There have been a few threads about lighting the drivers overhead cabinet switches so you can see them in the dark. Some of the threads were of higher up models and the switches were backlight capable from the factory. Not so in my 2019 Ventana.
When I removed the face for the cabinet I could see that the controls for the FWS and kitchen slide were etched so that a light behind them would show through. The security light / step control switches were similar, but the face hadn't been cut away enough for those to show through. So I removed that gang of switches and cut away the face with a Dremel spiral bit. I then added a strip of blue LEDs to a backing board mounted to the face but behind the switches so it would show through. Next I added a strip of white LEDs to the cabinet door that would show all of the panel well. Picture 1
Disclaimer: We have 5 kids, two of them are always with us, sometimes we have all of them, and/or a grandparent, and we have 4 dogs. One goal of this set of mods was to be able to find things and hook up leashes without turning on the bright overhead lights.
I next added a strip of LEDs between the front of the overhead cabinets and behind the window shades to illuminate the top of the dash. Dog leashes wallets, keys and glasses tend to collect here when enough of the kids join us that sometimes you want to know what you are grabbing. Picture 2 shows it dark in the RV (slides in) and this windshield light on.
Picture 3 is a LED strip light I added with a motion controller over the entrance door. The motion controller needs some tuning or I may remove it and just rely upon the remote / switch on the panel. This light is enough for me to take the dogs out in the middle of the night without turning on any other lights up front. Because we are not retired the dogs are still on my work schedule and wake up between 4-5am every day, our oldest dog is really regular and it's worth getting up for 10min to get up to keep from dealing with that.
Picture 4 is the completed panel with the bank of switches I added in the top left. Ordered them from https://www.otrattw.net
. From left to right they control;
- A weather radio
- The wifi network (I am not a fan of a device that has a recall being on a self-resetting breaker)
- the LED strip on the cabinet door
- the windshield LED strip from picture 2
- the entrance door LED strip from Picture 3
- A control for all of the backlights - sometimes you just want it dark
I did have a door sensor (seen in the lower left hand corner of the completed face picture) in the path for the cabinet door LED strip - but it wasn't reliable so I have removed it.
Next lighting project is my wet bay and electrical bay. When you are out there at the wet bay sometimes you realize you should have turned on the basement lights before you left the coach. One of my specials was to run 12v power to the wet bay so I could add lights on a switch there. In addition to an overhead light in the bay I will also provide the ability to light the campground in that vicinity. The electrical bay requires removing the stock light and moving the cable box to make room for my auto former.
The warm winter in Maryland hasn't been good for my trees / bulbs they think we are starting spring - but it has helped me get more done on the RV than I expected.