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Old 07-31-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Hack in to factory LED strip outside?

My 2nd set of those cheap-o LED strip lights ($25 off Amazon) have crapped out. I've had them on the top of the belt and they do ok for a while, but eventually, too much exposure to water/rain (and I suspect ice/snow in the winter) makes them give out.

So I was thinking about the way AS installs their all white LED strip under the awning near the very top of the trailer and then plugs it in using the wiring connection shown in the pic below to a switch and dimmer control.

Got me thinking - could I just run a strip of colored LEDs up there in that same location and splice or hack in to that cable to get both factory white and non-factory colored LEDs going at the same time?

The sets I've purchased however have a remote control that allows you to select multiple colors and intensity through an IR receiver. I'd have to figure out how to maintain that capability or I'd lose the multiple color options.

For now - I'm going to get a 3rd set and put them back on the top of the belt because I love it so much when it works 😀

I guess another option would be to pull out the silver plastic belt material and put the strip inside the belt itself. That would provide a little more protection than riding on top. It might be very cool if there were a CLEAR version of that belt material so I could install the LED strip and then the clear plastic cover over it all contained in the belt line.

What do folks think about making either of these options work?

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Old 08-01-2016, 06:34 PM   #2
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So you're waiting for me to do it and tell you if it worked, right? 😜
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:40 PM   #3
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Well you sound eager with ideas to try. Go for it. We keep our Bambi on the plain side.
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Ok - so change of plans. I went with the belt line again (will think about the upper awning over the winter...).

However - I posted in the "what did you get your trailer today) thread about how I prepared wiring to connect the LED strip to my battery and just now it dawned on me - there MUST be a way to connect it to the umbilical.

I used a male 7-pin adapter connected at 11:00 and 1:00 to plug in to the trailer's umbilical to run the clearance lights. Any idea on where I'd connect the +/- wires from the LED strip in to that assembly to power the strip? Would I use 11:00 and 1:00 for the strip too meaning both clearance and LED strip could be powered?

Thanks for any insight you can share on this!
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May be answering my own question-- in the pic below, the left side shows the outside view of the 7 blade connector. At 11:00 is the brown wire for clearance lights, and at 1:00 is the black wire for 12v power. It looks like at 7:00 is the 12v ground connection. So - I'm thinking, I've got the connector with 11:00 and 1:00 jumped together with a 10a fuse in the wire so that runs the clearance lights when plugged in to umbilical cord - if I also connected the positive from the LED strip to the 1:00 position and the negative from the LED strip to the 7:00 position - would that run both the clearance lights and LED strip?

Alternatively, if I wanted just the LED strip, would it be + to 1:00 and - to 7:00 by themselves?




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Yep if you jump the 11 to 1 then Connect led +from 1, and led - to 7 you'll get both running lights and your led strip.
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Excellent. Thank you!
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Success! It works perfectly! And - because the clearance lights have a 10a fuse in the circuit, if I don't want those I can just unplug the fuse. The LED strip has a remote that turns it off/on etc.

Psyched! 😀
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Thought I'd post a pic of the solution.

I have the clearance lights connected via a jumped wire with a 10a fuse in the circuit. And then I've added a female 12v cigarette adapter with the positive on 1:00 and the negative to 7:00 (12v ground). My LED strip terminates in the male 12v cigarette adapter which plugs in to the female adapter hanging off the umbilical. Since the clearance lights have the fuse in the circuit, if I want just the LED strip, I can pull the fuse.

Working great! Thanks for all the help figuring it out!


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