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Old 08-11-2015, 01:15 PM   #1
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Outdoor LED lighting

On my new X23B I found that I have one switch that powers my awning LED light strip as well as the orange covered light behind the steps. I'd like to put these lights on two separate switches. Has anyone attempted this? Thanks!
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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Same thing one the 23f I'm looking at the same thing but have not seen a mod. I'm thinking of adding a switch for the amber stair light off another 12v source and leave the led awing light as is. Anyone else tried anything.
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Old 08-14-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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I was in the same boat with my TT.

I put one of these dimmers in the track, right in front of the LED light strip. To waterproof the dimmer, I just filled the ends up with some automotive sealant, and then put some larger heatshrink tubing over the connection between the dimmer and LED strip, and smaller heatshrink over the solder connections on the right side. To make room for the dimmer, I needed to trim/shorten the cover strip a little. With the way I cut it, it holds down the front of the dimmer so the whole thing is sitting securely wedged in the track. It's survived some pretty good rain, a week at the beach and about 500 miles of highway driving so far. The remote lives attached to the door of the control panel with velcro.

These dimmers won't work at the switch end of the circuit because it requires a dedicated ground, and the awning/porch light control has a shared ground. The dimmer works using PWM (pulse width modulation), basically by turning on/off the negative/ground line very rapidly - more off than on for dim, more on than off for bright. With the shared ground in the mix, you need to get it on the LED side of the connection where the grounds meet up. In my case, the ground for the LED strip meets up with the awning control where they come through the sidewall, which is about 16" to the right of where the dimmer is. That's why I chose to place it where I did.

When we set up camp, the switch awning/step light switch goes on and says on. If we need the awning LEDs, the remote turns them on/off. The dimmer also remembers what the last setting was. On its dimmest setting, it provides something similar to medium to full moonlight. If I ever find myself in a position where I want to annoy the neighbors or I'm hosting a rave , I have all of the various flashing settings to use at full power.

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Old 08-17-2015, 03:59 PM   #4
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Is it as easy as cutting the red and black wires and inserting this between and connect the red to red on each end and black to black?
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Old 08-17-2015, 04:25 PM   #5
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Just a thought, but why not pull the switch from inside the trailer, disconnect which ever one you prefer from that switch, and then just install a second indoor switch? I would think this would be the cleanest option, and fairly easy to do depending on the switch location.
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I was in the same boat with my TT.

I put one of these dimmers in the track, right in front of the LED light strip. To waterproof the dimmer, I just filled the ends up with some automotive sealant, and then put some larger heatshrink tubing over the connection between the dimmer and LED strip, and smaller heatshrink over the solder connections on the right side. To make room for the dimmer, I needed to trim/shorten the cover strip a little. With the way I cut it, it holds down the front of the dimmer so the whole thing is sitting securely wedged in the track. It's survived some pretty good rain, a week at the beach and about 500 miles of highway driving so far. The remote lives attached to the door of the control panel with velcro.

These dimmers won't work at the switch end of the circuit because it requires a dedicated ground, and the awning/porch light control has a shared ground. The dimmer works using PWM (pulse width modulation), basically by turning on/off the negative/ground line very rapidly - more off than on for dim, more on than off for bright. With the shared ground in the mix, you need to get it on the LED side of the connection where the grounds meet up. In my case, the ground for the LED strip meets up with the awning control where they come through the sidewall, which is about 16" to the right of where the dimmer is. That's why I chose to place it where I did.

When we set up camp, the switch awning/step light switch goes on and says on. If we need the awning LEDs, the remote turns them on/off. The dimmer also remembers what the last setting was. On its dimmest setting, it provides something similar to medium to full moonlight. If I ever find myself in a position where I want to annoy the neighbors or I'm hosting a rave , I have all of the various flashing settings to use at full power.

I did this same mod on my trailer recently, and I love it. Though mine isn't quite as clean as Dusty's.

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Is it as easy as cutting the red and black wires and inserting this between and connect the red to red on each end and black to black?
Yup, it's that easy. Just make sure you have the dimmer module faced the right way. It is specific to which end connects to the light and which end connects to the 12V source.

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Just a thought, but why not pull the switch from inside the trailer, disconnect which ever one you prefer from that switch, and then just install a second indoor switch? I would think this would be the cleanest option, and fairly easy to do depending on the switch location.
The dimmer module Dusty and I installed is actually FAR easier than fishing through the mess of wires, and then having to route another set of wires up to a switch in the box. In my case, that would be a monster project. Clipping 4 wires and putting this little module in line was WAY easier, albeit maybe not QUITE as clean, but still not bad at all. AND you get the added benefit of being able to dim that ridiculously bright awning light.
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Old 08-17-2015, 05:12 PM   #7
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My awning light wire runs down the awning support then enters the trailer at the bottom. It has a guard/cover towards the bottom. Couldn't I splice it there? Then not have to worry about the track and being super neat?

Was gonna post pic but I guess it has to have a webpage host it.
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That sounds like it would work as long as the wires go straight to the LED strip and aren't joined to any other wires.

The only other gotcha is making sure not to wire it backwards (direction or polarity). The label on the dimmer module is pretty clear about which end connects to the LED strip and the +/-, so that's actually somewhat hard to mess up as long as you're paying attention.
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See if this pic works.
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See if this pic works.
I'm gonna say that if those red and black go to your awning light, you're good to go, and you got it easy. Look at it this way, if you mess something up, you can always just butt splice it back the way it was, but it's really easy.

On mine, I didn't have very much exposed wire to work with, and it was way up at the top of the awning where it connects to the side of the trailer. So once I got the dimmer module spliced in, I had a bit of a "wad" that I needed to tuck away somehow. My solution was to cut a small hole in the track that the LED strip rides in and zip-tie the whole mess up in there. Not nearly as elegant an install as Dusty... But it works, and that's what's important.
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