Basic Under-Glow LED Light Kit
For RVs, Campers and Trailers
This Boogey Lights® Under-Glow light kit is our basic Under-Glow LED light kit. It's as simple as they come. It is designed to attach to the bottom of an RV, trailer or camper: one led strip on each side of the RV. The kit can be expanded if desired using our ADD-ON LED light strips.
If you're looking for full-perimeter (all four sides) under-glow and/or the measurements of the LED strip segments included in this kit do not fit your RV, we suggest taking a look at our FULL-PERIMETER RV UNDER-GLOW LED LIGHT KIT or our BUILD YOU OWN UNDER-GLOW LED LIGHT KIT. The Full-Perimeter RV Under-Glow LED Light Kit can be easily ordered for just about any Class A, B, C, Fifth Wheel or Travel Trailer that's manufactured for sale in the United States. If you want a true custom fit light kit, our Build Your Own Kit gives you the ability to order the LED strip lengths and numbers you want to fit your specific RV.
This kit is available in eight single color options and three multi-color (RGB, RGBW, RGBA) configurations. You can view these color options by clicking on the LED COLOR options drop down box.
This kit offers both single zone and dual zone LED controller options. For the budget conscious, our SUPER 900 LED GEN1 Single Zone Controller is the most economical assuming you don't anticipate adding on to your under-glow system. For the most features, power, capacity and flexibility, our GEN2 HEAVY DUTY DUAL ZONE LED controller is the way to go. Regardless of which controller you choose, they all are our COMBO Bluetooth + RF controllers which can be operated via the included RF wireless hand-held remote or Bluetooth integration using your smartphone and our free APP (IOS / Android available.) More detail on these controller options can be viewed under the CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION drop down box.
The default configuration includes two (2) LED light strips. Each LED strip is 16 feet long and contains 300 super bright hi-intensity 5050 tri-chip LEDs (each LED has three diodes). There are additional configuration options available which provide other LED length combinations. You can view these other configurations by clicking on the KIT CONFIGURATION drop down box shown on this product page.
Before ordering we urge customers to take the time to carefully review the product page information presented here as well as the other the navigation tabs offered on this product page. Yes, we realize there is a lot of information to read. We wish it was simpler too. Unfortunately, it's the only way to make sure customers have all the information they need to make an informed, educated decision. These are not plug-n-play systems. Nor are they one size fits all. There are a lot of ways this under-glow kit can be installed and configured; much of which depends on your personal preferences, how you intend to use the system and your specific RV. There are no standards when it comes to RVs. Even the same makes/models will have different measurements and available mounting locations. For this reason we strongly suggest taking the time to first examine the bottom of your RV for the areas you want to light up and then, measure those available LED mounting locations. When taking those measurements it's important the LED strip be mounted flat against a single contiguous mounting surface and in a straight line (the led strip cannot bend around corners or be bent on a horizontal plane). The entire strip must be stuck to the mounting surface and not span across mounting surfaces. If you don't have a smooth, flat, contiguous mounting surface we suggest riveting or screwing 1.5" wide plastic or aluminum flat stock to the surface and then mount the LED strip to that flat stock. You'll find details about all of these options and issues on the CONFIG and INSTALL tab of this product page.
LED Color: Select the LED color you want from the drop down box. There are 8 possible single color options (Red, Green, Blue, White, Orange, Amber, Pink, Magenta/Hot Purple) and three multi-color options (RGB, RGBW, RGBA). Selecting the LED color option drop down will adjust the available options you can select based on your color selection. See CONFIG tab for more detail on the multi-color options.
Controller Configuration: Select the type of GEN2 LED CONTROLLER combination you want from the drop down. There are three for single color and three for multi-color. See CONFIG tab for more details on these options.
Kit Configuration: Select the LED strip lengths from the drop down. The default is two 16' LED strips each with a 15' power lead. See CONFIG tab for more details on these options.
Optional - Add Feeder Cable: You can add 18awg feeder cable to your order if you'd like. See CONFIG tab for more detail on this option.
Optional - Add Power Converter: Boogey Lights LED lighting systems are native 12vdc systems. As long as you have 12vdc power available, that's all you need. Some folks however prefer to use 120vac because it might be more easily accessible in their RV. If so, we offer a 10AMP and 20AMP AC to DC power converter. Make your selection from the drop down box.
