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Old 10-21-2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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Grounding Clearance Lights

I am installing 4 new LED clearance lights on my 65 Ambie.It appears the old marker lights were attached with rivets.Should I be using aluminum screws to attach the lights,and when sealing the holes just seal on top and back of screw or rivet so not to interfere with grounding?
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:23 AM   #2
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I used stainless steel screws.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:19 AM   #3
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Don't bother to seal the screws they will self seal as they bottom out. As for the light fixture itself I only seal the top half allowing the bottom half to breath.

Aluminum screws will not hold up over time and if you had to remove them they would most likely brake off.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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Since you mention sealing the back of the screws, do you have the inside skins off? If yes, I'd ground to the closest rib and run the ground wire out through the same hole as the 12 volt wire. That's what I did on our refurb. I also used stainless screws, and sealed them when I installed them with a drop of vulkum in the hole, just like doing new Olympic rivets.

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Old 10-21-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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Since you mention sealing the back of the screws, do you have the inside skins off? If yes, I'd ground to the closest rib and run the ground wire out through the same hole as the 12 volt wire. That's what I did on our refurb. I also used stainless screws, and sealed them when I installed them with a drop of vulkum in the hole, just like doing new Olympic rivets.

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Thanks Chris, I am down to the shell,but I think my LED'S just have one wire.Steve
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Hi Steve,

Our new LED running lights had two. Probably a different model. Then the ground on yours must be via one of the screws, like the original running lights I took off. I would vulkum the back sides of the screws anyway. I did that on ours.

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My new lights had 2 wires. I grounded one wire to one of the mounting screws. I used a gob of butyl tape on each screw.

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Seal the top of the light - if you look at the bottom there is a slit for moisture to escape (at least my LEDs did). I used rivets (that is the way the old ones were attached) and a little dab of vulkum on the hole before attachment but screws should work too. I just prefer rivets. Good luck
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I used stainless screws w/ a dab of NO-OX to reduce corrosion potential between stainless screw and aluminum skin.

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Thanks guys.I bought LED clearance lights and when I got them out I notice there was just one wire.After taking the lens off to install I found 2 bulbs!Explains the one wire.
I'm going to take these back and get those,a dimmer for interior,and a new scare light from Dan Brown at LED 4 RV.com .I am sure he will get it right.Have heard lots of good feedback on his company.
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Don have any connection to Dan Brown but have done business with him several times and I could not be happier.
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