One day we came across Motion Activated Security lights for sale at the PPL's RV Parts Super Store that are 12 volts and since they had LED bulbs, decided to purchase a couple of them to replace the original porch lights on the RV.
You can also order them directly from StarLights Inc. who are the manufacture, but we saved over $10.00 ordering from PPL. The name of the lights are the Smart Light 1000 and as advertised, they fit perfectly where our original porch lights were mounted.
|Smart Light 1000 RV Motion Sensor Light|
|Smart Light 1000 200 lumens LED bulb|
|Tools used to install the Smart Light 1000|
|Turning off the power to the porch lights|
We wired the first light with its black wire to the RV's black wire and then the light's white wire to the RV's white wire. But the RV's white wire was the positive and the black wire was negative.
|Installation and Operation Instructions|
If they are wired properly then the computer chip inside the light will toggle between motion sensing and normal operation each time the power is turned on.
So make sure you perform the Functionality check as described in the Installation Instructions so the light works properly.
If you do wire the light properly then while in motion sensing mode a blue LED will blink. If the light just turns on every time you turn on the power, then you have it wired wrong.
The light also has a day/night sensor, so during the day, while in motion sensing mode, the light says off and only the blue LED flashes, but at night time the actual porch light will turn on when there is motion detected. The LED can also warn you when your batteries voltage is low by flashing red.
|Smart Light 1000 in motion sensing mode|
As mentioned before we replace both the front and rear porch lights which were pretty easy to remove.
|Rear porch light on RV|
|Original porch light with the lens cover removed exposing the four screws attaching it to the RV|
|Porch light with caulk cut so the light housing can be removed.|
|Cutting the wires to the original porch light housing.|
We used the crimp type wire connectors for our installation just because that is what we had on hand. You can use whatever type of connectors you like.
|Connecting the new light to the wires out of the RV|
|New light installed using the original four screws|
We then replaced the lens cover on the new light fixtures. You will notice that there is a oval area on the lens where the LED indicator and light sensor are located. There is an oval O ring that seals this area from the weather. You need to ensure that you do not lose this O ring and that it is present when you attach the lens cover.
|O ring gasket that you do not want to lose|
We apologize for the blurred picture, but it is hard to hold an impact driver while standing on the top of a 4' ladder and take a picture with an iPhone. This was not a good example of the "use common sense" comment that is made at the end of this blog.
|Attaching Lens Cover|
|Caulking the newly installed motion detection porch light|
|Newly installed Smart Light 1000|
The front porch light would be in motion sensing mode while the back porch light was in manual mode so when you turned off the power and then turned it back on the modes would switch for each light.
To fix this we had to unplug one of the lights while powering up the other one so that it would toggle to the same mode as the unplugged light. We really did not want to have to take one of the lights down so came up with the idea of getting to the wires inside the coach behind the cabinet that was on the inside of the front porch light.
Luckily the speakers lined up perfectly with the front porch light. We gently removed the speaker cover to expose the speakers so that we could remove it.
|Removing speaker panel|
|Outside porch light wires exposed|
Now we have two new motion sensing porch lights that can either be on all the time in manual mode or be in motion sensing mode if we are away and do not want to advertise that we do not expect to be back until after dark.
|Our new motion sensing porch lights in manual mode|
Another nice feature of this particular brand of motion sensing light is that you can run other lights or anything 12V that does not draw more than 4 amps by adding the Revolution 2000 FB Fused Relay Box. There is a yellow wire that comes off of the Smart Light 1000 that is used to connect to the fused relay box.
|Yellow wire to connect an additional fuse relay box for triggering other items|
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