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Old 04-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #31
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Re: Additional LED Lighting

The lights easily provide enough light to read by under the canopy. If I had it to do again I would mount them along the horizontal surface of the trailer roof (so they would emit upward )rather than on the vertical surface, in order to hide the lights from direct sight.

I wired them to an interior switch and used white extension cord rather than legitimate, color-coded electrical wires, to blend with the trailer. I also formed a channel in the 'fridge grill for the wires to pass through. Nice project,and thanks to Jon Vermilye for his original idea.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:34 AM   #32
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Re: Additional LED Lighting

Nice pic's - I like the subtle lighting..
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #33
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The next part of this project is to add some of the LED emitters inside the overhead cabinets. The LEDs came on a 15 foot roll, I used 9 feet under the awning, and there are enough lights left over to install 6 LEDs in each cabinet.

I plan on wiring them into the lights below the cabinet. In this way, I won't have to install extra switches, and I will have a handy indicator when the in-cabinets lights are on. It will involve drilling holes up through cabinets from the existing light fixtures and running wires to the LEDs. Based on the light emitted by the under-awning LEDs, I should have plenty of light to find things in the cabinets.

I'll keep you posted as this project moves along.

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Old 04-10-2012, 03:21 PM   #34
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Re: Additional LED Lighting

One final post, this with the awning furled. I took this at twilight so the light intensity is hard to determine, but at full dark it is still bright enough to read by.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #35
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Looks good!
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:14 AM   #36
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I wired them to an interior switch and used white extension cord rather than legitimate, color-coded electrical wires, to blend with the trailer. I also formed a channel in the 'fridge grill for the wires to pass through. Nice project,and thanks to Jon Vermilye for his original idea.

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Hi Dave,

thanks for sharing. I'm too looking to get this kind of lighting on our 5.0. I wonder if you could show a picture of the routing of your wires from the outside to the inside of the trailer? I'm having difficulties in finding a suitable route.

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Hi Dave,

thanks for sharing. I'm too looking to get this kind of lighting on our 5.0. I wonder if you could show a picture of the routing of your wires from the outside to the inside of the trailer? I'm having difficulties in finding a suitable route.

Thanks in advance!
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I plan to do this same thing when we get our Escape. I talked with Reace about how to, and he suggested that, if I take the top frig. ventilation grill off, there is sufficient room to reach in to run wiring from the LEDs under the awning down to the porch light.
I will have an interior switch to control the porch light, so I'm going to use the little rocker switch on the porch light housing to control the LEDs instead. That way, when I turn off the porch light from inside, I also turn off the LEDs (and don't have to worry about forgetting).

Edit: Something to remember about the LED tape on a roll: every two inches, where the lines are for cutting it to length, there are solder pads for the +12V and Ground. So, you don't have to solder your power leads at the end; they can be attached at any of those pad locations.
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Here is my led awning install pictures....
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for showing your installation. That is a great help!
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