Installing LED Marker, Clearance and Porch Lights on RV

by: RV with Tito DIY     Published on: 08 October 2017

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STOP CHANGING BURNED OUT BULBS. Upgrade the marker clearance lights on your RV, motorhome, trailer, camper or van to inexpensive and long lansting LEDs? Here is how I replaced 14 incandescent marker clearance lights for under $50. I also replaced my incandescent porch light with a motion sensor low power LED light for added security while overnight parking and boondocking. LED LIGHT FIIXTURES I INSTALLED (on Amazon)Replacement LED Marker Lights (pack of 10): LED Marker Lights (2-Pack Red): LED Marker Lights (2-Pack Amber): Sensor LED Porch Light: Wago Wire Connectors I used (my favorite): ABOUT THIS EPISODEThe marker clearance lights on my 10 year old RV have incandescent bulbs that need to be replaced periodically. I keep a supply of bulbs on hand for this purpose. For this reason, I decided to replace all of these old marker lights with LED fixtures. Since I have 14 clearance and marker lights on my RV, I did not want to spend a lot of money on expensive lights. I searched Amazon for replacements and found a set of 10 LED replacement bulbs containing five amber and five red lights for under $30. I ordered them plus 4 additional fixtures. My total order came to around $45 for all 14 LED marker lights. I also wanted to replace my incandescent porch light with a lower power LED porch light. I found one on Amazon that also had a built-in motion sensor feature for around $58. The reviews were good so I picked up one of those as well. The plastic lenses on both types of lights tend to crack from exposure to the elements and need to be replaced periodically. When they crack moisture can get into the fixture and into the wall of your RV, camper, trailer or van. For this reason, I installed the lights with a better weatherproof seal.Here are the steps I took to install the LED marker lights and porch light:1. Make sure the lights are turned off2. Remove the lense and remove the two screws securing the light3 Pry the old fixture away from the wall of the RV. TIP: Applying heating the sealant/caulk around the old fixture makes it easier to remove 4. Remove any existing sealant using a scraper, a towel and some WD-40 or mineral spirits5. Cut the two wires connecting the light fixture and remove the old fixture6. Strip the ends of the wires7. Attach the positive and negative wires to the new fixture using wire connectors. Note: The black wire on these fixtures is the positive wire and the white wire is the negative ground wire.8. Wrap the wire connectors with electrical tape to ensure they stay connected and weatherproof when pushed back into the wall9, Cut a piece of weather proof tape (like Eternabond) to fit over the main opening and the screw holes10, Apply the tape so the wires come out the bottom to prevent any water from entering the wall if the light fixture leaks11. Screw the new LED fixture back on screwing through the tape12. Apply a bead of silicon sealant around the edges13, Attach the lense and you are doneI repeated these steps for all 14 LED marker lights and the LED porch light. This was a pretty simple project, but there were many lights to do. The hardest part for me was removing old sealant left over from the original light. But after 5 or 6 lights, it gets easier. This video also address these topics:RV porch light replacementRV clearance light wiringRV clearance lights LEDUpdating your RVLED LightsIncandescent Light ReplacementMotion Sensor LightRV Security#diy #rvlife #vanlife #doityourself #howtoDISCLAIMERThe opinions expressed in our videos are our own or from a contributor. Before taking on any project or making a large purchase, we recommend you do your own research and consult a professional for advice. We are NOT liable for any damage to your RV or injury incurred as a result of following our tips, advice or instructions. We are not RV professionals or certified technicians. We are simply RV owners who work on our own RVs and have a desire to share what we learn with others. Be responsible and know your limits.AFFILIATE DISCLAIMERThis video may include links to merchants with affilliate programs who pay us a commission on purchases made or actions taken after clicking the link. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.