO.. the old strip must come down.. Here is my question.. On both the old LED strip and the New one I have, the 4 copper attachment points on the cut lines ( every couple of inches or so) are exposed to the elements/double sided mounting tape. This tape holds moisture, thus the copper dots touch it... My question is: Is there a specific type of LED strip that is totally encapsulated on both sides.. or is there a specific type I should purchase to avoid this happening in the fuiture. It appears as though what I frst installed was made for indoor use but I could be wrong.. Need help... The picture I hopefully included shows the copper dots I am concerned with..
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