Optional - Add Extra 3M Adhesion Primer: All of our lighting kits come with 3M adhesion primer sufficient to do the installation. Some folks however prefer to order extra; just in case.
Optional - Pre-Built LED Control Center: We offer the option of pre-building the LED Control Center with your order. These LED Control Centers make for a professional looking installation. Also makes the installation a little easier for DIYers since the controller wiring is neatly organized and easily identifiable. It's also a huge time saver. Can easily save two hours (or more) when doing a typical installation. More details on this option are below.
COLOR OPTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
This light kit is offered in eight single color options and in three multi-color configurations: RGB, RGBW (RGB + warm white) and RGBA (RGB + amber). For the single color options the LED controller wireless RF remote will give you the ability to turn the LEDs on/off as well as dim, flash, strobe and breath (and change the speed at which those features work). With the bluetooth APP, you can perform these same functions as well as save presets. For the multi-color options, you have the same capabilities however the feature set is significantly expanded since you also have the ability to change/adjust/tweak the colors you want to display. With the included RF wireless remote you can change between 7 pre-set colors (Red, Green, Blue, White, Light Blue, Lime Green/Yellow, Hot Pink/Purple) and functions of on/off, blending, strobing, breathing, flashing, fading and dimming. You can also use your Bluetooth enabled smart phone to create a custom look. The Bluetooth APP allows you to program the RGB diodes of any of our RGB, RGBW and RGBA strips with over 16 million different color combinations plus three pre-sets. Also, the Bluetooth APP offers 2 and 3 color rotation programming. Click the APP navigation tab on this product page for significantly more information on both the Bluetooth capabilities and APP functionality (including a video showing how the Bluetooth APP works).
RGBW: On the RGBW led strip, in addition to RGB, you get one extra diode which is Warm White. That warm white diode has a Kelvin temperature of 2400 which means it has a yellowish look giving it a warmer, softer, candle like look (see photo below). That fourth diode on the RGBW led strip can be wired directly to our GEN2 LED Controller which supports RGBx LEDs. As an option, you could also wire that fourth diode to a completely separate on/off switch. Your choice. You could also use the Quick-Switch feature with this fourth diode too.
RGBA: On the RGBA led strip, in addition to RGB, you get one extra diode which is AMBER. That fourth diode on the RGBA led strip can be wired directly to our GEN2 LED Controller which supports RGBx LEDs. As an option, you could also wire that fourth diode to a completely separate on/off switch. Your choice. You could also use the Quick-Switch feature with this fourth diode too.
SINGLE ZONE OR DUAL ZONE?
This kit offers both SINGLE ZONE and DUAL ZONE controller options. As the names suggest, a Single Zone controller has just one single lighting zone. All LEDs wired to the controller are on one zone. Whatever color or feature set you apply will be what you get on all leds. Pretty simple. With our Dual Zone controller, you can set up and operate two distinct lighting zones which can be operated and controlled individually or together. Many customers will install their full-perimeter under-glow system such that ZONE 1 controls the drivers side under-glow lights and ZONE 2 controls the front, rear and passenger's side under-glow lights. Why? If you find yourself camping in crowded campgrounds there may be situations where you want to turn off the driver's side under-glow lights (which faces the campers next to you) but leave the front, rear and passenger's side under-glow lights on. Of course there are other reasons too. Some customers will use ZONE 1 for the entire under-glow system and ZONE 2 for their awning (or slide out) lighting. Previously this type of configuration would require two different controllers. The point is that with the Duty Dual Zone LED Controller you have more flexibility as to how you want to control your Boogey Lights. On a Dual Zone controller each lighting zone is capable of supporting up to 1500 LEDs for a total of 3000 LEDs. It will work with your Android® or iOS® Smartphone. It will also work with the included M7 Style RF wireless remote. Details on both the GEN1 and GEN2 LED controller features are below.
BOOGEY LIGHTS® LIGHTING SYSTEMS
This light kit is based on our popular high performance LOW PROFILE LED light strips. Details about these LED strips can be found by clicking on the button below OR by clicking on the SPECS navigation tab appearing on this product page. If you want to know what makes Boogey Lights® LED lighting products different than any other lighting system out there, check out this link: WHY BOOGEY LIGHTS .
