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Old 11-24-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Patio/Ramp Lightinhg

Spending the winter in Palm Beach area. Up at 5am., sitting on the patio enjoying the beautiful weather (a lot nicer than "home" in Chicago). Wondering if anyone mounted exterior lights on their deck. When the crank out awning is extended the work light is above it, so it does no good. It would be nice to have a little light out there. Waiting for one of you modification pros to do it and post a "lighting for idiots" post.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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I was looking at that just last week... but came to no conclusions. I'd want something permanent, that wouldn't have to be installed & removed every time the patio is deployed... and therein lies the problem.
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Old 11-24-2015, 02:25 PM   #3
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Exactly. I would like something like the LED lights under the side awnings. Even same color would be fine. Maybe a splice/continuation off of that? I'm waiting for you to figure it out. LOL
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Old 11-24-2015, 03:41 PM   #4
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The problem... at least as I see it... is the same as it was for adding LEDs on the side awnings for those of us who didn't have them: how to get power to them.

Placing the LED strip itself is easy. It could be placed on the bottom of the rail... or, since they are so thin, directly on the underside of the awning fabric itself. But how do you get power to them in such a way as to... one, be practical... two, be hidden... and three, not interfere with the mechanical working of the awning itself?

Another placement idea is to adhere an LED strip directly to the rig body, under the awning housing.

On my rig, there is a white trim piece installed directly under the awning... and then there is a ½ - ¾ inch gap between it and the top of the ramp door. The LED strip could be placed there... and a small hole could be drilled to run the wire back into the rig to pick up power and tied into a wall switch.

Of course, the light would then shine 'outward', away from the rig... but if the awning is deployed, the light would then be reflected from the underside of it to provide a 'glow' for the patio. The downside is that if you are sitting on the patio, looking back towards the interior of the RV... you'd be staring directly into the lights.

I've got other ideas I'm still thinking about... but the above seems the easiest (if not the best) so far.
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Hurry up and figure it out Tom! Then come south to Florida and "visit" me and do mine!
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Old 11-24-2015, 07:32 PM   #6
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Rusty, Tom,

What is the distance from your work light down to the awning?

One of those long thin drill bits might do the trick to get you up to the power at your work light.
A trick I learned when I installed a built in vacuum, an old metal coat hanger makes a great "drill" to locate the bottom plate on the wall. I was amazed at how quick it was getting through the floor. The nice thing was all I had to do to hide it was put a little caulk over the hole it made as it was slipping down behind the baseboard.
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About a 15" drop. Might be the way to go. Thanks.
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Ok, finally got back around to this little project this evening... here's a little teaser.

Before I did anything permanent, I wanted to see how it would look at night. Got a roll of adhesive-backed mini LEDs that I already had out, and cut a strip the width of the rear ramp opening. I then just taped them under the awning like I mentioned above, and plugged them in. The photo below shows that they'll definitely light the area:




As you can see, it's dark outside, and the patio is WELL lit. In fact, almost too well lit. I may cut the strip down to about half that size to see if it dims things a bit.

Here's a photo taken standing on the patio, looking back towards the rig. You can kinda see where I have the LED strip taped up above the door.

I'll take more photos tomorrow when I make the mounting permanent.

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It looks nice but it is bright........I agree maybe cut down on some lights- it might also keep some bugs away!
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If it's too bright, you could install one of these, about $8 at Amazon
LE® RF Dimmer for Single Color LED Strips, LED Ribbon, RF Dimmer for 12V DC LED Light Strips, 8A, Wireless Remote Control for All Dimmable 3528 5050 LED Strip
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o04_s00

I used one on the inside LED light strip I have inside the garage. Works well.
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