Originally Posted by dfandrews
Keep in mind that the typical LED strips are constructed in 5 meter (16') strips in 2 inch repeating increments, so every 2 inches is a pair of solder pads, one "+" and one "-". You can power the whole strip from any of those solder pads.
That depends. Yes, you can "power" most LED strips from any of the cut points, but that doesn't mean you can "control" them. If your LED is standard white only, that might work. If it's an RGBW or RGBWW strip, then no. To control such a strip, you'd need additional connection points for the RGB and W - not just 12V+ and 12V-. Also, if you install a waterproof outdoor grade strip, it's encased entirely in a clear plastic material. You'd have to remove that waterproofing plastic to get to the solder points.
One of the main reasons I went with installing one after market rather than having Escape do it was that I wanted a strip that had colors besides white. Tuning it to red, orange or deep yellow means no bugs collecting under the awning. On the gulf coast last year during the Matagorda Rally, I initially turned it to white. Within 5 minutes there were thousands of bugs huddling on or near the strip. Tuned it to orange or red the next evening and there were no bugs - not one.
Besides, It kind of looks cool with different colors at different times.