LED CONTROLLERS: GEN1 vs GEN2
Our first generation (GEN1) of Bluetooth LED Controllers were introduced in 2015. We introduced our second generation (GEN2) of Bluetooth LED Controllers in June 2023. This product only offers our GEN2 controller. These GEN2 controllers have all the features and capabilities of the GEN1 controllers but with some additional add ons. For example, the GEN2 controllers can power Single Color, RGB, RGBA, RGBW and RGBWW LED strips whereas GEN1 were designed solely for Single Color and RGB. Regardless of the Controller Generation, with any Boogey Lights® BLUETOOTH LED controller you can control your Boogey Lights® with your Bluetooth enabled Android or IOS smartphone along with our FREE app (requires a different APP; one for each generation). The RGB versions of these high-tech controllers are capable of displaying 16 million different color combinations. The GEN2 RGBx version can display even more color combinations depending on the type of LED strips connected to them. In addition, lighting effects on the Bluetooth controller are significantly more controllable in terms of speed and intensity. Each color and lighting effect is controlled by "sliders" or a color square on your smartphone screen so you can adjust the speed and intensity to get the lighting the way you want it. All Bluetooth Combo LED controllers include a wireless RF remote control allowing for quick on/off of the LED controller along with controlling basic color changing and brightness settings with the press of a button. For more information including a list of the features and capabilities of each generation, click the more information button below.
USING THE QUICK-SWITCH FEATURE
The Quick Switch feature is available on our GEN2 SUPER, HD SINGLE ZONE and HD DUAL ZONE LED Controllers. Whatever color LED you have connected to the GREY output wire of the GEN2 Controller is the color that will display when the Quick Switch is triggered with 12vdc +. The most common use for this configuration is with commercial vehicles who want to be able to instantly turn off whatever color they're running and turn on a DOT compliant AMBER which is on our RGBA LED strips. For these installations, the yellow trigger wire is connected to a toggle switch or other wireless switch that activates the AMBER leds. You can also do the same thing with the RGBW product. When the Quick Switch trigger wire is not energized, the LED controller operates the RGBxx diodes normally.
PRE-BUILT LED CONTROL CENTER (OPTIONAL)
We offer the option of pre-building the LED Control Center with your order. These LED Control Centers make for a professional looking installation. Also makes the installation a little easier for DIYers since the controller wiring is neatly organized and easily identifiable. It's also a huge time saver. Can easily save two hours (or more) when doing a typical installation.
The pre-built Control Center has the LED Controller and power connections mounted to a PVC board. The power connections make it simple to connect your battery power as well as the LED strip power leads via a terminal blocks mounted to the board. Simply strip the end of the battery lead cable and LED strip power leads, push them into the terminal block and tighten the screw. This design also makes trouble shooting easier. The board has four 2" stand offs with plexi-glass mounted on top which keeps the components protected. You can read more about this option on the LED CONTROL CENTER product page. We include some photos below. The LED Control Center option is only available when an LED Controller and/or relays are ordered.
Add-on LED Light Strips
We offer ADD-ON LED light strips which can be purchased separately. Our ADD-ON strips available in WHITE and BLACK PCB and in one foot increments (1' to 16'). You have your choice of 5', 10', 15', 25' and 50' color match power leads. If purchasing an ADD-ON strip, make sure you are purchasing an upgraded controller to handle the additional power requirements. If you have questions about this, please call us.
WHY BOOGEY LIGHTS®?
Unlike most every other light kit out there, these light kits are ACCENT LIGHT KITS. When mounted properly, you'll never see the LED lights themselves. You'll only see the glow from the LEDs. If you're interested in learning more about WHY Boogey Lights are different than any other LED lighting system on the market, click here: WHY BOOGEY LIGHTS . We do a deep dive into the ten differences between Boogey Lights® and all the others.
A Word About 12vdc Power
All Boogey Lights® controllers and LED strips operate on 12vdc which is readily available on any RV made and offered for sale in North America. An essential skill with installation of any Boogey Lights LED products is knowing how to correctly wire the product to a 12vdc circuit. This includes understanding the importance of having a properly sized fuse at the power source, polarity, how to properly seal an electrical connection, using properly sized wire gauge for the load, measuring voltage and measuring the additional amperage draw you're adding. Be mindful of the amount of amperage you're drawing through your lighting circuit and to not exceed the circuit component limitations. The amount of power (amps) you're pulling through the circuit will vary based on a combination of three factors: 1) The number of LEDs in the circuit, 2) the amount of copper wire in the circuit and 3) the input voltage to the circuit. The amperage ratings for our switches, controllers and LEDs assume 12.5 vdc input or less. If you are uncertain or unfamiliar with any of these concepts, we urge you to ask someone who has the knowledge to assist you. Electricity is unforgiving.
