BYOK: RV Under-Glow LED Light Kit
Build Your Own RV Under-Glow LED Light Kit
We receive a lot of requests for full perimeter under-glow light systems. The challenge is not all RVs - even the same year and model - have the same structure in terms of possible LED strip mounting locations on the RV's chasis. And of course not everyone wants to light up all the same areas of their RV. With so many RV types/styles on the market there are lots of variables; lots of options. Simply not possible to create a kit for all these various makes/models/layouts. To solve this problem we created this BUILD YOUR OWN KIT (BYOK) to assist customers with ordering the LED Under-Glow lighting and related materials they need for their specific RV. You'll see we offer this product in five different chassis configurations: 2 axle travel trailer, 2 axle fifth wheel, 2 axle motor home, 3 axle fifth wheel and 3 axle motor home. We suggest downloading the PDF diagram listed below that matches your RV's chassis layout to get started.
The process to place your order is pretty simple. Follow these steps:
1. DOWNLOAD the PDF diagram that matches your RV's chassis from this list:
- Travel Trailer 2 axle
- Fifth Wheel trailer 2 axle
- Fifth Wheel trailer 3 axle
- Motorhome 2 axle
- Motorhome 3 axle
2. Print out the PDF diagram you downloaded and then write down the measurements for each of the LED segments you want to light on your RV where indicated by A through J (or P depending upon the configuration) AND W1 - W4 (or W6) if you want wheel well lights. See note below on what you need to know about taking those measurement.
3. Using the drop down boxes on this product page, first select the KIT CONFIGURATION (e.g. 2 axle travel trailer, 3 axle motorhome, etc). Then, select the LED segment lengths that match those on your diagram. Each LED strip has a 15' power lead hard wired to it. If your RV layout doesn't use all of the segments listed on the diagram (many won't), simply leave those segments marked as 'none'.
4. Make your LED controller selection as well as your LED color selection.
5. Add to cart and check out.
Taking Measurements | What You Need to Know
It's super important when measuing your RV that you look at the bottom of your RV to examine the mounting area you have available. Yes, we know it's a pain to get on your back with a tape measure to do this but it really is the only way to get a good look and to get it right. We say this because you'll need to make sure you have a sufficient and appropriate surface area to attach the LED strips to your RV. For example, just because you have 8' across the front of your RV doesn't mean there is actually 8' of mountable space on the bottom of your RV to attach the LED strip. The only way you'll know for sure is by looking at it. When doing so, make sure the area where you will be attaching the LED strip is clean and smooth (and free from sharp edges). The LED strip MUST be mounted flat against a single continuous mounting surface, in a straight line; it cannot bend around a radius or corners. Plus, the entire strip needs to be stuck to the mounting surface and not 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 aluminum flat stock to the surface and then mount the LED strip to that flat stock. More details about this can be found on the INSTALLATION TAB of the product page. The point is to carefully examine the bottom of your RV when you're taking these measurements before placing your order.
Once you have your measurements and have them written down on the diagram, you're ready to place your order using this product page. You'll notice each LED segment has a drop down box listing the available LED lengths from 1' to 16'. Yes, the maximum length of a single continuous LED strip with 300 LEDs is 16' (actually it's 5 meters which is about 16.4'). The laws of electricty as we know it today won't allow for longer lengths of 5050 LEDs using 12vdc power on modern day vehicles. This is why you'll notice our layout diagram has two LED segments between the Steer Axle and the Drive Axle. Many RVs have longer distances than 16' betweeen them. If your RV has more than 16' between the steer and the drive axle, you'll need to use two LED segments in that space. For example, assume the distance between the steer and drive axle on your RV is 18'. If you want full coverage in that area, you'll need two LED segments to fill that entire space. How you configure those two LED segments in terms of the lengths is up to you. You can for example use two 9' LED segments - or - one 10' + one 8' - or - one 16' + one 2', etc. We suggest using a full 16' and a smaller LED length to fill out the entire area but it's not essential. You'll also see multiple LED segments across other areas of the RV diagram layout such as the front, rear and behind the drive wheels. This is because there often isn't a single flat surface that can be used to cover the entire area.There might however be 2 or even 3 flat surfaces you can mount an LED strip to which is why we list these extra LED segments on the diagram. As an example, your RV might be 8' across the front but when you do your visual inspection to take measurements you find there isn't a single flat surface that spans the entire eight feet. Instead, you might be able to fit two four feet LED strips across that area or perhaps even a combination of three LED segments of varying lengths to cover the area. For those LED segments that don't apply to your RV, simply leave them set to 'none'.
