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Old 05-21-2014, 04:59 AM   #1
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Easy, simple and non permanent way to add LED light to your RV Porch Light

Thought others might like this method.
Adds LED outdoor strip lighting to your RV using the existing porch light.

Makes for a clean non-permanant install that looks good with no loose wires or bits and bobs hanging that need to be plugged in every time you unpack.

Use your existing 12v porch light and light switch, and use it for LED lighting

About an hour of time, and less than $50 in material.


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Thanks for sharing that with us!

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Old 05-22-2014, 12:49 AM   #3
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Didn't even think about that ! I have a strip like that one installed on my home's porch (not the RV yet). I wasn't in a hurry so I got mine from China on eBay. Ordered a roll of LED lights for $5 or $6 and the controllers are about the same price or less. Shipping used to take months from China and Hong Kong but now it's usually less than 2 weeks.

Thanks for a great video and awesome idea. Looks like I have a new project to put on the list.
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Old 05-22-2014, 02:08 AM   #4
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The price for the 300 LED kit with 5050 Leds (weatherproof) is now $25 with remote, DC and AC power supply. Using the expensive 3m outdoor tape the whole thing is still less than $50

I'd recommend the weatherproof/weather sealed ones. and the 5050 Leds are the newer generation that are brighter. (you can always dim them if too bright)

I might do the underside of my motorhome with a LED strip tied into the step light now as well.

Double check the polarity of your light sockets as well. My inside ones (for testing purposes) were wired correctly, but when I moved outside they were backwards!
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This is a great idea. I was all ready to poke a hole in the slide on my RV. Can you provide more detail on the components that were used?
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:11 AM   #6
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Now $17.00 on Amazon. - Did this mod a few months ago - still works like a charm!

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Old 05-22-2014, 07:31 AM   #7
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One of our sponsors, rvledbulbs.com, has a variety of products for outdoor lighting. And led bulbs that can replace the old incandescents in your existing porch light fixture.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:47 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Fl_Richard View Post

Bought it and the extension! Now I need to create the adapter to power the strip off the light socket.
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:16 PM   #9
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This looks like it will make life easy for those who don't solder

A pre-wired 1141 light socket with bare wire leads (at least I think its bare wire and no chips inside) I just ordered one to check.
1156 7506 Male Adapter Wiring Harness for Headlight Tail Lamp Signal Retrofit | eBay

For those who don't solder you can get one of these and just attach it to the leads
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Old 05-23-2014, 01:01 AM   #10
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I'm converting my sticks and bricks to LED.

One nice thing about LED lights is that they don't attract bugs.

I've replaced one bulb in the coach that I can leave on when I'm not hooked up to shore power and not have to worry about it running down my batteries.

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Don't know where I'm going, spose I'll get there anyway.
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