Once installed the second battery and the split charge relay (more here), my mission was to put the LED lightning on the roof.
I decided to go for a set of IKEA Dioder lights as they were cheap, easy to find and had good reviews online.
I wired mine directly to the leisure battery, running it through a Reuk 12v regulator . The regulator makes sure that the lights won’t receive a higher current from the battery hence preventing the lights from blowing.
Partly because of convenience and partly because of laziness, I kept the original switch but I am planning to install a nicer one.
Here’s is how I did it:
1.Fix the lights to the roof panel previously carpeted. I wanted mine to be flush so I had previously cut 4 holes in the panel. I then glued a small wood stick on the back so that I could screw the light support on.
2. Screw the light support.
3. Fit the LED lights on the supports and run the cables on the back of the roof panels. Secure the cables with some strong tape
4. Fix the panel to the roof. Be careful not to insert screws were the cables are!
5. Snap the transformer off (transformer = the plug) and separate the two cables for about 20 cm. The cable with the writing in it is the positive one, to remind yourself you might want to put some red tape around it.
6.Strip about 1cm of insulation off from the cables. Place the positive and negative cable endings into the appropriate screw-in terminal on the regulator (if using a REUK regulator, check their site for instructions).
7. Cut about 20cm of red and a black cable and add a ring terminal big enough to fit the leisure battery. I used 1mm cables. Fit the cables in the appropriate screw-in terminals.
8. If you have purchased a regulator with switch terminals but do not wish to install one, you will need make a loop on those unused terminals. If you don’t the lights won’t work. To do this just cut a piece of cable of about 4cm and place one end into the positive switch terminal and the other end into the negative one.
9. Make sure all of the connections are tight on the regulator by pulling very lightly the cables.
10. Secure the regulator. I placed mine on the back of the battery box.
10. Connect the cables to the battery and…. Voilà! You now have light in your van 🙂
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