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Old 07-18-2015, 10:35 PM   #1921
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I just ordered the LED string from Amazon, and they have no tape, adhesive to hang them with to my TT. What are you guys using to attach the string, etc. to your TT? I can only find dbl sided tape by scotch and it won't stick to the casing of the lights.

any thoughts or suggestions on what to use
I installed mine directly under the awning on the trailer for protection. I didn't think the factory tape was strong enough so used 1" 3M dbl sided tape and cut in half which is the same width as the light strip. Works great. Been almost a year no problem. I bought another light strip recently for inside and I peeled the entire ddl sided tape off thinking it was the film. Ruined it. The light strip tape is very thin and cheap quality.Had to get the 3M dbl sided tape.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:28 AM   #1922
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LED Awning Lights Installation Mini Lite 2503S

I read this entire thread to get ideas on how to install my lights and how I wanted them to function. Lots of great ideas. I boiled them down to what would work for me and my Mini Lite 2503S and thought that I should share my results. My installation had to meet certain criteria. First the lights needed to work if my awning is stored or deployed. Second I did not want to have to connect or disconnect them each time I used them and third they had to run on 12VDC so that I could use them when I boondock. Since I wanted the lights to work no matter if my awning was rolled up or extended then I had to install them underneath the rail that the awning is attached to. If I installed them on the camper wall then most of the light would shine on the awning when it is rolled up. I installed them using the factory adhesive and so far they are still attached. I used a tie wrap mount on each end to help keep the ends from coming detached.

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Make sure that the wire goes up and over the channel so that it does not get sheared when the awing retracts.

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Ran the 4 conductor wire down the same track that the awning power wires use and followed them using the same hole into the storage compartment. Couldn't find a clean way to get 12V power so I just ran my 12V wire back out the same hole, down the side of the camper and underneath. I attached this wire directly to the terminal block where the battery wires connect to the circuit breaker. Used tie wrap mounts to hold the wire in place. If they start to come off I will drill holes and use pop rivets.

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I used this wifi controller to control my lights.

Amazon.com: Cooligg Wifi Wireless RGB LED Strip Controller for iOS iPhone iPad Android Smartphone Tablet: Home Improvement

I have an app on my iPhone that I use to control the wifi controller. It does not have as many functions as the infrared remote but it has enough for me.



Looks like I need to straighten the controller but I cannot see it when the door is closed



Daytime awning deployed



Daytime awning rolled up

You would think that when they installed the porch light that they would have tried to center it over the window. I laugh every time I look at it.



Plenty of light at night.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:54 AM   #1923
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If you wire it into the camper lights that already work on your battery, then you have lights when you are boon docking?


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Old 07-22-2015, 07:11 AM   #1924
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If you wire it into the camper lights that already work on your battery, then you have lights when you are boon docking?


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Yes indeed - the lights work great off of a 12 volt power source.
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:14 AM   #1925
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Good job sjones61! The lights look great, and your post was very instructional and informative with the visual aids along the way.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:33 PM   #1926
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I have my lights plugging into the outside electrical outlet for now. Is there an easy way to get them to connect to the battery from the underside of the trailer? I don't want to drill holes in anything, and most times we will use them at a campground with electricity.


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Old 07-22-2015, 12:40 PM   #1927
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I am not very knowledgable about electricity, batteries, and such, but sjones61 do you have a picture of the 'terminal block' where you connected to the battery?


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I don't have a photograph of mine but it is actually an inline circuit breaker. I connected the ground of my 12VDC wire to the negative terminal of the battery and the positive wire to the downstream side (side that the battery cable is NOT attached to) of the circuit breaker. Not sure of your setup but if you follow your positive battery cable under the camper you may find something like this.



I have an inline fuse to install between the circuit breaker and the controller I just have not done it yet.
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Old 07-22-2015, 03:36 PM   #1929
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I have my lights plugging into the outside electrical outlet for now. Is there an easy way to get them to connect to the battery from the underside of the trailer? I don't want to drill holes in anything, and most times we will use them at a campground with electricity.


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I was able to tie mine in to the step light wiring under the trailer. Thus I am able to turn on the porch and step lights and the LED awning lights come on also. Similar to you, I had some left over and used a Y adapter, but put my excess behind my steps.
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Old 07-27-2015, 06:32 PM   #1930
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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!!!!
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:08 PM   #1931
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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!!!!

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.

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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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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, 06:57 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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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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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, 08:42 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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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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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?

Thanks!
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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