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Old 06-01-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
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Most PWM voltage control devices use the negative lead to vary the voltage, therefore you need a dedicated ground wire directly from the light you are trying to dim.

The easist dimmer would be the one I listed here, only 4 wires to connect, and no box to mount the device in, just some waterproofing. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It is very small in size. Of course you need access to the wiring on the exterior of your trailer, or access right where the wiring harness enters the interior. Being that they are RF transmitters, you don't have to be in sight of or point at the receiver like you do your TV set.
For this dimmer, is the control module water proof? So if I installed it, could I just waterproof the splices and be done with it? Or would I have to waterproof the actual dimmer module too?
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:53 PM   #12
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Worked! Just hope it keeps working....Click image for larger version

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Old 06-29-2015, 12:50 PM   #13
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Very nice work. Would one of the modules you used for inside work on the outside?
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Yes, and it would be a much easier, neater install. You could just wire it in and cover the whole thing in heat shrink tubing. I could have done that, but I had already installed that system on the interior lights and they would have operated one the same frequency.

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Amazon.com: Lerway Mini LED Controller Dimmer with RF Wireless Remote Control DC 5~24V 12A R106: Musical Instruments
I just got around to doing this mod.

the ends of the shrink wrap around the module are open and you can see the circuit board, so I added some silicone caulk in there.



There is a track cover that when removed exposes and nice length of wire lead going to the LEDs. I off set the butt connectors so I could use a smaller diameter shrink wrap and fit them into the track.



All wired up.



Here you can see the smaller shrink wrap over the wires and connectors and then a larger size over the module and ends of the smaller shrink wraps.




Works great, remote not real strong so you have to be outside with it. The other nice thing is it remembers the last level it was set at, so you can use the inside switch to power off the LEDs and when switched back on it goes to the last setting and you'll only need the remote to change the level of output.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:09 PM   #14
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I just got around to doing this mod.

the ends of the shrink wrap around the module are open and you can see the circuit board, so I added some silicone caulk in there.



There is a track cover that when removed exposes and nice length of wire lead going to the LEDs. I off set the butt connectors so I could use a smaller diameter shrink wrap and fit them into the track.



All wired up.



Here you can see the smaller shrink wrap over the wires and connectors and then a larger size over the module and ends of the smaller shrink wraps.




Works great, remote not real strong so you have to be outside with it. The other nice thing is it remembers the last level it was set at, so you can use the inside switch to power off the LEDs and when switched back on it goes to the last setting and you'll only need the remote to change the level of output.
This is exactly what I'm working on. I just got "waterproof" butt splice connectors to use for mine. I put some flexible outdoor adhesive in the ends of the module and then put some heat shrink over that. My plan is to connect the module in much the same manner as you, and cover the whole thing with another layer of heat shrink.

I'm wondering though: how did you get it to sit in the channel? Did you put a couple spots of glue or silicone or something? Or did you just depend on the wire tension and let it hang up there. I will want to secure it so it doesn't move around.

Also, I don't have quite as much space as you do, so my install has to be much more compact... I'll put up some pics of my own whenever I get around to installing the final product.
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I wanted to use the but connectors I use on my jeep but ran out. They are heat shrink covers with solder and adhesive inside, but this was all I could find in the little town near where we are camping.

http://www.amazon.com/Shrink-Solder-...JWCN993670K90C

Tension holds, but I doubt it would driving. I cut the cover that was over the wires to into to two smaller pieces and put it over the wires and up to the module. sorry no pic of that. that cover snaps on the outside edge of the track. I did have to cut down the inside rails so that the cover was flat.

If that doesn't hold I'll use some adhesive.
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GREAT INFO. I went down the road already trying to use the resistor method. Then I learned about changing the pulse width...

I have a couple of similar applications to do here...

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Wouldn't it be easier to put this at the on/off switch behind the switch panel?
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Wouldn't it be easier to put this at the on/off switch behind the switch panel?
That has been tried and does not work, because the LED dimmer requires a PWM dimmer - not a rheostat - and also requires it be hooked up with only the ground wire from the LED strip. The switch in the switch panel shares a common ground with about 4 other switches. It was tried there and did not work. he explains that earlier in this thread.
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Wouldn't it be easier to put this at the on/off switch behind the switch panel?
Yes, but it won't work. The switch behind the panel uses a common ground. The dimmer works on "Pulse Width Modulation" or "PWM" which requires the dimmer switch to be wired directly to the pos and neg leads to the light. So you have to find the red and black wires that go directly to the light and wire your switch in that line somewhere. For my trailer, that's easily accomplished outside where there is some wire exposed before it runs into the trailer with the power awning leads.

Edit: Scoutr beat me to it!
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