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Old 09-01-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Awning strip lights

Now that Im getting my electrical draw issues in order, Id like to throw on some LED strip lights under the gutter. My awning runs about 14 feet and Id bring the power through the awning motor hole and tap into 12v power running to a light so Id need a fairly thin wire to get through the hole.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. I dont want blue ones. As an airline shift worker, blue light is my enemy. Ive started to look on amazon but Id like your input.
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I installed these on our Bay Star and tapped into the patio light for power.
https://www.recpro.com/led-rv-awning...nting-channel/
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I installed these on our Bay Star and tapped into the patio light for power.
https://www.recpro.com/led-rv-awning...nting-channel/
I've looked at them at Recpro and am still thinking of getting a set of them but I'm kind of looking for the multi colored ones with the remote. Tough to find that are 12 volt though.
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Now that Im getting my electrical draw issues in order, Id like to throw on some LED strip lights under the gutter. My awning runs about 14 feet and Id bring the power through the awning motor hole and tap into 12v power running to a light so Id need a fairly thin wire to get through the hole.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. I dont want blue ones. As an airline shift worker, blue light is my enemy. Ive started to look on amazon but Id like your input.
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The minimum size of the wire is determined my the current draw of the lights. The standard size for lighting in many TT's is 14 gage with a 15 amp fuse.

Tapping into an existing circuit means the wire gage you use must match the fuse on that circuit. Find the fuse. A 15 amp fuse means 14 gage wire. A 20 amp fuse would mean 12 gage wire.

You can use smaller wire sized to match the current draw of the light. You must put a fuse in the smaller wire to match its ampacity.

Sorry I don't have a wiring chart for 12 volts available. You can find one using a google search. May be someone else knows the small size ampacities.
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I would suggest putting them on the outer end of the awning rather than the side that attaches to the trailer. I hardly ever use mine because they attract insects and in no time the whole side of the trailer is covered in bugs just waiting for the door to open so they can come in. They may not be visible with the awning rolled up but at least you won't have "visitors".
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Would this unit be possible?

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Id cut the power prior to the AC converter and tap directly into a 12v light wire.
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Another option is to get a 24 strip and run it along the chassis and bring the power up through to the panel via a hole for the negative bus ground. I could probably give it a dedicated circuit.
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New or existing circuit.

You would not need the 120 volt AC brick. It runs on 12 volts.

Connect it to any lighting circuit that you changed to LED's. With lower current in that lighting circuit the 5 amps for the light string will be fine. Use 12 gage wire (assuming a 20 amp fuse).

Or run 16 gage wire to the 12 volt fuse panel and connect to a new 10 amp fuse.

You probably want a mechanical switch in there some where because the light string controller will always draw a little current. It will slowly drain your battery during storage.
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