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Old 05-02-2018, 04:15 PM   #10
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Windsport 27K
State: Oregon
Posts: 123
THOR #7634
Phase2: Wall Slide Strip Light

When Planning the lighting upgrades I noticed when the "decorative wood picture frame" on the full wall slide on our Windsport 27K had a bit of a lip along the top behind the wood frame. About 3/4" wide and about 1/4" below the top of the wood frame. Perfect for a LED strip light. This mod/upgrade turned out to be the most difficult, but rewarding.

Now, how to bring power up there to the strip? I finally decided the best option would be up from the slide out pantry drawer between the refrigerator and the bedroom wall. To accomplish this I needed to remove the pantry drawer. I documented this ordeal in another thread here.

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I planned on using another ATC AH-SLD1-5-HS001 dimmer/switch to control the led strip. These require a ground wire and a 12VDC power source. I decided to tap into a ground wire on the backside of the refridgerator and feed it into the pantry drawer cavity.

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By carefully measuring I was able to drill a hole in the ceiling of the pantry cabinet and come up just behind the slide wall to feed power/ground to the LED strip.

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I used denatured alcohol and a rag to clean off the ledge where the LED strip would attach with its adhesive strip on the bottom. I cut the strip to length, soldered the power/ground wires to one end and laid it out on the ledge.

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I used a crimp T-Tap to "steal" 12VDC power from the bedroom light switch.

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I placed the switch/dimmer on the upper wall of the bedroom and cut out a hole with the Dremel Multi-Tool

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Now I have a easy to reach switch/dimmer on the bedroom wall to control the LED strip light.

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Here is the result, it really makes nice pleasant accent light to the living area and looks pretty "high end". Best upgrade so far.

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Tom & Ellen
NE Oregon
"The Tipsy Whale"
2015 Thor Windsport 27K
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