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Old 09-03-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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2014 28BHBE Dometic Awning - Dimming LED lights

I've just taken delivery of a 2014 28BHBE, my first TT, which comes with a Dometic power awning and pre-installed LED lights. This sounds awesome, but Jayco also removed all the yellow porch lights. The problem is that these LEDs are super bright white. When on, they are brighter than day light, which is too bright for me, and probably annoys the heck out of the neighbors. Perfect while making S'mores, but that's about it. I'd either like to install an inline dimmer, or at least find some kind of yellow lens cover for the LED track.

For an inline dimmer, I've found an inexpensive remote controlled dimmer:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=AG48ONW8HFS8M

It should work, so now my next step is to figure out how to access the LED's power cable. Jayco runs the cable directly into the trailer right up by the top of the awning. I'm assuming in the end, it terminates into the fuse panel. Anyone know how to access this wiring so this could be added inline?

If there's no way to do this, then a colored lens cover might be an option. The LED's appear to be in a track, but I've been unable to find anything that might work. Maybe I'm missing the correct google terms to find them. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:43 PM   #2
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I am surprised they didn't install the adjustable LED awning lights that a lot of people on here have purchased.
$28 from Amazon.

Remote let's you change to any color of the rainbow and has a dimmer function.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 09-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #3
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Welcome and congrats.

Jayco will provide wiring diagrams, but only after you are out of warranty which brings me to the next point. You will most likely void the warranty on the LED lights by installing the dimmer. I have the dimmer you mentioned above on my self installed lights and it works great. If your ok with possible voiding of the warranty then go for it.

Where is the power switch located for the lights? You can install the dimmer in line there and retain the original switch to put back in when you might have to go in for a warranty issue with the lighting.
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I'm not concerned about voiding the warranty on the LEDs, with how bright they are now, I won't use them. I'm still tempted to install my own LED strip if I can't find a way to access the wiring. I'd considered tapping into the switch as you suggested, but in their infinite wisdom, Jayco also tied the step light, an incandescent light, into the same switch. Which is ridiculous because, if the LEDs are on, you certainly don't need a step light. The switch only has two wires going into it, so I can't break out the LEDs. It must go back to the fuse panel from there.
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We have the same model and find the light also quite bright (see our 28BHBE photo thread for LED night pic with awning down), but hasn't really been a bother to other campers and can see so much better around the campsite - don't need to put up strand of awning lights, which on our old setup, was a must. We haven't and don't plan on keeping it on overnight while sleeping and also tend to drop the awning down on one side anyway which minimizes the light spread.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #6
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Here is the night time shot with awning up that I had referenced...

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Old 09-12-2013, 07:06 AM   #7
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Just looking at your pic modmatt.... That is very bright!!!!
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Welcome and congrats.

Jayco will provide wiring diagrams, but only after you are out of warranty which brings me to the next point. You will most likely void the warranty on the LED lights by installing the dimmer. I have the dimmer you mentioned above on my self installed lights and it works great. If your ok with possible voiding of the warranty then go for it.

Where is the power switch located for the lights? You can install the dimmer in line there and retain the original switch to put back in when you might have to go in for a warranty issue with the lighting.
FYI: I asked a wiring question about my 2013 264BH and they sent me the wiring diagrams that I didn't even ask for.
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We haven't have any bug issues with the LED lights, where we did with our old jayco and standard light, but that could just be coincidence since we've only gone out 3 occasions so far with it.
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