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Old 02-26-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Updated: Anyone use LED Ribbon Light?

Wonder if any of you have experience using LED Rope light?

I have a scout box trailer (6x10) that we need to light up. I am thinking about doing some like this. It has double stick tape and I would run it across the ceiling ribs (5 of them).

Probably put a 7.5ah lead acid battery along with a 5 watt solar charger/maintainer. I figure since we only use it once a month that little panel should be able to charge that battery up between campouts...see any issue with that? Other lighting suggestions?
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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I have not used it, but very interested in trying it.

It would be great to permanently install on the awning. Currently, I have conventional rope lights permanently installed on my awning. I roll them up with the rope light attached. I've done this for many years, but the LED's would be a much slicker install.

Thanks for the link and tip.
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They work very well. I had some installed on my 19BH on the frame. They make great light.

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https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=4228
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:44 PM   #4
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Wow, those lights under the trailer look really good.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:37 AM   #5
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Looks like it would work fine.

Just wondering, if one LED goes out does it effect any of the other LED's?

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I have not used them but I went to the RV show in Milwaukee this past weekend and some of the manufactors are installing them on some of the 5th wheels under cabinets. It looks like a black light.
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Looks like it would work fine.

Just wondering, if one LED goes out does it effect any of the other LED's?

Bob
thanks for all the comments. I picked up two rolls of 16 foot led ribbon, battery, dimmer, and solar charger for $100 -- thought that was pretty good. I have enough wire and stuff in my junk box for the rest. We will see how it turns out - hopefully it will be so bright in there you can hardly see. The battery should last a few hours - which is way more than needed.

As far as one going out impacting the string - it should not. They are wired in parallel in groups of three if I understand it right -- so no more than 3 should go out. You can cut it and adjust the length so worst case you patch a new piece in.

Will post an update/pics when I get it all installed over the next few weeks (I hope!)

Any other suggestions welcome.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:45 AM   #8
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As far as one going out impacting the string - it should not. They are wired in parallel in groups of three if I understand it right -- so no more than 3 should go out.....snip
That's good, it's the same with the LED light boards that I installed in my TT..., one LED failure only takes out three.

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Realized I never posted a follow up to this.

First of all - those LED ribbon lights are just amazing! What a huge difference they have made for the boys when they go on a camping trip.

So I ended up installing two of the 16 foot spools (600 LEDs). I divided the spools in thirds and ran 6 strips across the ribs. Put in a dimmer switch, a 7.5 ah battery and a 5 watt solar charger. It is on its second campout today and it is working great - they have had it on for over 2 hours straight and it is still going strong. It is charing no problem during the off time and is zero maintenance except for wiping the pollen off the solar cell. I am going to also add a cigarette plug as well so the leaders can charge cell phones if needed.

Total investment is $95.


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