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Old 05-29-2016, 06:38 AM   #21
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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.

We use a citronella candle, does all the above without changing color.
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I believe the awning manufacturer offers a light strip that is attached to the awning so if extended it will be away from the trailer for bug reasons. The while led light should not be any issues and is covered by the 2 year warranty. Remember you also have a light by the door which you can switch out bulb to yellow or blue or red. I'm having mine installed below the belly band just to illuminate the step area.
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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.


John, if you have a 12v drop, the wiring of an RGBW or RGBWW strip is really easy. We have an RGBW waterproof strip (can produce any color you like and with tons of brightness and effect settings) and RF controller which cost a total of about $33. One small hole along the little ridge near the top of the trailer, just under the awning. Each wire coming off the strip is labeled, and the controller terminals are labeled too. White to white, red to red, blue to blue, and so on. On the other side of the controller it's labeled for both positive and negative 12v. Easy peezy. Feel free to pm me with any questions.


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John, if you have a 12v drop, the wiring of an RGBW or RGBWW strip is really easy. We have an RGBW waterproof strip (can produce any color you like and with tons of brightness and effect settings) and RF controller which cost a total of about $33. One small hole along the little ridge near the top of the trailer, just under the awning. Each wire coming off the strip is labeled, and the controller terminals are labeled too. White to white, red to red, blue to blue, and so on. On the other side of the controller it's labeled for both positive and negative 12v. Easy peezy. Feel free to pm me with any questions.


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Thanks so much for this. This sounds awesome.

Do you have a web link or exact make and model of your kit?

My only fear is that I saw some comments on Amazon.com that some people had problems with the controller getting hot and melting. Yikes.

Some random model. Likely not yours.

And

I would not mind spending more for a better quality one however my guess is all this stuff is made to a similar quality level.
$33 USD seems great vs $170 (Canadian) for the ETI version.

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I guess I could buy the $33 model and "run it in" and test it well before install. Just for peace of mind.

Thanks.
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There are also battery versions of the LED strips with no wiring or holes required. Since LEDs consume very little, the battery ones would probably be a good option.
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Thanks so much for this. This sounds awesome.



Do you have a web link or exact make and model of your kit?

John, the exact parts I used are documented earlier in this thread. Have had no issues with anything getting hot.




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John, the exact parts I used are documented earlier in this thread. Have had no issues with anything getting hot.
oh, of course.... silly me.... sorry... i forgot the fact that YOU actually started this great thread.

i have copied down all this info, and all looks good. I'm relatively handy... the only part that freaks me out slightly is drilling the hole thru the shell, but I'll muster up some courage, and make it happen.

an 1/8" hole would be enough? or smaller?



it'll be worth it... i really like the parts you picked, and the options it gives.

glad I thought to add 12v drop in that cabinet.
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oh, of course.... silly me.... sorry... i forgot the fact that YOU actually started this great thread.

i have copied down all this info, and all looks good. I'm relatively handy... the only part that freaks me out slightly is drilling the hole thru the shell, but I'll muster up some courage, and make it happen.

an 1/8" hole would be enough? or smaller?



it'll be worth it... i really like the parts you picked, and the options it gives.

glad I thought to add 12v drop in that cabinet.
Check out some other brands as well. There are many that will do the job. I just picked ours because I like the RF (radio frequency) controller instead of IR (Infrared). That way, you don't have to point the remote at the controller or have an outside sensor for it to work. And yes, a 1/8" hole is big enough. I drilled mine so that it's behind the white rain gutter material and you cannot see it unless you get on a ladder and look down. The end of the LED strips have some heat shrink and the wires come out as a ribbon, which has a plug on the end. You simply cut that plug off, and feed the wires through the hole. From the inside, if you pull on the wires together it will bring the heat shrinked portion into the hole for a nice snug fit. Only need a tiny amount of sealant at the hole. Then, once the wires are inside, connect them to the controller on their corresponding terminal.

I too am apprehensive about drilling any holes in the shell, but if you take a look at your roof you'll realize there are plenty. One tiny hole? No issue.
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Check out some other brands as well. There are many that will do the job. I just picked ours because I like the RF (radio frequency) controller instead of IR (Infrared). That way, you don't have to point the remote at the controller or have an outside sensor for it to work. And yes, a 1/8" hole is big enough. I drilled mine so that it's behind the white rain gutter material and you cannot see it unless you get on a ladder and look down. The end of the LED strips have some heat shrink and the wires come out as a ribbon, which has a plug on the end. You simply cut that plug off, and feed the wires through the hole. From the inside, if you pull on the wires together it will bring the heat shrinked portion into the hole for a nice snug fit. Only need a tiny amount of sealant at the hole. Then, once the wires are inside, connect them to the controller on their corresponding terminal.

I too am apprehensive about drilling any holes in the shell, but if you take a look at your roof you'll realize there are plenty. One tiny hole? No issue.
Thanks..... very, very helpful.

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