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Old 01-04-2017, 08:44 AM   #1
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Wiring LED strip

So, I have searched the forums to perform this mod. I have purchased the amazon kit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Then I also got the splitter so that I can cut the roll into 2 strips. I am looking at making a hole under the awning right down the middle. My camper has a cabinet right behind that and I can then wire the stuff cleanly. I am actually looking at getting 12V power from the light above the dinette.

So, I have 2 questions:
  1. Do I need to take special considerations when I make the hole in the aluminum siding? I had a fiberglass camper before and I don't know why I get the feeling that aluminum siding is composed differently as a wall and maybe there is something behind it?
    Looking at making the hole under the awning:
  2. My roll of LEDs came with 2 adapters. It seems that one is to hook up to power and the other to connect another strip to it (extend it). Can I just cut the LED roll in half and use each of those connectors to get power from the splitter?

    Here one can see the splitter:

I'll try to post pictures of what I'm asking.
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Old 01-05-2017, 08:24 AM   #2
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Hey Jim you could have saved yourself some money by ordering the kit that did not have the 120 volt power supply.. since these things operate on 12 VDC.

Since I use mine on RV 12VDC only I added a power point (formerly called cigarette plug) to the lower flashing and wired that directly to my battery. That way there is only a hole in the trim and not in the wall of my RV.
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Old 01-05-2017, 08:39 AM   #3
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Thanks Seann! Yes, I could have saved my dad some money by having him get kit w/o the 120V power supply, but he just happened to ask me what I wanted for Christmas and that's what I found when I was quickly looking
Now, I will be using 12VDC. What do you mean by the lower flashing? I want a clean install where I don't see many wires being routed and such. Do you have a picture? What gauge wire did you use for such a long run?
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Old 01-06-2017, 06:11 AM   #4
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I would like to do this mod this weekend. Anyone have any suggestions on my 2 questions?
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Old 01-06-2017, 07:49 AM   #5
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I assume you already ruled out the porch light and any other existing opening. If you have to cut a new hole through the skin, check that there is no stud in the way.
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Old 01-06-2017, 08:01 AM   #6
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Thanks chugchug. I considered doing the porch light, but I wanted to keep this independent + I don't want to run a wire up the side. I know, I'm making it harder on myself by making a hole vs routing wires.
Thanks for the tip on looking for a stud! I hadn't thought about that.
What should I use to cover the hole where I feed the wires through on the outside?
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Thanks chugchug. I considered doing the porch light, but I wanted to keep this independent + I don't want to run a wire up the side. I know, I'm making it harder on myself by making a hole vs routing wires.
Thanks for the tip on looking for a stud! I hadn't thought about that.
What should I use to cover the hole where I feed the wires through on the outside?
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You need something to hold the butyl against the aluminum skin

https://www.amazon.com/KING-CE2000-P...=rv+wire+cover

https://www.amazon.com/JR-Products-5...MRKF0BT9EDJ4HY

Or just make your own from a piece of PVC.
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I got butil tape. So, you are suggesting to not just stuff it, but actually put a cover. I don't expect the hole to be that big. Got it. Thanks!
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I got butil tape. So, you are suggesting to not just stuff it, but actually put a cover. I don't expect the hole to be that big. Got it. Thanks!
Certainly, you must have a cover. Not just for the butyl tape, but also to protect the wire from the edge of the aluminum siding.

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