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I have LED lights in the cabin of our van already. They run off the 12v batts that are charged by the solar panels on the roof. All good there.

What I want to do now is put a few LED light strips under our bed area, so that I can work on bikes or sort gear out the back doors.

My van has the 12v cigarette lighter plug near the back doors. I want to keep this as simple as possible, so I'm wondering if there's such a thing as an LED light strip with a cigarette lighter plug on the end? I haven't been successful in finding one yet, but thought someone here might have come across this already.

Any help appreciated.
 

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Mike,

Problem is that the rear lighter outlet is only on when the van is on (unless you rewired it).

You could tie into the cargo light power, but it goes out after a while. It might be worth running a 12V line from your aux battery to the back of the van... could be handy for a number of uses.

Easy enough to add a plug to the end of a LED strip... they are already 12V

... just found these: [ame]https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Ceiling-Trailer-Lorries-Sprinter/dp/B016KNZQ0E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1519678231&sr=8-4&keywords=led+cargo+lights[/ame]

They make up a 55" string but you can cut 'em to needed length.
 

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i haven't seen one, but it'd be easy enough to make one.

get yourself a led light strip that has a dc plug, get some adapters, and wire to whatever leftover cigarette power adapter you have laying around that can do ~5amps.

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07571JKPC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015OCV5XO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
 

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Mike,

Problem is that the rear lighter outlet is only on when the van is on (unless you rewired it).

You could tie into the cargo light power, but it goes out after a while. It might be worth running a 12V line from your aux battery to the back of the van... could be handy for a number of uses.

Easy enough to add a plug to the end of a LED strip... they are already 12V

... just found these: https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Cei...d=1519678231&sr=8-4&keywords=led+cargo+lights

They make up a 14' string but you can cut 'em to needed length.


I was thinking they'd stay on as long as the interior lights stayed on after shutting off the engine. Not so?
 

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Why fool around withe the cigarette lighter plug? Just wire them into your house batteries with a switch. Don't make things difficult for yourself ')
 

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Yep... you don't want to be back there doing something when the lighting dies out! 12V aux power is a better way to go. You control when it's on or off. Might even add a $3 dimmer!

The LEDs I suggested are cheap ($12) and easy to attach (with screws), and have wires attached so no soldering or adapters required... maybe a few wire nuts. The LED rolls are nice but harder to wire, and harder to mount... the self-stick tape isn't that strong....
 

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You mean like this?



That's a cheap 12v color strand from Amazon. Can be gotten here

[ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01KKC4S4Q/ref=ya_aw_oh_bia_dp?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]

It has a wireless remote that turns them on/off, changes the colors and dims the light. It is attached to the wall beside the right grip of the bike using Velcro so I have easy access. You can see in the picture the little infrared sensor for the remote. It comes with a little AC adapter. I just cut the wire with the end that connects to the controller and wired it directly to my 12v panel.

BTW, I went with color lights so I can use red and not mess up my night vision and pollute the campground with a lot of white light.

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I had the same need for a light under my bed, I ended up re-purposing the cargo LED lights and switch that my van came with. If you don't have this option you might be able to tap into the rear cargo light, but using the house battery will work too.

My setup was quite a bit of work as I had to move the switch from the C pillar and route wire to the D pillar. I've attached some pics showing the lights and the switch. What I like it that this switch has a built in 20 minute timer..

I couldn't load the pics without resizing them so here is the link to instagram post.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BV3O1bUDdCk/?taken-by=shaunbike
 
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