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Old 03-11-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
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i am putting a light in my assist handle on my motorhome. i am wanting to connect it to a switch that controls a light in my bay area, i never use this light. there are five wires hooked to this switch, where do i attach the two wires of the light to which wires on the light switch. thanks
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum. That's a fun project and really adds a nice touch to the coach appearance at night. I did it to mine a number of years ago.

Not sure why there are five wires coming from the switch you want to use. The best way to find out what to tap is to take a meter and measure what voltage you're seeing on each leg with the switch in different positions.

I installed a dedicated switch for mine just to the right of the passenger seat. I drilled the hole through the coach wall and tapped in to power from one of the 12v outlets there and then ran it to a lighted rocker switch from Radio Shack.

Good luck.

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It might be easier and more convenient to hook it to the porch light circuit. You would normally want those two on at the same time.
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i am putting a light in my assist handle on my motorhome. i am wanting to connect it to a switch that controls a light in my bay area, i never use this light. there are five wires hooked to this switch, where do i attach the two wires of the light to which wires on the light switch. thanks
If there are 5 wires it's an odds on bet there is more than one light on that circuit. I'd use a meter to find which one is hot at all times and run another, separate switch.

My handle was setup to go on with the porch light, kid of redundant IMO as you can see just fine with the porch light on. I added a separate switch just for the handle, also changed the bulb out for a high power LED.

Now when out boondocking and I might be back late I just leave the one light on and it casts a warm glow allowing me to see the keyhole and area around the front door. The LED's power draw is so low as to be negligible.
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