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Old 04-13-2019, 09:58 PM   #1
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Ambient LED lights

Well finally the weather allowed for a little play time on the trailer, so got the blue LED's added to the skirt. Took 3 days but figured it would be a fair amount of crawling around. First day wasn't to busy or very long, but started on the hitch where I placed 3 led's and also chased my wires for my fuse and switch, 2nd day was the left side and placed 8 led's. These I installed different as you can see the led's, as there not placed as ambient lighting. 3rd day did the left side and placed 13 led's. These are placed a tad didderently so not to see the led's and create ambient light. Anyways I took a couple pictures of the blue led's, they look very sharp but not to sure about the pictures. I also received my momentary normal closed switches for the closets so the light goes on when you open the door. Apparently newer trailers come with that feature, or so I was told, but sure makes it nice to see.
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Old 04-14-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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Looks great, what did you use for lights? Where did you mount the lights on the right side? I like how yours turned out.

I had used led strip lights on the frame, but I'm not happy with the look. I got some LED rock lights, but haven't mounted them yet.

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I bought 30 blue LED's from Ebay ( https://www.ebay.ca/itm/10X-12V-DC-S...y/232952578521 ) What I did for the right side was mount the led on a piece of 5/8''angle iron aluminum so they are mounted on and hidden behind that, then this is mounted just on the bottom of the skirt with the little bolts that were supplied with the lights. Being the design of my skirt I had to mount my lights behind a angle iron to create an ambient light for the right side. The left side I wasn't as concerned by the lights being visible as I don't sit on that side. There were 24 lights total used, 3 to the hitch hidden out of sight, 8 on left side about 4' space, and 13 on right side about 2' space.. All lights are hooked parallel positive and negative with the cord using 16AWG extension cord as I wanted a beefier cord to resist the elements and all the fasteners to attach under the skirt. The lights have an independent fuse and a waterproof switch which is mounted up front where the 12V kill switch box is mounted. I will tell you it was a fair amount of work and I used lots of odds and end hardware to achieve my final product but it's always easier to do it overkill the first time. Where the lights are spaced 2', I have another fastener in between at 1 foot so the cord isn't flopping around with washers and another bolt and nut. same as on all the 4' spacings. Also note that these 24 total led's have a drew of exactly .5Amps, which is miniscule in my opinion. Lets put it another way, after changing out all the incandescent lights throughout the trailer I can turn on every light in the trailer and still be under what it use to be.
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They look great. Did you put them on a dimmer for a little extra mood lighting and control?
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They look great. Did you put them on a dimmer for a little extra mood lighting and control?
No. I was actually more concerned about not having enough light rather than too much. But think it'll be just fine when the awning is out and the string of patio lights is also on. The awning lights clip to the awning flap that hangs down. This Christmas was able to find some blue bulbs for that string of AC patio lights that were always clear up to now.
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