THE KELVIN SCALE
OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY NEED
No two installation scenarios are the same. Not everyone shares the same installation quality goals. Some folks are OK with twisting wires together, others want to solder them. Some folks are OK with running wires where they may be seen or unprotected to save money/time, others want a tidy, clean install without any wires showing. Some folks are OK with mounting their LED strips to whatever surface they can find, others want to take the time necessary to build out appropriate mounting surfaces to provide the best lighting effect on their vehicle. The point is it's not possible to provide all the materials necessary for all installation scenarios and quality goals. Our light kits provide the essential components needed for a high-quality, functioning lighting system. Installation of our light kit to your specific vehicle may however require additional items to make it look and fit the way you want. This is particularly the case with electrical wiring and mounting of LED strips. Before proceeding with your installation we suggest you consider THESE OTHER ITEMS.
NOTE ON EXTENDED USE
The LEDs used in this product are very bright; the brightest 12vdc LED lights available. They're designed to be used for accent lighting applications where they are typically powered on for a few hours (usually on a dimmed setting) and then powered off. While they can be used in functional lighting applications (e.g. bright white to temporarily illuminate a work area), the lights should NOT be left powered on for extended periods of time (e.g. 6+ hours). If the LEDs are left powered on for long periods of time - particularly on their brightest setting - the LEDs closest to the power source will have a burned look to them over time. This is because the amount of voltage being pulled through the LEDs closest to the power source will be higher than the voltage going through the LEDs further down the strip. The end result is that those LEDs closest to the power source will be hotter thus creating the burned look. This will occur mostly when displaying the color white on a full brightness setting but can also occur with other colors. For this reason, we do NOT suggest leaving these LED lights powered up for extended periods of time particularly on their brightest setting. Burned looking LEDs is NOT covered under warranty.
WARRANTY NOTE FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE APPLICATIONS
These low-profile surface mounted LED strips are not built to withstand significant flexing or lateral movement of the surface the strip is mounted to. Some examples include on semi-truck trailers as well as tow trucks where there is significant movement, bending or flexing of the surface to which the strip is mounted. Also, the strip can not be mounted in such a way as they span multiple mounting surfaces. Mounting them this way will virtually guarantee the strip will fail sooner rather than later. These strips must be mounted to one single continuous smooth, clean, flat, straight surface and in an area that is protected from corrosive chemicals. Commercial vehicles that frequently travel roads treated with corrosive chemicals often used for melting snow and ice can impact the durability of these LED strips if the strips are mounted in an area that is exposed to these chemicals. Hi-Intensity Strips that fail in these operating environments ARE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY. For these types of operating environments we recommend (and warranty) our HEAVY DUTY LED strips.
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Product Configuration Options
LED COLOR OPTIONS
This light kit is offered in eight single color options and in the following multi-color configurations: RGB, RGBW (RGB + warm white) and RGBA (RGB + amber). Single color simply means the LED strip is one color all the time. The color cannot be changed. The color you choose is the color you get. Multi-color means you can change or select different colors. All of the multi-color RGB options require an LED controller to operate. The advantage of RGB over a single color LED strip is that RGB gives you the ability to change colors as well as access other features. With the bluetooth interface, you can save favorite color/feature sets as well as program 2 or 3 color rotation sequences. More detail about these advanced features can be found on BLUETOOTH APP tab of this product page. With RGB you can choose between 7 (using the hand held wireless remote) and 16 million (using the bluetooth APP) different color combinations. RGBW includes all of the RGB colors and capabilities plus the addition of a warm white diode (2400 kelvin temp). Warm white is often referred to as a 'candle white' or 'soft white'. It has a yellowish tint to it and for many, is a more pleasant color of white than the bright white color that is displayed by mixing RGB leds. RGBA includes all of the RGB colors and capabilities plus the addition of an amber diode. Amber attracts fewer bugs than white. It's also not nearly as bright; easier on the eye at night which some folks prefer. Plus, with RGBA you can turn on just the RED diode of the RGB and when added with AMBER, provides a nice looking orange color; Something many people enjoy. Note: Orange is not a color you can mix with just RGB so if orange is a color you want, we suggest ordering RGBA. See photo in the product images carousel of this product for an example of what the RGBA orange looks like. Make your selection from the LED COLOR OPTION drop down.
CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
The LED Controller Configuration Options offer three SINGLE COLOR and three MULTI-COLOR controller options as follows:
Single Color: Single Zone G2. Select this option if you are ordering a single color led strip (e.g. can't change colors -- just one color that you select from the LED Color option drop down). There are two controller capacity options. One will power up to 900 LEDs (3 - 16' LED strips, max of 10 amps) and the other will power up to 1800 LEDs (6 - 16' LED strips, max of 20 amps) all on one single zone. Both options are RF wireless + Bluetooth capable. The G2 version uses an M7 RF remote (one included). The M7 style remote is the most popular because of it's large, easy-to-use and see buttons. It measures 3.5" x 1.5" x .25". With either the included RF wireless hand-held remote or Bluetooth APP you have the following features with single color LEDs: on/off, dimming, fading, breathing and strobing. With the Bluetooth APP you can also save presets. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is 7.5". This LED controller is our new GEN2 (G2) controller (see details below of the differences between GEN1 and GEN2 controllers.)
Single Color: Dual Zone G2. This controller is a GEN2 controller and offers the same functions and features as the single color single zone controller mentioned option above but it's a DUAL ZONE LED Controller. There are two distinct lighting zones. This controller will power up to 3000 LEDs with a max capacity of 1500 LEDs per zone (20 amps max per zone). Common reasons customers prefer the Dual Zone controller over the Single Zone controller is they wish to segment their under-glow system include two segments. Eg. Drivers side on Zone 1. Passenger's side on Zone 2. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is about 10". This LED controller is our new GEN2 (G2) controller (see details below of the differences between GEN1 and GEN2 controllers.)
Multi-Color: Single Zone G2. Will work any of the multi-color LED strips offered (e.g. RGB, RGBA or RGBW). There are two controller capacity options. One will power up to 900 LEDs (3 - 16' LED strips, max of 10 amps) and the other will power up to 1800 LEDs (6 - 16' LED strips, 20 amps) all on one single zone. Both are COMBO LED Controllers in that they include both an RF wireless hand-held remote and Bluetooth integration. The G2 version uses an M7 RF remote (one included). This LED controller can be used with any of our RGB LED strips including the RGB, RGBW and RGBA. With the included RF wireless hand-held remote you can change between 7 colors (Red, Green, Blue, White, Light Blue, Boogey Lights Green (lime green/yellow), Hot Pink/Purple) and functions of on/off, blending, strobing, breathing, flashing, fading and dimming. You can also use your Bluetooth enabled smart phone to create that custom look with over 16 million different color combinations plus three pre-sets and color rotation programming functionality. See additional details (with video) and it's capabilities on the APP navigation tab appearing on this product page. With both an RF wireless remote AND bluetooth integration, you get the best of both worlds. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is 7.5". This LED controller is our new GEN2 (G2) controller (see details below of the differences between GEN1 and GEN2 controllers.)
Multi-Color: Dual Zone G2. This controller is a GEN2 controller and offers the same functions and features as the multi-color single zone controller mentioned above but it's a DUAL ZONE LED Controller. There are two distinct lighting zones. This controller will power up to 3000 LEDs with a max capacity of 1500 LEDs per zone (5 - 16' LED strips, 20 amps max per zone). Common reasons customers prefer the Dual Zone controller over the Single Zone controller is they wish to segment their under-glow system include two segments. Eg. Drivers side on Zone 1. Passenger's side on Zone 2. One controller will then operate both the RGB and the A (or W) diodes. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is about 10". This LED controller is our new GEN2 (G2) controller (see details below of the differences between GEN1 and GEN2 controllers.)
Controlling RGBA and RGBW LED Strips
The GEN2 controller has the ability to control RGBx LEDs built in to the controller whereas our GEN1 controller could only control RGB. The GEN2 controller has offers the Quick-Switch feature which allows you to add a toggle or wireless switch to instantly turn on just the Amber (or White) LED diodes and turn off the RGB diodes. . If you're confused or unsure about this, we urge you to give us a call at 800.847.1359 M-F, 9-5 eastern and speak with a product specialist. We can assist you with the process of determining how best to achieve the lighting effect you want.