For each LED segment, select the corresponding LED length from the drop down to what you wrote down on the diagram. For example, if LED SEGMENT A on your RV is 14.5', you would select 14 from the drop down. Note that these LED segments are not precise in terms of the length. They will generally be a little less due to the power lead connection to the LED strip. It's not critical to have the exact length because the lights are so bright. If there's 5 - 10 inches of space that isn't covered, no one will know by looking at it. If however you're really concerned about this, order the longer length (e.g. 15' in our example here) and cut (and seal) the LED strip at the end where you cut. These LED strips can be cut in groups of 3 LEDs. That said, in the vast majority of cases, rounding down will rarely be noticeable and thus you won't have to cut the LED strips.
The kit includes additional 18awg feeder cable to be used to connect the LED strips to the LED controller.
What is an Under-Glow Light Kit?
The Boogey Lights® LED UNDER-GLOW light kit is designed to attach to the bottom of an RV and provide FULL-PERIMETER lighting around all four sides of the RV. The Full-Perimeter LED Under-Glow kit is currently offered in both RGB (multi-color -- the default and most popular option) as well as single color versions. The kit includes your choice of two different LED CONTROLLERs: single zone or dual zone.
On full power these surface mounted hi-intensity super-bright RGB LED light strips provide an incredible amount of light in a wide variety of colors you control with the included RF wireless remote control and smartphone Bluetooth controller. In addition to the wireless RF remote control that's included, the LED controller is also bluetooth capable. This allows you to control your under-glow lights with your bluetooth capable smartphone and our free APP (IOS or Android). All Under-Glow LED controllers offered include Bluetooth. The Single Zone Heavy Duty LED Controller is the default LED controller included with the kit. This Single Zone Heavy Duty LED Controller will power up to 1800 LEDs and comes with our standard M7 hand held RF remote. There is an optional Long Range M7 RF remote available. The Long Range M7 RF remote will at least double the effective range of the wireless remote. Boogey Lights® RF Controllers will display seven colors (steady on + four lighting effects): RED, GREEN, BLUE, WHITE, LIGHT BLUE, BOOGEY LIGHTS GREEN (LIME GREEN/YELLOW), HOT PINK/PURPLE. The lighting effects options for our RF Controller include: DIMMING, BLENDING, BREATHING, STROBING. In the Blending, Breathing and Strobing modes these features can be set to remain on a single color or to cycle through each of the 7 colors. You can also adjust the speed at which this happens. The RF remote control offers SEVEN levels lighting effects (e.g. 7 levels of dimming). For the DUAL ZONE Heavy Duty LED controller, these functions work independently per zone OR both zones together.
Optional Upgrade: DUAL ZONE LED CONTROLLER
Our Dual Zone Combo Bluetooth + RF Controller allows you to set up and operate two distinct RGB multi-color lighting zones which can be operated and controlled individually by this single controller. 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 this Heavy Duty Dual Zone LED Controller, you have more flexibility as to how you want to control your Boogey Lights. Each lighting zone is capable of supporting up to 1500 RGB LEDs for a total of 3000 LEDs. It will work with your Android® or iOS® Smartphone equipped with Bluetooth 4.0. It will also work with the included Long Range M7 Style RF wireless remote. Rated up to 3,000 LEDs - 1,500 per zone (max of 20 amps per zone). Ideal for use with RV, marine, home and commercial applications where you want to power a large number of LEDs. This controller is the largest in our controller series measuring 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires coming out of both ends is about 10".
Color Options and 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 BLUETOOTH 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). If you want the RGBA or RGBW LED color option, we strongly suggest buying the DUAL ZONE LED controller. Why? Because you can wire the RGB diodes in the strips to ZONE 1 of the controller and the A (or W) diode to ZONE 2 of the controller. This gives you control over both the RGB and the A (or W) diodes with one LED controller. Some customers choose to use another means to control the A (or W) diode (e.g. simple on/off switch) but in our view, the DUAL ZONE controller provides the best option.
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 is often wired to simple ON/OFF switch OR zone 2 of our Dual Zone LED controller. See the CONFIG tab on this product page for more details on this option.
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 is often wired to a simple ON/OFF switch or zone 2 of our Dual Zone LED controller. See the CONFIG tab on this product page for more details on this option.
RGBWW? You may have noticed we manufacture an RGBWW product which we offer as an option in our AWNING LIGHT kits. The RGBWW product is a combination of RGB + Warm White + Cool White (5 chips, 6 leads). We do not offer the RGBWW product for under-glow because it's not as durable as our other products when used for under-glow. We only recommend it for Awning Light (or interior lighting) applications where the strip is mounted to the side of the RV (vs the bottom of the RV).
