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Old 04-12-2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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Need Power Source - LED Install

I installed LED strip lights last weekend on my Bay Star Sport 2903 (2016).

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Hole drilled through RV wall.

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Angled bracket and LED light strip.

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Wire through to the control panel with wireless controller. Rather than have another remote floating around, I decided to use an app on my phone to control the lights.

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Night shot.

For testing purposes I plugged a 12V brick in but would really like to wire it directly rather than have a plug hanging out the control box. Has anyone borrowed power from any of the switches in the control box? What would be my best bet for getting a power source in there? Any helpful tips would be appreciated.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:52 PM   #2
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Is that one of those peal-n-stick LED light strips? If so I have trouble keeping them sticking for much longer than a year.

I really like the rope lights that slide into the groove of your awning tube. Or add another length of track below the track that's used to hook the awning fabric to the home, and slide the light in there.

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Is that one of those peal-n-stick LED light strips? If so I have trouble keeping them sticking for much longer than a year.
Thanks for the response, I will keep an eye on it, but was hoping for responses more to the point of my question.
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We have the Girard style awnings almost the whole length of the rig. No way to use any lights that attach to the awning itself. Need to look into putting some up just under the awning case or just inside. We have two outside Thinlight fluorescent lights but they are pretty anemic.
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Those lights are 12 volts so you can wire them into your 12 volt system without the transformer. Just a thought for you.
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Those lights are 12 volts so you can wire them into your 12 volt system without the transformer. Just a thought for you.
Thanks, yes I'm aware of that hence my question on what to wire it to. The question I am trying to answer is what would be the best source of power for it. I'm not seeing any "simple" 2 wire wiring behind those switches.

Has anyone borrowed power from any of the switches in the control panel? If so, any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
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Take the power from your porch light
I'm considering that. The porch light is about 10 inches further down from the entry point of the LED wires. It would be a little tricky to try to fish down to that point through the insulation but probably doable.

The issue is the porch light probably isn't a constant source of power. I was hoping to be able to have the LED lights on independent of the porch light being on. Especially with the wireless controller I would like to be able to control the light being on from my phone without having to first turn on the light switch.
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Seems like you're over-thinking this. Use a multi-tester (or even a simple 12v tester) and pick up any hot wire that's close, although you also need a ground; LED strips use a very small amount of current so it's unlikely to overload anything. Any of those switches likely have one side that's always hot. Open the panel up and see what's behind it. Also, the porchlight wiring in that area is likely to be hot all the time; the porchlight switch is likely to be closer to the porchlight, not the control panel. In any case, a multi-tester will answer that question.
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We have the Girard style awnings almost the whole length of the rig. No way to use any lights that attach to the awning itself. Need to look into putting some up just under the awning case or just inside. We have two outside Thinlight fluorescent lights but they are pretty anemic.
I didn't want mine on the awning, so here's an idea I actually "borrowed" from another member here. Using 3/4"x3/4" thin aluminum angle fastened to the wall then attaching the LED strip underneath facing down instead of out. The angle is painted black and is tucked up behind the slide topper roller. I used heavy duty butyl rubber double sided tape made for outdoors on both the LED strip and the angle to wall mountings. Power is through the wall and one strip is connected to 12v at a reading light and the other to the power for the antenna amplifier. I used RF modules so no line of sight is required for the remote. There are three separate zones that can be operated together or independently.
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