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Old 04-09-2016, 09:42 PM   #31
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Remember guys, LEDs use Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for dimming. Basically it's turning the light on and off rapidly at different frequencies so the human eye perceives only a dimming or brightening of the light.

This has a couple inherent implications: 1) virtually any LED can be dimmed with a PWM dimmer, and 2) the dimmer MUST be attached DIRECTLY to the red and black wires going to the light. Many (most) of the awning LED strips Jayco installs are controlled with a switch in the command center. This switch uses a "common ground" and is NOT connected directly to the light (the wires go to the main distribution panel to control a circuit that then goes out to one or more lights) PWM cannot work on a common ground circuit.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:47 PM   #32
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Hey guys, I need some help. I ordered 3 Mini LED Controller Dimmer with RF Wireless Remote Control DC 5~24V 12A from Amazon, due to the fail rate that everyone says in the reviews. I have tried all three dimmers and they all do the same thing.....the led lights on my camper come on with the switch in the camper but the remote does not work...it will not turn the lights off or try and dim them but nothing changes...I have tired everything I can think of, I even bought new batteries for the remotes....I made sure I had the direction and the +/- correct. I have tried all 3 dimmers and and they all do the same thing....I think the odds are that all three cant be bad??....am I missing something? I hate I cut my camper wire and now this is not working. Can anyone help me? Thank you!
Is the dimmer module wired DIRECTLY to the LED? And is the dimmer module properly oriented? How far away are you trying to operate the remote? Mine has a pretty short range (like 5 ft, maybe, if the sunspots are just right).

I also find it highly unlikely to have 3 failures, even on something as cheap as these dimmer sets.
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Old 04-09-2016, 10:11 PM   #33
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Hey guys, I need some help. I ordered 3 Mini LED Controller Dimmer with RF Wireless Remote Control DC 5~24V 12A from Amazon, due to the fail rate that everyone says in the reviews. I have tried all three dimmers and they all do the same thing.....the led lights on my camper come on with the switch in the camper but the remote does not work...it will not turn the lights off or try and dim them but nothing changes...I have tired everything I can think of, I even bought new batteries for the remotes....I made sure I had the direction and the +/- correct. I have tried all 3 dimmers and and they all do the same thing....I think the odds are that all three cant be bad??....am I missing something? I hate I cut my camper wire and now this is not working. Can anyone help me? Thank you!
The dimmer needs to be wired into both the positive and negative leads of the lights. If you pick any other negative lead but the one from the actual LED lights it will not work.

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:14 PM   #34
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Can't answer your question, but I have a question of my own when someone with one of these answers yours.
Every time the led strip is shut off with the trailer switch, does the dimmer have to be turned on again and redimmmed or does it have a memory of the last setting?
Yes, mine keep the memory.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. Camber_Bob, I installed the Dimmer just like you did...right by the LED factory strip. I used the fourm to order the dimmer and used the photos as a guide...I also read a lot before I did any work to make sure I did everything correct. I cut the Red/Black Wire where it comes outside of the camper and goes about 6 inches to the LED strip...I installed a waterproof project box...installed the dimmer in the box, when I turn the switch on in the camper the led's come on right away, I can hold the remote right next to the dimmer and Nothing ....not sure if it matters but I do not have the camper plugged in at the moment, just running it off the battery. Does that matter? Thanks again for all the suggestions and help with this.
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Hey guys, thanks for all the replies. Camber_Bob, I installed the Dimmer just like you did...right by the LED factory strip. I used the fourm to order the dimmer and used the photos as a guide...I also read a lot before I did any work to make sure I did everything correct. I cut the Red/Black Wire where it comes outside of the camper and goes about 6 inches to the LED strip...I installed a waterproof project box...installed the dimmer in the box, when I turn the switch on in the camper the led's come on right away, I can hold the remote right next to the dimmer and Nothing ....not sure if it matters but I do not have the camper plugged in at the moment, just running it off the battery. Does that matter? Thanks again for all the suggestions and help with this.
Well, I can't help you then. I'm sorry. Perhaps I'm wrong about ALL LEDs being able to dim, but once you understand the tech behind PWM, that seems difficult to accept. I'm no electronics whizz though.

If I were you, I would try to bench test the module(s) on another circuit. I have a few LEDs on my workbench from incomplete projects past (that I was able to dim using 2 different types of dimmer modules), and I also have a couple small 12V batteries (from alarm panels and power supply boxes and such), so it would be easy for me to bench test the modules. If you've got some of these things lying around, this might be a possibility for you?
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:07 AM   #37
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TY to all who have added info on this mod!!!

The big question I have at the moment, had anyone with a 32 BHDS found the awning light wires inside the camper? I would prefer if at all possible to add the dimmer inside, but will do what's needed.

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Tslarson. Just a little FYI. I installed the same dimmer as you. Bought it off Amazon. I just emailed the manufacturer and requested a spare remote. They seem pretty decent and are sending me one for free.
My current remote works fine but since it is kind of small I'm worried I'll lose it.
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This mod was well worth the $4 cost of the dimmer.
Now I can have the whole area lit up like the sun or dimmed down to a respectable campfire dimmed level. And it's not obnoxious if I leave it on all night.
I used the manual knob dimmer and installed it in the storage area for easy reach.

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TY to all who have added info on this mod!!!

The big question I have at the moment, had anyone with a 32 BHDS found the awning light wires inside the camper? I would prefer if at all possible to add the dimmer inside, but will do what's needed.

TY!!!
need-a-vacation...My wiring for the awning LED's was right inside the front storage compartment. If you open the passenger side storage it was at the very top to the left. I had almost given up until I accidently stumbled across the wiring one day. Good luck!
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