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Old 07-04-2015, 05:37 PM   #1
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LED Awning Lights - Installation

I'm going to be installing an LED light strip under the awning and will document the process here.

I've seen several types, and some with remotes, but to be honest I wasn't happy with the keychain IR remotes and the fact that the lights only produced one color. So, after a bit of research, I decided to go with a waterproof 5M string of RGBW, and a LedeNet Remote and controller. My trailer has 12V drops in all the overhead cabinets, so no need to worry about a power supply or wiring to the controller location.

I have all the parts except for one - a roll of 3M double-sided waterproof tape, which arrives next Monday. So, I won't be able to install until then.

Now for the parts I chose:

LED Strip
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o02_s00

This a waterproof (IP65) 5050 RGBW strip, 5 meters long. Like other 5050's, it can be cut every third LED. The particular one I chose had good reviews on color clarity and trueness. If you cut it, you should put some waterproof caulk on the cut edge to maintain it's waterproof properties.

LED Controller and Remote
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o02_s00

This is a very nice looking unit with a color wheel to vary the color output. It's RF, not IR, so no need to aim it at a sensor to operate the lights. It should be good out to about 30 meters. The controller has screw terminals for both the LED side and the DC side which I really like. That way, the hole I drill into the overhead cabinet will be very small and easily sealed, because I can cut the terminal off the end and just pass the wires through. It's an RGBW controller of course, so it can operate this particular string properly. The controller is also very small, so it won't affect space in the overhead cabinet.

LED Tape
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00

Reading and researching the different LED strings, there were many warning that the tape on the back of the strip is essentially useless for an outdoor application, and of poor quality. So, I ordered a roll of 3M clear double sided exterior tape made specifically for the 5050 LEDs. It's way more tape than I needed, but it was the smallest quantity I could find. In any case, far less expensive than VHB and it will do the job.

When I checked the tape on the LEDs, the comments I'd read were right - the tape is really bad. Good news is it can be peeled right off and the 3M tape added.

I'll post installation photos once I get to it, but for now here are some photos of the parts.
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Old 07-04-2015, 06:47 PM   #2
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Don't worry, I won't set them to flash or strobe, I just like being able to change the color and brightness. They can also run just pure white.
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Amazon links are broken so good that you took pictures. Where are you pulling power from ?


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Amazon links are broken so good that you took pictures. Where are you pulling power from ?


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Thanks for the heads up Cypher. The links didn't paste properly I guess. I have drops in all the overhead cabinets. I'll just run one of the drops into the controller.

Here are the links:
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Have u considered placing the strip light in Anodized Aluminum TAMI Channel
For LED Tape Light - Klus B5390ANODA amazon to protect the light strip from weather.

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Robert,
Have u considered placing the strip light in Anodized Aluminum TAMI Channel
For LED Tape Light - Klus B5390ANODA amazon to protect the light strip from weather.

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Yes, I thought about a channel, but went with an IP 65 rated waterproof strip instead. It needs no weather protection, provides a less visible install (the channel you mentioned is 16mm wide while the tape itself is only 10mm wide), and can be adhered to the fiberglass itself. Easier to install or remove as well.

They do make waterproof strips with up to IP 68 waterproof ratings, but those are submersible, for use in underwater applications like a pool. Not needed here.

I figure if the strip ever does stop working due to deterioration or water, it was relatively cheap and can be easily replaced.
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See here for some pictures Planned modifications to BlackJack….
Thanks Jim. I think I saw that section of your thread before. Nice tidy install.
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Installed the strip on Sunday, but I haven't hooked it up to the controller or the 12V drop yet. Reason is I didn't have additional wire to splice on to the ends of the LED Strip wires as they came into the trailer. The wires on the Strip end only come into the trailer about 2 1/2". The wires are very thin. I'll be headed back out this weekend to finish up. I'll add additional length to the wires so the controller can lay flat in the bottom of the cabinet. Also (note to self) make sure to take a couple AAA batteries for the remote. Will post photos once it's all done.

Oh, and an edit to my original post: you don't need to seal anything when you cut this strip to length. The strip is not covered, but completely encased in waterproof acrylic. The end is completely sealed when you cut it.
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