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Old 02-15-2012, 07:28 PM   #21
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Re: Additional LED Lighting

They sent mine without tape so I used Scotch Outdoor Mounting tape (Holds up to 5 lbs!). I did clean the area well to remove wax, dirt, etc. I also added a small "blob" of epoxy to the front end to keep the wind from pealing the lights. It has made it through a 2K trip last Fall; I'll have a better idea after this summer's trip.

Yes, I powered them from the refer 12v circuit. I added a small switch (also on the vent cover) to turn them off & on. I thought about feeding them from the porch light, but there are times I don't want both on at the same time & it would have meant more exposed wiring.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:00 AM   #22
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Just a note about the lighting strips in the cabinets. I asked Tammy if this was a possible option, and she said they couldn't do it because of possible fire hazards. Apparently one customer did something similar to this, and some clothing got piled by the the lights (which had been left on) or shifted during transit and a couple of shirts got burned.

But, the 2012 Escapes have a couple of lights up on the dome, and as a result, it should be easier to see what is in the cabinets. If not, I guess I have my Petzyl HeadLamp.

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #23
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Thanks for the insight. We ordered the "closet" in our 5.0 with shelves and all our clothing gets stored there. I will test a strip of the lights to see how hot they get, but I suspect they won't get too hot to the touch as they are covered in plastic (I bought the waterproof version). More later.

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Re: Additional LED Lighting

I've installed Sylvania Spot.It battery powered lights in a couple cupboards. They come is various sizes and shapes. The one I use in the cupboard above the fridge is about five inches long and you just have to brush your hand against it to turn it on and off.

Installed with Velcro.

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #25
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I just finished a heat test of the LED lights. I unrolled a 16 ft strip, hooked it to a 12v source and let it run for two hours. At the end of that time the lights were barely warm to the touch. At this point, I have no worries about the lights presenting any danger inside a closed cabinet. In addition, I'm looking at some switches which close the circuit when the cabinet door is opened and cut off the lights when the door is closed.

We too bought some of those Sylvania Dot lights and used them our first season. My problem with them was they eventually fell off their mountings and we found them floating around the bottom of whatever cabinet they were intended to light. Until I get some of these strip LEDs mounted inside, a small flashlight will suffice for my needs.

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:33 PM   #26
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Re: Additional LED Lighting

Take a look at http://www.inovalight.com/

I've got one of the key-chain flashlights. It's really handy and bright for the size. About $12

I also have a Princeton Tec from Pulsar key chain light. It's a simpler design ( you have to keep the button pressed for it to be on ), but it's even smaller. It cost about $6.

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If you have a nearby Harbor Freight, their free flashlights work well. By now I have a bunch of them & just leave them all over the house & trailer.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #28
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Here are a couple of close-up shots of the under-canopy light strip I put in ove the weekend. I may have to spread these over a couple of postings as the system hasn't been cooperating with me.
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