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Old 07-15-2016, 08:04 AM   #1
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LED Lighting - 12v or 110V

Hello everyone, thanks in advance for all the help, opinions and suggestions...

What I'm looking for is two fold.... I'm looking for the best option and the best place/price to purchase what I'm looking for...

What am I looking for you ask...

I would like to install a strip of LED lighting (I like the multi-color, remote control type) on the bottom edge of my exterior wall, from my entrance door to the rear wheel well (and if successful, I'm considering doing the other side from wheel well to wheel well)...

My thought... I like the idea of having an LED strip in the awning.. but I don't want the direct brightness of the light, not to mention, I'm not too keen on the idea of drilling holes into the side of the RV... I'm thinking if I install them under the exterior edge of my walls, it would produce a nice "glow" of light, not over powering on the eyes AND keep the bugs down and out of the way...

What I'd like to know is...
  • What brand/type of light have others had luck with... I figure these strips have been out for awhile now and available almost everywhere..
  • What "types" are holding up best... I'm planning on "mounting" this strip on the underside of the exterior wall, it will be exposed to road debris/water... I'm sure I'm not the only one who has thought of this idea... if you've done it... how has it been holding up??
Finally... I don't know which way to install them... would a 12V set up be best, or should I go with 110V... I like the idea of going the route of 12V, only because I could turn them on while driving down the road (and I don't know if this is legal or not)... I thought that would be "cool"... but.. while at the campground, I want to be able to use them without concern of battery draw.. So there's my dilemma, 12V or 110V..

I'd appreciate anyone who could post some pictures of how you decided to install them... I'd also like links or suggestions on where to purchase them...

Thanks again for the help !!
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:31 AM   #2
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I ordered strips of LED lights on Amazon . They were 12 volt 300 leds per 16' roll. with a 120v adapter available . Waterproof available , multicolored with remote available; 600 leds per 16' roll . Take a few hours and look around on Amazon , there are tons out there.

If your in a park on shore power , why would you be worried about the minimal draw of a set of led lights has on the batteries , converter is handling any loads.
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Eric, this is what I did. Maybe it will give you some ideas!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

Got my LED strips installed!
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You may also want to try a site called "TMART". They have a lot of choices, also I would lean toward 12V. But that is my preference because I hooked into outside step light circuit and like working with 12V over 110AC.
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If your in a park on shore power , why would you be worried about the minimal draw of a set of led lights has on the batteries , converter is handling any loads.
I guess you're correct, never thought of it that way... thanks !!
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Eric, this is what I did. Maybe it will give you some ideas!
I saw your thread when I tried to search things out.. but it was from 2014 and I was looking for new/current info... Also, I checked your links and I think two of the items were discontinued (I think)...

To be curious, how has the outside awning lights been holding out.. with the outside elements and the "driving" factor.. has everything been holding tight and all the lights functioning properly?

Thanks for the link.. you did a fabulous job !!
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You may also want to try a site called "TMART". They have a lot of choices, also I would lean toward 12V. But that is my preference because I hooked into outside step light circuit and like working with 12V over 110AC.
Thanks for the suggestion... I tend to like 12V too... I'm not big on working with electricity to begin with.. might was well keep the damage to a minimum, if possible..
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Purchased 30' at Home depot, secured with screen clamps, plugs into my 110 volt in basement. Has inline on-OFF SWITCH. NO DRAW ON Batteries.
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I saw your thread when I tried to search things out.. but it was from 2014 and I was looking for new/current info... Also, I checked your links and I think two of the items were discontinued (I think)...

To be curious, how has the outside awning lights been holding out.. with the outside elements and the "driving" factor.. has everything been holding tight and all the lights functioning properly?

Thanks for the link.. you did a fabulous job !!

Thanks! They are still working great! I love the RF remote control so I can control them from outside.
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I set ours up like you mentioned. I have a strip that goes along the bottom by the bay doors from the front wheel well to the rear wheel well. I used 12v lights and installed a timer so that if I forget to turn them off when I go inside, they will shut off via the timer and not be bothering people all night long. I purchased mine on ebay.. direct from China ! Earlier, I had set some up out by our pool area on the screen framing and found that the adhesive that comes on them wasn't very good ( it says 3M, but it's a knockoff) . I purchased real 3M double back High bond tape and used that to stick the strip to the underside of the motorhome. I then went along both sides of the strip with silicone adhesive as backup to the tape. just . It's been on the motorhome for 3 years now and is still holding up well.
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