Quick-Switch Wiring Diagram
KIT CONFIGURATION LENGTH OPTIONS
The default LED length configuration is 2 - 16'. Each strip contains 300 super-bright LEDs. For shorter or longer lengths, use the KIT CONFIGURATION drop down box which offers these lengths:
- Two 16' Lengths
- Two 12' Lengths
- Two 10' Lengths
- Two 8' Lengths
- Two 12' Lengths + Two 4' Lengths
- Two 10' Lengths + Two 6' Lengths
- Four 8' Lengths
Regardless of the length, each led strip includes a 15' power lead hard wired to one end of the LED strip. There are no connectors. Single color LED strips have 2 conductor power lead. RGB has 4 conductor power leads. RGBW and RGBA have 5 conductor power leads. Single Color and RGB led strips are 3/8" wide (10mm). RGBW and RGBA are 1/2" wide (12mm). All are 1/8" high/thick.
NOTE: The maximum length of a single LED strip is 16'. They cannot be daisy chained together. The laws of electricity won't allow it to go longer with today's commercially available technology using 12vdc power and super bright 5050 led chips. If you are trying to cover a longer distance, you have two options. One is to simply center the 16' LED strip in the available space. Boogey Lights are already very bright so for most folks, having enough light is never a concern. This is what most people do. That said, some prefer to have full coverage of the entire area. In that case it's possible to cover a longer span using two LED strips by installing them such that the two LED strips butt together; end to end, which gives the illusion of a single longer LED strip.
Feeder Cable: We offer 18awg feeder cable in 25' and 50' lengths. We typically use this cable for multi-color installations where we need to get power to multiple LED strips from the LED controller. Instead of running each LED power lead back to the controller, we will use a single run of this 18awg feeder cable. Commonly used for under-glow installations for lighting up the rear area behind the axle. In these scenarios there may be 3 or 4 short LED strips mounted at the rear of the RV. The feeder cable will connect those 3 or 4 LED strips to the LED controller which is typically mounted with the house batteries closer to the front of the RV. Super important not to over-load the feeder cable with more than 600 LEDs total. Keep in mind too that 12DC power quickly drops over distance so you want to keep these feeder cable runs as short as possible. If not, the LED strips attached to the feeder cable will be dimmer than the LED strips that are attached directly to the controller. Note that the feeder cable comes in a grey jacket with the inner colors of BLACK, RED, GREEN, WHITE. There is not a BLUE inner color jacket on this feeder cable so when using with our RGB LED strips, the BLUE power lead will connect to the WHITE feeder cable wire. Available in 25' and 50' increments. Note: RGB requires 4 conductor cable. RGBW and RGBA requires 5 conductor cable.
Add Power Converter: Boogey Lights LED lighting systems are native 12vdc systems. As long as you have 12vdc power available, that's all you need. Some folks however prefer to use 120vac because it might be more easily accessible in their RV. If so, we offer the option to purchase 10 and 20 amp AC to DC power converters.
Add Extra 3M Adhesion Primer: 3M Promoter is a powerful adhesion primer. It's an essential step in the installation process but you don't need much of it to make it work. A simple single swipe on the surface you're mounting the light strip to is all you need. Our lighting kits include enough 3M Adhesion Primer to mount the strips in the kit for most installations. Some customers however feel better if they "paint" the mounting surface completely with it -- which is fine if you want to but not necessary. The problem is that 3M Adhesion Primer isn't readily available everywhere; particularly weekends, holidays and evenings. If you use all of the primer that's included with the kit but run out before you're finished, you'll have to wait to finish the job until you get more adhesion primer. If you're one of those people who would prefer to have a little adhesion primer left-over just in case, we offer the option of adding an additional bottle to your order.
There is no set installation configuration. Whether you have a motor home, bus, 5th wheel, tag-along travel trailer, utility trailer, food truck or semi-truck the configuration concepts are pretty much the same. Your rig and your imagination are the only limits. It is important however to identify where you're going to mount the LED strips as well as where the LED controller will be located. Here are some installation ideas to consider which have worked well for other customers. You may want to check out our section of HOW-TO VIDEOS which many customers find helpful with deciding how they want to install their Under-Glow lights.
At the bottom of this page you'll find some layout diagrams. The following placement discussion makes reference to those diagrams.
