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Old 01-12-2014, 11:27 AM   #1
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LED lighting solution

I recently used an LED lighting product from Lee Valley for a project inside the house -- RibbonFlex Pro™ Warm White LED Tape Lighting System - Lee Valley Tools

While I haven't tried it yet, they look like a good (albeit expensive) solution for various lighting problems in the trailer. The strips use 12V power, and the manufacturer's information says they are suggested for RV use which implies they can handle the somewhat variable voltage ratings we deal with.

The highest density light strips (120 LEDs/meter) provide a lot of light -- probably more than you need (for example) inside a cabinet. But the three different light density strips provide plenty of options.

The stick-on backing make installation easy. The strip format makes it easy to hide the lights and take effectively no room.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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The strips use 12V power, and the manufacturer's information says they are suggested for RV use which implies they can handle the somewhat variable voltage ratings we deal with.
That voltage is highly variable, and I think this is an important point. 12V lights which run in a home and are powered by a dedicated power supply might not tolerate battery charging voltages or operate properly on the lowest voltage reached.
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This is what I did with LEDs to add some background lighting in the Escape 19
LED Mood Light
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I have used those lights from Lee Valley in a few kitchens now over the last year or so. They are not too bad of a price. I bought the ones I put in my trailer's cabinets before LV started to carry them, but they are very similar to the LV ones.

What I like about the LV ones are the connectors. Maybe others are going to this type of mechanical connector. I had to solder the ones on my trailer lights, not a big deal, just a bit fussy.

We absolutely love having the lights in the cabinets, it makes finding stuff so much easier.
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