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Old 03-18-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Awning Lighting

I have been trying to find something that is a bit unusual for awning lighting. I also wanted something that I didn't have to take down every time I rolled the awning up due to high winds and such. A fellow worker and camper suggested this that he has on his TT. He said he is always getting asked about it. He says he put it on when he got it, and has never taken it off. He attached it to the tube that the awning rolls up on, not the awning itself. He has had it for a couple of years now. Do you think that it will damage the awning in leaving it on and rolling it up inside it? He is not a very experienced camper so I am not sure if his advice is the best. Take a look and tell me what you think. http://www.amazon.com/Lycheers-Chang...I32HU6V3PCSHUR
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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I have that light strip mounted to my awning tube. It works great. I have not noticed any damage or issue with the awning.

Go for it.
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I have these on my awning and love them. Although the color I chose from amazon was warm white with no color changing. I hardwired to 12V with a dimmer switch for more control on nights when I want enough light to see but not take away from the campfire.

It's nice not having to put up and take down lights all the time. The one thing I did was install a plug on the end of the lights so when it rolls up they unplug themselves. They need to be plugged in again in order to work.

Total cost was about $50.00 all in. The awning does not even notice them being there upon roll up. They are only about 1/8 of an inch deep and 3/8 wide.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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I have that light strip mounted to my awning tube. It works great. I have not noticed any damage or issue with the awning.

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I have these on my awning and love them. Although the color I chose from amazon was warm white with no color changing. I hardwired to 12V with a dimmer switch for more control on nights when I want enough light to see but not take away from the campfire.

It's nice not having to put up and take down lights all the time. The one thing I did was install a plug on the end of the lights so when it rolls up they unplug themselves. They need to be plugged in again in order to work.

Total cost was about $50.00 all in. The awning does not even notice them being there upon roll up. They are only about 1/8 of an inch deep and 3/8 wide.
Have you guys got pics on how you did this??
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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I couldn't find where it said if they were indoor/outdoor lights. Are they made for outdoor use?
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I wanted to install lights permanently to my new camper awning.

On my previous Sunnybrook I installed an 18' incandescent rope light on the awning using Awning Hook-Ups. They worked great and lasted for many years. I rolled them up in the awning. It stretched the vinyl fabric slightly, but never caused a hole or tear.

I bought an LED rope light at Wal-Mart that was supposed to be warm white. It was OK, but attracted bugs.

I read on another forum of a 16' weatherproof adhesive LED light strip. The guy claims he installed his 2 seasons ago and is working and sticking to the awning.

Following that lead I ordered the set he listed from Amazon for $39:
Amazon.com: Abco Tech®Waterproof 150 Color Changing SMD5050 LED Lighting Strip Kit RGB 16.4ft +44 Remote: Home Improvement

Similar products can be found on eBay for less.

Packaging is nice. The instructions are not.

The kit comes with a 12V control box with IR receiver. A 120V to 12V power supply, a remote control and 5m (16') of 5050 RGB Flash SMD LED with 3M adhesive backing.

I cleaned the awning tube per instructions with alcohol (rubbing not ethyl). The strip was EXACTLY the length of my awning tube, so no cutting was required. I pressed it down firmly, per instructions. And repeated several hours later. It appeared to adhere well. I secured both ends with zip ties.

Each end has a female plug, so the control box can be attached at either end. The 120v power supply plugs into the control box.

I remove the control box and power supply before retracting the awning. I can easily reach the plug with the awning deployed with a step stool. I have a Dometic 9500 electric awning.

The lights stay attached to the awning tube and roll up. The plugs just extend past the end of the awning and cause no interference to opening or closing.

I use the same light sensor I used with my old rope lights to turn the lights on at dusk and off at whatever time interval I wish they stay on.

The remote allows MANY different colors, fade, flash, dim, and a ton of things I'll never need. When on bright, they are bright! Dim is a soft glow. I can change to a yellow color if bugs are a problem.

So far, I've been impressed. Time will tell how they hold up. But for now, I'm a happy camper.

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Thank you sir!

That was very much appreciated, just what the doctor ordered!! And a very neat and clean installation too!
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Thank you sir!

That was very much appreciated, just what the doctor ordered!! And a very neat and clean installation too!
Loved the pictures so much I ordered a set of lights last night :-)
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BTW, can these be cut to length? My awning is 13' on my X23B.
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BTW, can these be cut to length? My awning is 13' on my X23B.
Yes, they can be cut. The strip is clearly marked where you can cut, about every 4 inches.
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