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Old 06-30-2020, 06:41 AM   #1
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LED Strips under awning

Need some thoughts on the location of LED strips under the awning. Is it recommended the strip be installed an the wall directly underneath or should it be installed at the end of the awning?
Professional installation to ensure wiring is done properly.
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It is really personal choice. If they are mounted on wall beneath the awning, you can use them while the awning is retracted or extended, if mounted on the outer edge of the awning, you can only use them when the awning is fully extended.
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Heres a novel idea...if you use amber LED strips you wont draw so many insects! Why dont manufacturers think of that????? Another example..those who build/design RVs are not RVers!
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It is really personal choice. If they are mounted on wall beneath the awning, you can use them while the awning is retracted or extended, if mounted on the outer edge of the awning, you can only use them when the awning is fully extended.


Thanks for the feedback. Any concerns on the wall mounts getting damaged or overly dirty due to being exposed?
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Heres a novel idea...if you use amber LED strips you wont draw so many insects! Why dont manufacturers think of that????? Another example..those who build/design RVs are not RVers!


One would think.
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On the awning tube can be problem to get power to the stripe. I did it with my coach but I have a manual awning and run the wire up the rafter from a 12VDC power point I added. If your awning is electric that might be difficult.

A sidewall mount would be a pretty easy install.
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On the awning tube can be problem to get power to the stripe. I did it with my coach but I have a manual awning and run the wire up the rafter from a 12VDC power point I added. If your awning is electric that might be difficult.



A sidewall mount would be a pretty easy install.


Looks good but I am concerned about wires in awning arms.
I like the wall mountís ease for sure.
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My coach did t have such lights at all. I put a strip on the side wall beneath the awning as itís more useful - our awning is pretty much always rolled up unless we are actually using it. Installation was super easy and mine has a wireless remote that lets you change colors, including amber if that what you like.
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This may give you some ideas!

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f84/got-...ed-227755.html
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On my trailer, the strip is on the wall. I haven't had an issue with it getting "dirty". Haven't given the strip any special cleaning.

I like to leave the strip on when we will be gone and arriving back after dark. Light makes a safe approach to the doors and doesn't seem to be overly intrusive on neighbors.
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Thanks for the feedback. Any concerns on the wall mounts getting damaged or overly dirty due to being exposed?
My led light strip came mounted on the wall, 4yrs and still work fine. Haven't noticed them getting dirty.
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Did my 35k and used WiFi led lights that you can change colors. The WiFi works from ALONG way away! I used 3M tape to the wall under the awning. I ran the wire along the top and past the front awning arm. If you go just past the front awning arm and drill a small hole you end up in the front side cabinet where your awning wind sensor is. I taped into the for power. Works great!
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I installed them on the side of the motor home under the awning. I wired them into the existing patio light so that I didn't have to make any additional holes in the side of the motor home. I prefer to be able to use the lights when the awning is closed.

The wires from the LED strip light to the patio light are about 6" long. I used a short length of cable cover and painted it to match the motor home. Lights were ordered from recpro.com.

https://www.recpro.com/led-rv-awning...nting-channel/
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I installed LED strip lights on the wall of my MH just below the awning. I thought I wanted them on the awning itself but couldn't figure out a way to run the wires without interfering with the awning support arms when retracting. In retrospect I'm glad I installed them on the wall. They work with the awning retracted or extended. I did have to drill a small hole in the side of the RV to run the wires, but the hole is between the top of the slide and the topper and you can't see it.

I suggest you get quality waterproof LED lights (superbrightleds.com) and install them in an aluminum channel. Use small screws to attach the channel to the wall. With the LED strip lights in place use a translucent cover and fit that into the channels, they are made for that. You will get a more even distribution of light and the individual LED's won't be so noticeable. Be sure an get a RF remote, not a IR remote. Color changing is nice and since you're going to all this trouble the slight price increase is worth it.

With the LED's in the aluminum channel with the translucent cover the lights are well protected and you can wash them with a brush, like the rest of the RV without the concern of damaging the LED light strip.

This has been one of the best mods to my coach.
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