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Unread 10-28-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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adding lights to enclosed trailer

I was wondering if I could tap into the trailer rear lights to power a small LED strip of lights. This is for an enclosed work trailer and we tend to load early in the morning and unload late at night. It would be switched at the rear doors and would just tap off the running "rear" lights. they wouldn't be on during transport so it shouldn't affect the lighting while traveling. Anyone disagree?

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Unread 10-28-2012, 04:48 PM   #2
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Hard to get enough working light from LED's but if you can, it will work great.
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Unread 10-28-2012, 11:35 PM   #3
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It would mainly just illuminate a couple racks towards the front of the trailer. Once I get the project done ill post my findings
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Unread 10-29-2012, 04:48 AM   #4
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I think I would just use a couple of LED dome light mod kits.
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Unread 10-29-2012, 11:34 AM   #5
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For a few bucks you can get some stick on LED pod lights, the push on/off type. They run off of AAA batteries, light up the inside of my camper well enough. But other than that the power draw on an LED is really low, shouldn't have any issue running them into the tail-light circuit.
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Unread 11-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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LED technology really has come a long way recently. I've replaced the running lights on my boat trailer, the headlights in my Jeep, about half the lights in my house, my mountain bike headlight, several of my flashlights, etc... all with LEDs. The Jeep's new LED headlights are on par with the HIDs in my BMW. And you won't find a better bike headlight on the mountain bike trails than an LED, simply because they can run brighter and longer on a smaller battery pack. Same with the flashlights - the batteries in my Mag-Lite with the LED bulb last far longer, and it's approx. 30% brighter than my non-LED Mag-Lite.

LEDs draw far less power and provide comparable (or better) lighting to incandescent bulbs. They still cost more, but the prices have been coming down steadily.

If you do a google search, you can find replacement LED bulbs for just about any 12V RV fixture.

As far as tapping into the trailer's running light circuit - I doubt you'd have a problem, since LEDs draw so much less current.
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