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Old 08-23-2015, 04:45 PM   #11
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OK, finally had an actual day off so I could go hook up the wiring. Works well. First, spliced/soldered/shrink wrapped 5 pieces of wire of the same gauge and color as the led wires coming into the trailer. Then, just pushed them into the corresponding screw pots on the controller and tightened them down. Then, loosened the 12V drop in the corner of the cabinet, cut off the butt connectors, and pushed the wires into the power terminals on the controller, and tightened them down. Easy, but the 100 degree heat inside the trailer made it tedious. At least the next time we camp we'll have the lights.
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Old 08-23-2015, 05:47 PM   #12
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That's why I don't do customer installations on a trailer if they don't have A/C; too dang hot to work!
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Old 09-12-2015, 04:02 PM   #13
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Follow up:

Haven't had a chance to post photos yet because I've been in Europe and elsewhere on business. The strip works perfectly, but the remote doesn't. Could not get it to pair. Good news is I contacted the seller and they sent a new remote and controller and its waiting for me when I get home tonight. They didn't even ask for the old controller/remote back.

As I mentioned before, I decided to solve the cheap tape mounting problem by removing it and using some 3m tape designed for 10mm strips. Turns out it's not all that great either. Rather than remove it and use a thicker tape like VHB, I used a quicker fix - just ran a bead of clear lexel on either side of the strip and smoothed it down with a finger. That strip is now stuck and not going anywhere - and completely weatherproof.

I'll post a follow up pic or two once I have a controller that can actually change the brightness and color of the strip.
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I don't have any follow up photos yet (forgot to take some when we camped last) but the LED strip works very well now that they sent me a working remote. You can turn on the strip basically anywhere within about 50 feet of the trailer and it's RF instead of IR, so you dont have to point it at anything.

We had the lights on just white the first night at Matagorda Bay, but that resulted in about a thousand mosquitos deciding to camp along the strip. The next night I turned the color wheel down to a nice amber and the bugs were gone. Still puts out a good amount of light. Overall I'm very happy with the install and my total cost was about $35.
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Old 03-08-2016, 02:55 AM   #15
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nice job, and amazing you could do it for about $35

The ETI installed one would be much easier for me, of course... but is $170 CAD.... so that is currently $127 USD.....

and i dont think the ETI one is variable color.... or is it?
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Nope, the factory installed one is white lights, with an IR remote.
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Follow up:

Haven't had a chance to post photos yet because I've been in Europe and elsewhere on business. The strip works perfectly, but the remote doesn't. Could not get it to pair. Good news is I contacted the seller and they sent a new remote and controller and its waiting for me when I get home tonight. They didn't even ask for the old controller/remote back.
Hello rbryan4,
I bought the same LED strip light and controller following your forum post from LEDENET throught Amazon . Now I shared the same remote /controller problem. Would you please share how you contact with the seller in USA . I searched the web and found that this is a Chinese company located in China. Thanks.

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Old 03-08-2016, 04:34 PM   #18
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Hi Tonny,

I bought the strip on Amazon so I just used the Amazon link to contact the seller. They got back to me quickly. By the way, you'll know if it is going to pair by the red light that comes on when you insert the batteries. No light - no pair. If you see the light, follow the pairing instructions and it should work.
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Thanks for the info. We will give it a try. If it does not work, we will contact Amazon.

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Old 05-29-2016, 03:35 AM   #20
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this is a great thread

however this wiring and trouble shooting may be above my "pay grade"

however i'm sad that ETI only install a led light strip that does white.

i'd love to be able to do white, or red (night vision preservation) or yellow (maybe attract fewer bugs?)

are there any other options for putting up an led light strip, under the awning, once we get our 2017 21' ?

i'll get a 12v drop in the right place.
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