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Old 09-13-2010, 06:55 AM   #1
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In our 30SK all the switches are behind a door mounted to a kitchen cabinet. Unfortunately the kitchen and dining room light switches are in there also. When it's dark it's really hard to see which switch to press to turn on these lights. To solve this problem I ordered a string of LED's from SupreBrightLED.com and installed them on the door.
At first I thought they'd be cool around the inside frame of the panel but that just didn't work. After some experimentation I found that the middle of the door was about the best place.
The strip of LED's that I had were way too bright so I cut all but six LED's off the strip.
The LED's have double backed tape and I just stuck the strip to the door.
I got the power from the awning switch inside the panel. I installed a magnetic switch into the cabinet and a magnet into the door.
Here's what it looks like.

Now when you open the door the LED's come on and it's easy to see the switch titles.
I don't have the wiring tied down to the door yet but will take some clamps with me the next time to the trailer.
This mod was quite simple and my DW thinks it's the best one yet


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Old 09-13-2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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Nice mod... I'm sure it's real helpful at night.

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Old 09-13-2010, 09:24 AM   #3
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Wow! Even with my bad eyesight I can see the names on the switches! Nice mod!!!!!
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:33 AM   #4
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Well done and before you get a patent and sell it to Crossroards I am going to copy it. Thanks
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:23 PM   #5
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I really like this mod but want to use it in the pantry. I end up using a flashlight to see stuff in there. Where can I get the LED lights and the magnetic switch?
Cool mod.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:26 PM   #6
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In my estimation, one of the most useful (and well done) mods yet! For the sake of us that fall into the Klutz area, could you post some more pictures showing the wiring connection? Is the awning motor 12 volt? A little more info on the "Magnet Switch" would be appreciated also.

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Old 09-15-2010, 12:53 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the kind words!
I got the LED strip from www.superbrightleds.com. The magnetic switch came from Newark but I don't believe they sell retail, I could be wrong. Radio Shack might have them or I guess Google "magnetic switch". The switch was about 3/16" in diameter and 1" long. The magnet was too long for the door so I cut it down and works OK. Since it is a magnetic actuated switch you could use almost any magnet like the ones off a discarded Sonicare Toothbrush Head.
I put the switch into the cabinet and the magnetic into the door. The wires were run to the awning switch which is 12 volts. It used the two end leads, black and white.
I hope this helps clarify this mod a little bit.


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In my estimation, one of the most useful (and well done) mods yet! For the sake of us that fall into the Klutz area, could you post some more pictures showing the wiring connection? Is the awning motor 12 volt? A little more info on the "Magnet Switch" would be appreciated also.

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I did the same thing a couple of years ago with these. They are battery powered, install with double stick tape and have the magnetic switch built in. Very easy to install where ever you want. I put one in the switch cabinet, medicine cabinet, some in the pantry and any other dark cubby I could find. I've only had to replace the batteries in a couple of them that get used a lot. I haven't had to buy any batteries yet, as they sent extras with the lights and I still have some of those.
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Old 09-15-2010, 03:42 AM   #9
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Arlyn, those are very cool but I don't think they would fit in my application due to their size. I'll keep those in mind for other locations. Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2010, 04:58 AM   #10
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Ken, Nice mod! I was thinking about doing something like that, just wasn't sure what. Your mod gave me all the details I need. Ordered my LED's last night. Should be here this weekend. I'm having trouble finding anyone locally that has the magnetic switches, though. I might have to orderthat.
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