LED Reading Light Mod

My 2006 Hurricane Motor Home only came with a Light above the Bed on the overhead cabinet for reading in Bed. I decided it was time to install some decent Lighting for reading while in Bed. I wanted something That I could mount on the side of the shirt closets on each side of the bed. My DW has a eye problem and needs good lighting to read by. So I started looking for a pair of 12 volt reading Lights that were LED and low wattage, but would focus a adjustable bright light on the reading material without disturbing the other person in the bed. I finally found what I was looking for on Amazon. It was 2 of the following Lights

Ming’s Mark 9090108 LED Reading Light LED RV Reading Light with Brushed Nickel finish with an on/off switch and MR16 base LED bulb. The LED bulb features 8-30v DC; 66 high power 3528 SMD LEDs; beam pattern 120 degrees; luminous flux 190 lumens; 3.12 watts; color temp 4000-4500K Natural White. The 12v DC fixture is made of steel with a brushed nickel finish and comes with an on/off switch and the MR16 LED bulb noted above. Applications include 12v DC marine and recreational vehicles. (Green LongLife LED replacement bulbs that can be used in this fixture include part numbers 3528104 and 6060105.)   

 Now the problem was to install the lights on each side of the Bed on the side of the shirt closets. I would have to run new wires and I did not want any wires showing. I could get 12 volts from the light in the center of the overhead cabinets and run the New Wires over to each side of the bed to the shirt closets. I discovered that the sides of the shirt closets that I wanted to install the lights on were hollow, so if I could get in there I could run the wires down the side without the wires being exposed. I also found that if I removed the speakers and the center light fixture on the overhead cabinets above the bed, that I would have room to access and run new wiring for the new reading lights.

You can see in the picture access to the hollow section of the overhead cabinets by removing the speakers to gain access to run the new wires. The next problem was to get into the Hollow sides of the shirt Closets so I could run the wires for the lights down the hollow section of the side of the shirt closet to where the lights were to be mounted. I took a hole saw with a short drill bit to drill a 3/4th inch hole in the side of the shirt closet, without punching through the inside. I then used a angle drill with a spade bit to drill through a 1 x 2 board in the overhead hollow space to access the hollow side of the shirt closet. see picture below. I did this through the speaker opening using the 3/4th spade bit and right angle drill.

In the picture above you can see the hole I drilled and ran the wires trough to the hollow side of the shirt closet. I then used a wire clothes hanger straightened with a hook on one end which I ran up from the 3/4th inch hole I had drilled in the side of the shirt closet, and fished the wire down to where the light fixture will go.

in this picture above you see everything put back together and the wires coming out the side of the shirt closet waiting for the new light fixtures to get here. When I install them I will add a pictures of the finished product.

UPDATE

I got the New Light Fixtures in the mail Today a couple of days Early. So I installed the Lights and this is what they look like. They are bright and very good for reading. See pictures below of the finished Mod.

Mel

 

Lights installed on the left and right side of bed on the shirt cabinets

The finished result

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Mel

I am a Retired PC Tech. I love to travel in a Motor Home with my Wife. I am a avid RVer and like to camp and travel. I am a commercial Pilot and hold a Novell Education certificate in Networking configuration and installation. I like to read and like country and western Music.

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