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How Do I Wire LED Flood Lights on My Camper to Use When Backing Up?

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I would like to add a switched LED Flood light to the top of my slide in truck camper to use when backing up a trailer. Can I tie into the power from one of the RVs running lights? There is no easily accessible way of running a wire direct to the battery.

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Another option than running the LED light to the battery is by running the wiring to the running lights. Although, this can be just as difficult as running it to the battery.

The best route is to run the wiring to the reverse lights. However, if you go this route, you must go without a switch option. The only way to use a switch is to go directly to the battery.

If you need extra wiring for the application, I recommend using the 18-Gauge 2-Wire Bonded Parallel Conductor Wire - per Foot # SWC97FR along with some Deka Heat Shrink Butt Connector - 22-18 Gauge - Nylon Insulation - Red - Qty 10 # DW05743-10.

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So i can run off of the running lights? Why wouldn't i be able to switch it? I would only be drawing power from the running light circuit, the switch would be after the running light. Remeber this is on a slide in camper/topper, not the actual truck lights.

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Yes, you can run it off of the running lights. Technically, you could run a switch with it, but it would require to install the switch in the cab or mount it directly to the camper. This is a tedious process because you would have to get out of the cab to flip the switch and then activate the running lights to power it. It is much easier to easily run it to the battery if possible.

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