How hook up 12v ribbon LED lights in RV

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by obwannuke, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. obwannuke

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    I have just wired my wife's kitchen with 12V ribbon LED lights.
    You have to use a 12v transformer to hook up to house wiring.
    So I get the great idea to try this on the RV I am building
    So I take a left over 12 inch section hook up a connector and pop the hood and touch to the battery terminals and.......nothin

    So what am I missing? I'd love to order these 16 foot rolls cheap from Amazon rather than pay some automotive site $60 for something already wired. I'm sure it's something easy and inexpensive. I just don't know what it is
     
  2. theHOFIT

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    What do you get from that transformer ... AC or DC?
     
  3. obwannuke

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    Jan 20, 2013
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    120V AC house current in 12V DC out
    That's why I'm thinking 12v automotive voltage ought to work.
    I don't know squat about electricity
    just enough to be dangerious but dumb enough to try to do it myself
    I'm not sure if I need some sort of 12v from van into some sort of whatever to give me some sort of constant for the LED ribbon
     
  4. theHOFIT

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    Assuming that you've got the polarity the right way around, they should work (they usually don't need any resistors or such) ... unless you've accidentally cut through a wire?

    Many have a gold and a silver wire. Silver is usually looking for +12 VDC, and gold goes to ground (negative). But you should be OK swapping over (if need be) just for testing.
     
  5. Metalmann

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    Did you buy the 3528s or the 5050s?
     
  6. obwannuke

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    3528 cool white for under the cabinets as work lights and spots from the ceiling also shining onto the workspace, warm white for above cabinet lighting, more a night light or mood lighting. Everything worked great in the kitchen. Running 3 separately powered circuits with 3 different 120 to 12v transformers.

    I figure I probably need something from the 12v auto wiring to ensure I am getting proper voltage or current or whatever to the LED ribbon
     
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