I wanted to install lights permanently to my new camper awning.
On my previous Sunnybrook I installed an 18' incandescent rope light on the awning using Awning Hook-Ups
. They worked great and lasted for many years. I rolled them up in the awning. It stretched the vinyl fabric slightly, but never caused a hole or tear.
I bought an LED rope light at Wal-Mart that was supposed to be warm white. It was OK, but attracted bugs.
I read on another forum of a 16' weatherproof adhesive LED light strip. The guy claims he installed his 2 seasons ago and is working and sticking to the awning.
Following that lead I ordered the set he listed from Amazon for $39:
Amazon.com: Abco Tech®Waterproof 150 Color Changing SMD5050 LED Lighting Strip Kit RGB 16.4ft +44 Remote: Home Improvement
Similar products can be found on eBay for less.
Packaging is nice. The instructions are not.
The kit comes with a 12V control box with IR receiver. A 120V to 12V power supply, a remote control and 5m (16') of 5050 RGB Flash SMD LED with 3M adhesive backing.
I cleaned the awning tube per instructions with alcohol (rubbing not ethyl). The strip was EXACTLY the length of my awning tube, so no cutting was required. I pressed it down firmly, per instructions. And repeated several hours later. It appeared to adhere well. I secured both ends with zip ties.
Each end has a female plug, so the control box can be attached at either end. The 120v power supply plugs into the control box.
I remove the control box and power supply before retracting the awning. I can easily reach the plug with the awning deployed with a step stool. I have a Dometic 9500 electric awning.
The lights stay attached to the awning tube and roll up. The plugs just extend past the end of the awning and cause no interference to opening or closing.
I use the same light sensor I used with my old rope lights to turn the lights on at dusk and off at whatever time interval I wish they stay on.
The remote allows MANY different colors, fade, flash, dim, and a ton of things I'll never need. When on bright, they are bright! Dim is a soft glow. I can change to a yellow color if bugs are a problem.
So far, I've been impressed. Time will tell how they hold up. But for now, I'm a happy camper.
Here are a few pictures.