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Old 08-12-2013, 08:42 PM   #391
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Mine are officially dead after installing them in May. About 1/3 of them are dead and none of the colors are right. I noticed a lot of condensation in the tube the month after I installed them and some of the red were not working. When I took the trailer out this weekend the others were dead. I was thinking of buying another set and caulking the ends but I may just be throwing my money away. Anyone having better luck with theirs?
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:19 PM   #392
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Re: Awning Lighting

Mine are doing the same thing. I can't believe how much moisture builds up when the awning is rolled up. Probably pulling them off on our next trip. I think I will try installing them under the awning channel/gutter like the do from the factory now. The guys that went that route seem to be having better luck.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #393
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That's where mine are, I installed them in may and they are still working

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I think I will try installing them under the awning channel/gutter like the do from the factory now. The guys that went that route seem to be having better luck.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:32 AM   #394
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Mine are officially dead after installing them in May. About 1/3 of them are dead and none of the colors are right. I noticed a lot of condensation in the tube the month after I installed them and some of the red were not working. When I took the trailer out this weekend the others were dead. I was thinking of buying another set and caulking the ends but I may just be throwing my money away. Anyone having better luck with theirs?
Mine died after a month on my tube (see my earlier post w/pics in this thread) with the ends covered in liquid electrical tape. Since they died so soon I was able to get a replacement set from the Amazon vendor, and I mounted that set under the awning channel/gutter and have had no more problems for the past 3 months.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:02 AM   #395
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My set that I installed on the awning tube quit working relatively quickly last year, but I attributed it to me bending on of the cut joints. This May I installed a set on the side of the camper under the awning and they are still working great. We just returned from camping at our county fair and I ran them for 8 days straight without any issues.
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I installed them on my trailer and my brothers in April this year... Both strips still working all colors. We did however seal our ends with silicone sealant. No water inside.


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Are the people having issues using the waterproof version of the light strips? I have the waterproof ones and do not know how water would get in as the entire strip is a plasticky or gell filled strip with the circuitry embedded in it. There is not where for moisture to enter or collect.
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I have the waterproof set attached to the awning and also have multiple failed LEDs. I cut the set to lenght and didn't silicone the ends which may have let moisture in and killed some of the lights prematurely. My lights also stick to the awning and I have to pry the set away every time I put up the awning which may have broken some of the thin wires in the tube. I'm tossing the set at the end of the season but will probably by another to mount on the side of the trailer. I'll probably save the receiver and remote as a spare since they don't seem to last long either.
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Are the people having issues using the waterproof version of the light strips? I have the waterproof ones and do not know how water would get in as the entire strip is a plasticky or gell filled strip with the circuitry embedded in it. There is not where for moisture to enter or collect.
Mine are the waterproof ones and are mounted to the tube. I am not sure how the moisture is getting in... Maybe I can tell when I take them off. The good thing is that the power supply and extension cable are still in great shape. Replacing the light strip only will be pretty cheap.
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Are the people having issues using the waterproof version of the light strips? I have the waterproof ones and do not know how water would get in as the entire strip is a plasticky or gell filled strip with the circuitry embedded in it. There is not where for moisture to enter or collect.
My set that failed were the waterproof ones. The water was getting in between the "circuit board" and the plasticy strip. Here's a picture of the set I took off. Click image for larger version

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You can see all the corrosion on everything under the "waterproof" coating. They are only rated IP65 (6=Totally protected against dust ingress & 5= Protected against low pressure water jets from any direction. Limited ingress permitted.) and made in China, so I think that, depending on the environment in the area the camper is stored in, the awning can hold more water than the strips can stand to be subjected to.
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