Outdoor LED lighting needed for Jayco Eagle

Submitted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 07:45
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I'm looking for a portable outdoor LED lighting bar that can be plugged into the 240v socket outside the eagle. I intend to hand it underneath the awning but so far I have only been able to find the strip lighting kits which require a cigarette lighter socket.

Has anyone seen a LED light bar that could be hung underneath the awning which can be plugged into the outdoor power socket.

Thanx Shayne
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Reply By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:07

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:07
Sounds dangerous, fit a external 12V socket and use a 12V LED lamp.

Regards

Derek from ABR
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Follow Up By: Shayne M - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:11

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:11
Might have to look at doing that. Just thought there might be a light that could be plugged directly into the outdoor power socket.
Thanx
Shayne
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Follow Up By: ABR - SIDEWINDER - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:14

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 08:14
The safest 240V lead lamp would be a mechanics workshop lamp, available from repco.

Regards

ABR

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Follow Up By: BOXHD - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 16:33

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 16:33
hi Shane take a look at korr lighting site they have a led bar system for camping i have got one and they are unreal and use bugger all power to run them as well as dimmers so u don't need to have them all on they come in a carry case as well very good

Cheers box
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Reply By: KenInPerth - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 10:44

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 10:44
Shayne

I stress here before the following option that you need to know the power rating of the LED bar (as in 12V and how many Amps ?? Amps can be derived from Watts divided by 12 in a 12V system) and allow a little bit of safety margin for the power supply (as in higher rated CONTINUOUS output Amps or Watts @ 12V - not peak or short duration ratings as some may show to trap the unwary).

Depending on the power rating of the bar you intend to use, you could always get a 240V AC / 12V DC power supply and put a 12V cigar socket on the end of that to plug the LED bar into. Unfortunately this means you need to carry another bit of gear (the power supply). Some common (older) laptop 12V power supplies are good for about 3.5 Amps at 12V which gives you about 40Watts to play with (and are not too bulky). I probably have a few laying around gathering dust if you want one.

You can get low cost ($15 to $20) high current 12V @ 5A , 10A, 20A power supplies (60Watt, 120Watt, 240Watt) but these do require wiring up with 240V (and can still be portable) so not something I would promote unless you are an electrician or get it done professionally in which case you would probably make it a fixed installation and wire in a permanent 12V outlet as well for other uses.

The mechanics LED lamp may be an easier less fuss option as suggested by Derek.

Ken

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Reply By: Caravan & RV World - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 11:39

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 11:39
Hi Shayne,

If you are looking for a strip light the best and safest way is to install an external 12v plug:

http://www.caravanandrvworld.com.au/electrical-generators-and-solar/electrical-components/Surface-Mount-Accessory-Cigarette-Socket

Alternatively a lot of people are now opting for this affordable and very effective option (you can mount it anywhere under your awning due to its light weight design):

http://www.caravanandrvworld.com.au/specials/luma-gear-battery-powered-led-camping-lantern

All the best,
C&RVW
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Reply By: steved58 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 11:44

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 11:44
Bunnings have led strip lighting in 240v I hang mine right around the annex its waterproof and come in various lenghts up to 20 metre
Steve

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Follow Up By: steved58 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 19:47

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 19:47
Try this its what I use when on powered sites 12 volt strips I use free camping They great if you have power

ledvrope light
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 14:28

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 14:28
I would agree with the comments above with regards to choosing a 12v version, this way you could also run it off 12 volts from the Jayco if needed. Given the lower power consumption they are handy forms of lighting when you don't have 240V.
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Reply By: Keith H7 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 17:12

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 17:12
I found a 240v LED Submersible Fish tank light on EBAY.
This one is BLUE.. but you can get them in White.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/57-LED-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Bar-Submersible-Waterproof-Light-Lamp-Blue-100-240V-/300792239015?_trksid=p2047675.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D11%26meid%3D7484164562535300210%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D1005%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D111048529301%26

I am not sure why everyone is saying having 240v outside. If it is dangerous why do they put the 240v outlet on the outside of caravans? Just make sure you have a Earth Leakage switch in your fan...
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Follow Up By: Keith H7 - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 17:13

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 17:13
Just make sure you have a Earth Leakage switch in your VAN.... oops sorry
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Reply By: Shayne M - Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 19:49

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 19:49
Thank you all very much for taking the time to post these awesome replies. It's much appreciated. I will check out all the links and take your comments into consideration. I can't believe how much information you guys provided in this thread. Although I have read posts on this site many times, this is the first time I have asked for assistance. What an amazing site this it.

Thank You all again and happy camping/caravanning
Shayne
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