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Posted: 06/04/21 06:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“ After 8 years, my current strip are more than half failed.” That may be a record on how long they lasted... much longer than my experience, even with ones inside.
I have found the 5050 size chips run cooler and last longer.
Adding a 15ohm 1/2watt resistor in series on a long strip or 30 ohm on short strips, helps to keep the voltage below 12V as the strips are not voltage regulated.
Instead of strips, I use 48 5050 voltage regulated panels when converting fluorescent lights and under counter.


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Posted: 06/04/21 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dodge guy wrote:

I bought these for my MH.

LED light strip

They make a complete kit with power supply and remote. I put these on the awning rail at the wall and under the RV. Have had them for 3 years now and another set on our TT for 5 years.
Looks interesting - but says Waterproof and for indoor use only. Wondering how they have held up under the RV - still sticking?


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2012Coleman wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I bought these for my MH.

LED light strip

They make a complete kit with power supply and remote. I put these on the awning rail at the wall and under the RV. Have had them for 3 years now and another set on our TT for 5 years.
Looks interesting - but says Waterproof and for indoor use only. Wondering how they have held up under the RV - still sticking?


They are still sticking to the awning rail/gutter. but they have not stuck very well underneath, i`m assuming from the heat, But when I finished the install I ziptied them to the plastic channel that I mounted them too. they are still snug and only loose in a few spots for a few inches each. not sure why they say indoor use, but I`ve used them outside for years with no issues.


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Posted: 06/04/21 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GDS-3950BH wrote:

A company named Recpro on Ebay sells a kit that is IP68 outdoor rated for about $50. The LED strip is encased in a waterproof silicone sleeve. The kit comes with plastic channels you attach to underside of the awning rail with included 3M tape, then the LED strip snaps into this channel. They make it this way as 3m tape will not stick to the silicone sleeve. The bad side is if you cut it to length you compromise the silicone encasement, but its available in different lengths. It is alsobonly sold in white or blue so you can't make the campground look like the Vegas strip of thats your thing.
RECPRO may be a winner. These are IP68 marine grade compliance.

They don't say what LED they use but from looking at some review photos they appear to be 2835s. I sent Recpro an email asking what they are, current draw per 15ft and if they are PWM controllable. I'm sure they are PWM dimmable but doesn't hurt to ask.

Thanks for all the quick replies and help

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#1Flyboy wrote:

Please reconsider exterior lighting! With many folks lighting up the campground we’re losing the camping experience of watching for shooting stars, satellites & planets. Then with the use of lighting, TV’s, stereos, etc the generators are coming on disturbing another camping experience - the quiet not found in the cities from which the campers came… or maybe I’m wrong but I thought that camping was to get away from all that stuff?
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Don't worry Flyboy. We are pedestal hopping, full hookup, glampers. We are travelers, not camping anywhere you may be stargazing.

Let's make a deal. I promise I'll keep my lights to a minimum if you do the same with your nasty campfire smoke. Deal? [emoticon]

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2112 wrote:

LMAO
Don't worry Flyboy. We are pedestal hopping, full hookup, glampers. We are travelers, not camping anywhere you may be stargazing.

Let's make a deal. I promise I'll keep my lights to a minimum if you do the same with your nasty campfire smoke. Deal? [emoticon]


Yeah. That was a weird comment. LEDs aren't even that bright and you're just replacing what you already have.

A buddy I camp with (boondocking) has that LED strip right beneath his awning. He installed it in just the right spot so that it lights up his awning if it's deployed or casts some light on the ground if the awning is in.

Most of us just turn on our porch lights at night and he has his red LED strip. It makes it easy to navigate around camp without stumbling and without killing your night vision.

If Flyboy is camped so close to you that your LEDs kill his view of the stars, then he's breaking the unwritten code and camping way too close to you. He shouldn't be able to see much of your lights or hear your music. Sounds like he's close enough to smell you though. Not right.


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dedmiston wrote:

Yeah. That was a weird comment. LEDs aren't even that bright and you're just replacing what you already have.
He's entitled to his comments/concerns/gripes. He does have a legitimate gripe. Mine are screaming drunks, neighbors trying to burn rotten firewood, loud trucks and playing cornhole until 2am.

The LEDs I have now are integrated into the awning tube. They shine up on the under side on the awning and produce a nice glow on the ground. I can control their brightness by rolling them up close to the awning fabric. I won't be able to do that with what I mount on the wall so I'll need to install a dimmer.

Besides, I rarely use them anyway. The awning has to be rolled completely out to expose the LEDs. I'm replacing my awning and I have to decide what to do about the 12V wire that runs through the awning seam to power the existing LEDs. I decided it's time to install different LEDs that are more usable. I'm excited

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Yeah. That was a weird comment. LEDs aren't even that bright and you're just replacing what you already have.

A buddy I camp with (boondocking) has that LED strip right beneath his awning. He installed it in just the right spot so that it lights up his awning if it's deployed or casts some light on the ground if the awning is in.

Most of us just turn on our porch lights at night and he has his red LED strip. It makes it easy to navigate around camp without stumbling and without killing your night vision.

If Flyboy is camped so close to you that your LEDs kill his view of the stars, then he's breaking the unwritten code and camping way too close to you. He shouldn't be able to see much of your lights or hear your music. Sounds like he's close enough to smell you though. Not right.


dont have to be close for light polution to afect the sky. its a big issue with citys and such now. I have the led strip factroy on my 5th and while it doesent seam bright it does light up a lot, but I like it better than the "old" porch light. I dont know where this unwritten rule is from but it must only apply to boondocking as in a camprground you have sites layed out.

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