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Old 09-27-2014, 11:15 AM   #29
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Dimmer Update

I was just in Lowe's, where I purchased the rope lighting, and inquired about dimmers for plug in LED's. It was too easy. Until it gets hard-wired, there's a simple solution.

Although the packaging mentions that the dimmer only works on dimmer-compatible lamps, it successfully worked on the rope lights. Note the 5ft run from the plug, so the dimmer switch can be tucked in a dry, safe location while in camp and can be placed in an easier-to-access location than the extension cord's receptacle.
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:39 AM   #30
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Note that the package sez: "For Dimmable CFL (i.e.,compact fluorescent lights) and LED Bulbs"

For most LED's, the OFF to full ON range is usually about 3.5-5 volts and many common dimmers will not work with them. The good thing about buying it at Lowes is that you can always just take it back, not so with many on-line purchases.
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:59 PM   #31
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The good thing about buying it at Lowes is that you can always just take it back, not so with many on-line purchases.
Thanks Bob. That's why I have no fear in buying and testing. Walmart also has an excellent return policy on their sewing machines, thus how my Scamp got new custom curtains!
I love excellent return policies. I'll keep the dimmer for the cost.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:41 PM   #32
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I have a continuous curtain track on the 3 sides of the Dinette/Bed in my Hunter. I recently added a string of about 128 white, stick-on, exterior, 12 VDC, LED's to help light up the night. It is a bit of overkill, but they were free to me, so what the heck.
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I use a pretty heavy-duty timer for my sticks 'n bricks Christmas lights. I've used it for the rope lights when using them for my trailer.

Thanks for the rememberer.. I've got the Fall NOG coming up. I'm going to take the rope lights (and timer) to the gathering. I'll put them under the trailer and light up my site!

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What a great idea. I have been looking on ebay for led rope lights, but they are all listed as 110v. Where do you look on the ebay add to see if they are 12vdc compatible? Thanks guys




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The strip I used on the curtain rail was a "Carefree Awning LED Roller Lighting Kit" but it is about $80 if you have to buy it.

In the eBay search window enter "12 volt LED strip lights" or "12 volt LED Rope Lights", you will get 100's of listings.

But, if you want to use them outside, be sure to confirm with the seller that they are for exterior use. It's also a plus if they use 3M surface mounting tape.
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