Standard Installation - 2 Hi-Intensity LED Strips
A: The basic under-glow kit includes two, super bright LED light strips. The kit offers these LED strips in different lengths and combinations (see KIT CONFIGURATION). Before ordering we strongly suggest examining the bottom of your RV to determine the appropriate LED strip lengths and placement locations. These two strips are typically mounted in front of the first rear axle. The goal is to light up as much of the area in front of the axle as possible on both sides of the RV.
Want More Light? Add Full Perimeter Lighting
B & C: For additional light, you can add a 4' to 8' LED light strip at the rear and / or the front of the RV to provide full perimeter lighting. These ADD-ON strips come with your choice of a 10', 25' or a 50' power lead to accommodate almost any configuration. The power leads need to run back to the 12v power source where the controller is located. NOTE: If you're looking for true full-perimeter under-glow lighting for your RV we suggest taking a look at our pre-configured FULL-PERIMETER RV UNDER-GLOW LED LIGHT KIT or even our BUILD YOUR OWN UNDER-GLOW LED LIGHT KITS. These kits are more comprehensive than this basic kit and will be less expensive over-all versus trying to piece together your own full-perimeter kit. .
Slide-out Lighting Option
D: Depending upon the width of your slide-out you can add a 4', 8', 12' or even a 16' ADD-ON LED light strip underneath your slide-out to illuminate the area immediately below the slide-out when it is out. The 4', 8' and 12' ADD-ON strips comes with either a 10', 25' or 50' power lead. The 16' ADD-ON strip comes with your choice of a 15', 25' or 50' power lead.
Behind the Axle Lighting Option
E: Depending upon how much room you have behind the rear axle and the end of the RV you may have room to add an additional ADD-ON LED strip. The amount of space here is usually in the 2-4' range for motor homes and the 4'-8' space for fifth wheel trailers. You'll need to take some measurements to make sure you know how much space you have available.
If you need to order LED strip sizes not offered in our ADD-ONs, you can order this surface mounted low-profile LED strip which can be configured from 3" long to 16' long.
Some things to keep in mind when deciding how many and what type of LED strips to purchase:
- Our Hi-Intensity LED strips can be cut every 3 LEDs to accommodate shorter runs. If you cut the strip, make sure you cut where indicated and seal the end with heat shrink or similar substance. Important moisture not get into the strip.
- The maximum length of one Hi-Intensity strip is 16'. Multiple 16' strips CAN NOT be daisy chained together. If you want to do a run longer than 16', you can butt two strips together to get the desired length. That said, we've rarely seen an installation that required doing this for a lack of light. Boogey Lights® LEDs are so bright that one 16' strip should provide more light than you'll need. Simply centering one 16' strip will in most cases be sufficient.
- The maximum number of 16' LED strips that can be powered at one time depends on which controller you're using. Our single zone Heavy Duty controller will power six 16' LED strips (1800 LEDs). Our dual zone Heavy Duty LED controller will power up to ten 16' LED strips (3000 LEDs). That said, it's possible to add additional controllers and manage those controllers with one RF remote. Lots of possibilities. The limitation ultimately comes down to your power source.
- Be mindful of where your power source is located as well as where you will be mounting the controller. The power lead for each Hi-Intensity strip needs to connect directly to the controller at your power source. Knowing where your controller will be mounted in relation to where the LED strip will be placed will determine how much power lead cable is needed on each LED strip.
Installing this basic LED UNDER-GLOW RV kit is relatively simple. Installation time is about 3-8 hours depending upon complexity of your configuration. Some things to keep in mind before you start:
- WE STRONGLY SUGGEST BENCH TESTING YOUR LIGHTS AND CONTROLLER BEFORE MOUNTING! We cannot emphasize this enough. Probably 95% of all calls we receive from customers are about problems or issues that could have easily been avoided had the customer taken the extra 15 minutes to bench test their lighting setup before installation. Not only does bench testing give you an opportunity to understand the configuration, it also will flush out any problems or misunderstanding about the product and use before mounting.