Wheel Well Lighting (Optional)
We offer the option of adding wheel well lighting to your full perimeter light kit. It can be done for one, two or three axles; motor homes and fifth wheel trailers. Sold per pair. With the exception of RGBW, we use our HEAVY DUTY LED Strips for this purpose (RGBW uses low profile). Be aware however that not all RVs will be able to accommodate lights mounted in the wheel wells. You'll need to measure the amount of clearance you have between the tire/wheel and the RV to see if there is enough room to get into the wheel well to do the installation (without removing the tire/wheel). Assuming your RV has enough clearance to work, the next thing you need to consider is the mounting location. For maximum lighting effect we prefer to mount the Heavy Duty LED strip straight up from the tire and off set a little toward the outside wall of the RV. This minimizes the possibility you'll be able to see the LED strip directly and instead, only see the glow from the LEDs flooding the tire/wheel well area. Next you'll need to consider the mounting surface. Is it clean? Smooth? Will 3M tape (promoted with 3M adhesion primer first of course) adhere to that surface? Some RVs are under-coated which can make it difficult to get the LED strips to adhere to the surface without first having to scrape the under-coating away and/or screwing the LED strip to the wheel well at each end. Others have a type of material covering the wheel well surface itself. In this case you may need to cut that material away first to get to the smooth surface beneath it. You'll need to look closely at your RV to make this determination. It is not something we can assist you with based on the model. The last thing you want is for that LED strip to come loose from it's mounting location just above the tire/wheel as you drive down the road. The final consideration is length. How much room do you have to mount the LED strip? You need at least 12" (15 LEDs) for the smallest strip and 32" (45 LEDs) for the maximum length. The longer the LED strip the more LEDs and thus the more light you'll get.
Once you've confirmed the above, make your selection from the drop down options for this product. You'll notice we offer three LED strip length options PER AXLE wheel well. They're ordered per wheel well. Do not assume that just because a 32" led strip will fit in the wheel well for the steer axle, the same will fit in the drive axle. This is particularly true for motor homes.
The above video is a quick aerial tour of a Boogey Lights installation on a 2022 Newmar Ventana motorhome. We installed our multi-color Full-Perimeter Under-Glow LED Light system plus engine bay lighting. This installation uses our Build Your Own Kit (BYOK) 3 Axle Under-Glow LED light kit for a perfect fit creating that custom look.
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.
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 similiar 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 at least six 16' LED strips. You might be able to get 7 depending upon your wiring. 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.
- We include a couple of images (see below and the carousel of images of the product iself) of examples of wiring diagrams for both a single zone and dual zone controller installation to give you an idea of how the LED strips, LED controller, Power leads and Feeder cable connect to each other.
Before You Start
Installing the Boogey Lights® LED UNDER-GLOW RV kit is relatively simple. Installation time for a full perimeter under-glow system is typically 6 to 10 hours depending upon complexity of your configuration. Some things to keep in mind before you start.
- 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. 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 screwing 1.5" wide aluminum flat stock to the surface and then mount the LED strip to that flat stock. This aluminum flat stock 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.
- 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, you're likely going to want to purchase the LONG RANGE REMOTE and an LED CONTROLLER that has the Extended Antenna option. Our LED Controllers work on radio frequencies. Radio frequencies don't go very far when they are enclosed in metal. We strongly suggest testing the effective range of your RF remote/LED controller BEFORE permanently mounting it. If you're not getting the range you'd like, either relocate the LED Controller or purchase the Long Range Remotes and/or Extended Antenna.
- 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. If you are going to use 110vac, make sure you have ample room to mount/affix the power converter box. The 110vac to 12vdc power converters we sell for this kit are 10amps. If you are going to max out the heavy duty controller with LED light strips you'll need to run TWO power converters in parallel (for a total of 20amps). If you have questions on this, please call us. We'll be happy to assist you!
- Decide how you are going to connect the power lead coming from your LED light strips to the power source. Most RVs have access into the electrical closet from underneath the RV itself. If so, this is the perfect place to run your power cables. Important to remember that the remote control units are not water proof so you want to mount the contoler box in an area that will remain dry.
- The only way to ensure the LED light strip stays stuck to 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.
- AMPERAGE Data for all Boogey Lights products can be found on our website.
- 3M Adhesion Primer. If you're using the 3M promoter tubes (vs bottles), the cotton tip on the end of the 3M Promoter tube will evaporate quickly. Once you break the glass tube inside the promoter tube it’s important to use the promoter tube immediately. Do not allow it to sit around. If you do, the cotton applicator tip will dry up. 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.
- When in doubt, call our technical support team! We're the experts. We've done this many times. We know what works.
WIRING EXAMPLE: Single Zone LED Controller
WIRING EXAMPLE: Dual Zone LED Controller. While this diagram is for a motor home dual zone install, the concepts are the same in terms of wiring a dual zone controller on a fifth wheel or travel trailer.
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.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR INSTALL. 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 you may need.
IMPORTANT WARRANTY NOTICE 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.