Help setting up lights

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:54
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I'm going to get some of these: to light up our camper trailer.

Was hoping some of you experts out might be able to tell me what extra bits I need to get to set up. I know I need switches, HELLA plugs and cable but I'm not sure about exactly what to be looking for and where.

Any assistance greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Travis22 - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 16:26

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 16:26

The lights look pretty simple and i assume are ready to work straight away on a 12V DC source.

All you need to power them is a power connection.

Do you have an/any axillary batteries in your camper trailer? If so you need simply wire up the LEDs to the battery. I doubt the current draw is such that any relays would be requires so just a bunch of twin core twin sheathed cable will do the trick... a fuse and a switch. You want the fused located nice and close to the supply - it is there to protect the cabling, protection from short circuits and overloading. If you have 20A cabling then this is the largest fuse you want, but if your lighting draws less, id just use the next size up fuse 2A, 5A, 7Amp etc...

Depending on the cable route / locations it might be advised to further insulate/ protect the cable with some flexible split conduit.

If you do not have any batteries directly on board the camper trailer then you need to run a supply across from your vehicle, or tap into any existing supply wires if they exist. Just be mindful of total loads and that you do not exceed the rating of the wiring in place.

All parts can be purchased at your local Autobarn, Supercrap, Bursons, Repco etc.

If you have no 'supply' in place (from your vehicle to the camper trailer) then it is a little more involved and id advise you a little differently if this is the case?

ie. Larger cables, plugs / sockets / fuses, maybe some sort of distribution block / fused db block with smaller switched feeds coming off it etc.

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Follow Up By: ajcooper - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 16:29

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 16:29

Thanks for your reply. I already have a battery in the trailer with four hella sockets distributed around the trailer (two at back, two at front).

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Follow Up By: Travis22 - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:21

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:21

I guess you have two options.

Hard wire some lighting in fixed locations OR

Make up some 'portable' lights.

Sounds like the portable lighting is the easiest option with a supply and sockets already in place... Becomes a simple task of adding some lengths of wire to the light fittings and terminating with a plug.

For portable wiring, id still suggest twin core twin sheathed cable. It wont need to be think but the twin sheathed stuff will offer you a good level of 'protection' and still be practical - easy to coil up and store. No need for split flex. conduits etc.


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Follow Up By: Travis22 - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:29

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:29
Thinking about it, i assume you want to make these lights 'portable'?

If so, i really wouldnt bother with switches etc... and i assume the sockets in place are already fused.

Simply make up the leads and terminate with a plug, when you want them on plug them in, off then unplug them.

IF you still want to switch them, i went to the ends of the earth trying to find a nice small 'inline' switch for my own portable camp light, in the end i found only one source having spent a day driving from shop to shop!!!

It was the caravan parts place in Dandenong Vic. CARAC?

If sure other stores must sell them, and surely somewhere online if you dont mind 'waiting' but i was about to give up on that day lol.


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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:46

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:46
Aidan, seeing you have no clue on electrics I would suggest get someone who knows what they are doing do it.

Not having a go at you some understand basic electrics and some don't, we see it often with DIYers thinking they will save money but in most cases we find they have used the wrong parts, in most cases haven't used a fuse, not used grommets where cable go through metal and twilled wires together sometime insulated and other times not.

I,m not against people doing it them selves as long as the understand the basics and do thing properly.

We had one customer come in where one of or techs refused to work on his 4wd due to the DIY wiring and how dangerous it was... we ended up spending 1/2 hour taping wires up for free just so it wouldn't catch on fire.

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Follow Up By: ajcooper - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:50

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 17:50
Thanks for that, I understand what you mean. I do have the basics, just wanted to know what others had put in place parts wise.

I've got the electric system in place already (had it installed when the trailer was installed), just need the lights!
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Reply By: Member - OnYaBike - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:07

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:07
What about these LED strip lights from the ExplorOz shop? They are in a narrow acrylic tube, and you can have white, yellow or both on.
They come in 50 and 90 cm lengths with double rocker switch, plenty of cable and cigarette lighter plug.
I bought a couple of 50 cm and ended up mounting one permanently under my ute canopy and the other can go under the tarp when camping or under my tinny canopy when night fishing.
They arrived 3 days after my order. Good old ExplorOz.
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Follow Up By: ajcooper - Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:11

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011 at 21:11
That's exactly what I need!

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