- The Under-Glow RV kit is intended to be installed on the bottom of an RV, camper or trailer. Make sure you have adequate area where to affix the LED light strips. Not all RVs have an enclosed bottom. If your RV doesn't have an enclosed bottom you'll need to make sure you have sufficient surface area to attach the LED strips. In addition, the area where you are attaching the LEDs needs to be reasonably clean and smooth (and free from sharp edges). If not, the LED strips won't stick. The LED strip MUST be mounted flat against a single contiguous mounting surface, in a straight line. Really important the entire strip be stuck to the mounting surface and that you NOT attempt to span across mounting surfaces. If you do, the strip will almost certainly fail in the spot that isn't affixed firmly to the mounting surface (or, the point at which is spans across the two mounting surfaces). If you don't have a smooth, flat, contiguous mounting surface we recommend riveting (or screwing) 1.5" wide plastic flat bar or aluminum flat stock to the surface and then mount the LED strip to that flat stock. This flat bar can be purchased at just about any home improvement store or, we offer it for sale online too. Also, do not attempt to mount the strip to follow a radius. The LED strip has to be mounted in a straight line and flat. Failing to follow these mounting instructions will almost certainly result in a damaged LED strip which is not covered under warranty.
- When mounting on the bottom of any vehicle we recommend making sure you are not mounting the strip in-line with the wheels or in areas that might be prone to a direct strike from road debris. While Boogey Lights® Hi-Intensity LED strips are made for motor sports applications, they will likely not survive a direct strike from a hard object. If you are concerned the LED strips might be hit by road debris due to their mounting location we recommend using our Heavy Duty LED Strips which are better able to survive a direct strike from road debris.
- Think about where you're going to be mounting your LED CONTROLLER. If that location is in an enclosed metal storage box or is surrounded mostly by metal, our heavy duty LED controllers come with two antennas: a stubby and an extended antenna. You're going you're likely going to want to use the extended antenna (unscrew the stubby and replace it with the extended) which has 15' of cable and a magnetic whip antenna which will be mounted externally to the rv; usually on the bottom. Our LED Controllers work on radio frequencies. Radio frequencies don't go very far when they are enclosed in metal.
- Make sure you know where your electrical connection will be. Most RVs (motor home, travel trailer or fifth wheel) have an electrical access panel somewhere on the RV where 12vdc power is available. We prefer to make all of the electrical connections where the house batteries are located. This isn't a requirement but generally works best as you can tap directly into 12vdc power directly from the battery bank without having to extend 12vdc power to the LED controller. NOTE: We strongly discourage connecting your LED controller to a 12vdc power source other than the house batteries. We say this because of the amperage requirements of most under-glow systems. While it might make for a faster installation, connecting to any other 12vdc power source in your RV has no upside; only downside. Please take our advice and only connect directly the under-glow system to your house batteries.
- The only way to ensure the LED light strip stays stuck to the underbelly of your RV, camper or trailer is to make sure you prepare the surface in accordance with the directions. Every LED light kit we sell includes 3M adhesion promoter (aka "primer"). It's absolutely critical the surface be prepared using this special 3M promoter and that you follow the directions provided with every light kit. For the power lead wires that feed the LED strip we include some extra 3M tape and zip tie mounts.
- If you need to cut the LED strip, make sure you do it before affixing to your RV. Our LED strips can be cut every 3 LEDs and are clearly marked. More details on this here: CUTTING YOUR LEDS
- AMPERAGE Data for all Boogey Lights products can be found on our website.
- 3M Adhesion Primer (aka promoter). Using 3M Adhesion Primer is absolutely essential for making sure your LED strip stay stuck. We provide small bottles of 3M Adhesion Promoter for our products. All you need is a shop rag, sponge or towel of some kind to apply the promoter to the surface. Once you paint on the promoter you have at least an hour to mount the light strip although we recommend proceeding immediately after painting the surface with the 3M Promoter (once dried).
- All Boogey Lights® controllers and LED strips operate on 12vdc which is readily available on any RV made and offered for sale in North America. An essential skill with installation of any Boogey Lights LED products is knowing how to correctly wire the product to a 12vdc circuit. This includes understanding the importance of having a properly sized fuse at the power source, polarity, how to properly seal an electrical connection, using properly sized wire gauge for the load, measuring voltage and measuring the additional amperage draw you're adding. Be mindful of the amount of amperage you're drawing through your lighting circuit and to not exceed the circuit component limitations. The amount of power (amps) you're pulling through the circuit will vary based on a combination of three factors: 1) The number of LEDs in the circuit, 2) the amount of copper wire in the circuit and 3) the input voltage to the circuit. The amperage ratings for our switches, controllers and LEDs assume 12.5 vdc input or less. If you are uncertain or unfamiliar with any of these concepts, we urge you to ask someone who has the knowledge to assist you. Electricity is unforgiving.
- When in doubt, call our technical support team!