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Old 11-26-2017, 06:53 PM   #1
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Pantry/wardrobe lighting

Can't find a thread to hang this on, so here goes....

I believe that Newmar includes an LED light strip in the DSDP pantry in '18, mounted vertically.

Is this true, and is it possible to get the same lighting system in the two bedroom wardrobes?
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Old 11-27-2017, 11:34 AM   #2
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It's probably available however the cost is probably very high. I just wired the lights through a push button switch (mounted to every wardrobe and shirt closet door) Every time I open any of the closet doors, the overhead light illuminates.
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It's probably available however the cost is probably very high. I just wired the lights through a push button switch (mounted to every wardrobe and shirt closet door) Every time I open any of the closet doors, the overhead light illuminates.
I would love to do this! Can you send us a picture of your wiring? Can you send a link to the parts you purchased to do it?
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Here's the problem with links. The electronics store where I purchased the switches suddenly went out of business after the passing of the owner however, the switches I purchased were "similar" to this switch (read the description under the switch in the link provided) in that when the push button is depressed (by the closed closet door) the circuit is open. When you open the door, the button springs out and completes the circuit 9001 - Door Push-Button Switches Series - Momentary Switches from Switches - Littelfuse The buttons I purchased had a bracket that I simply screwed into the inside of the door frame. If you have a NEWMAR coach, it's exactly the same as the push buttons located inside the basement storage cargo doors.

I removed the light fixture, kept the 12 volt positive line going to the fixture intact then cut the negative line. I attached one of the negative lines to one pole on the switch and the other line to the other pole. I then slid the light fixture switch to the "on" position.

When the door is closed, it 'breaks" the ground and the light stays off. When you open the door, the button pops out and completes the circuit thus turning on the light.

I hope this helps
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I looked at my 18 4369 pantry. They use a magnetic switch, similar to an alarm door switch.
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Originally I used magnets however the problem with alarm magnets is ""usually"" you can't run current through them Even if you use the magnet to break the Negative side of the 12 volt current, it runs current through the magnet (It has to complete a loop) I used relays with the magnets but later switched to the push buttons as they didn't require a relay and were rated for 10 amps (more than enough for a incandescent or LED bulb. (I have LED's so virtually no amp draw on the push button switch.
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DW's closet has a contact switch that the one small light came on when opened. My wadrobe cabinet had nothing and I didn't want to start taking stuff apart to get power there.

I bought THIS on Amazon. It's a rechargeable led light that when the room is sort of dark and you start to open the door it immediately comes on then after the door is closed its off seconds later. I can't believe how well this works. A 3M strip secures a metal strip that matches the lights magnet base. I have only had to re charge it 1 time in 9 months. I have bought 3 more for the pantry and other places.

I believe different sizes are available.
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Fortunately my coach had overhead lighting in all the wardrobe closets as well as the shirt closets. This made wiring a snap.


I had something similar to the strip lights you're showing for the food pantry and cabinets above the stove but the problem was they took AAA batteries and, they only illuminated for about 30 seconds then you had to wave your hand in front of the light to make motion sensor activate the light.

Is the "time on" adjustable?
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Fortunately my coach had overhead lighting in all the wardrobe closets as well as the shirt closets. This made wiring a snap.


I had something similar to the strip lights you're showing for the food pantry and cabinets above the stove but the problem was they took AAA batteries and, they only illuminated for about 30 seconds then you had to wave your hand in front of the light to make motion sensor activate the light.

Is the "time on" adjustable?
No they are not time on adjustable.

I've never had an issue with light going off before i moved away. Could be the motion sensor or passive infrared is very sensitive. Works great with more than enough light.
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I used a magnetic switch HERE from Amazon to control the 3 LED strips HERE I installed in the pantry. Works very well. I'm going to order two more for the closet lights.
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