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- December 14, 2008 at 11:13 pm #12053
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have trouble seeing in the cabinets. The black insulated coating and black shelf mat only adds to light from the rest of the cabin from just disappearing into the cabinets. On solution was to keep a small flash light hand, but this can be frustrating when you need two hands.
Solution, inter cabinet lighting. Pictures may be blurry, wanted to illustrate the illumination.
I found some slim LED light at auto zone, the were actually in the driving light section, don’t think they would really work for that purpose. I mount five of them with double stick tape to the ceiling in the overhead cabinets. The light can be seen in the upper right of this picture.
Mounted a switch next to the main panel near the door. Used a switch with a light so we don’t forget they ar on.
Probably could do the whole project a bit cheaper. This one cost about $80. Lights, wire and switch, most being the lights.December 15, 2008 at 12:27 am #15836
Another great idea ! Had been thinking of the same problem but considering differant solution…ropelights. Available in 18 foot string. But being electrically challenged , wasn’t too sure how to hookup. Hadn’t considered the entry panel!!!! Pure genius !!
Regards n keep the cool ideas coming!!! ChuckDecember 15, 2008 at 12:58 am #15837
Thanks for the great idea. The LEDs make it boondocking friendly, too.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12December 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm #15842
Great idea! I’ve been thinking about adding an LED ropelight myself, but those ‘driving lights’ are probably much brighter. One thing to consider…you could also switch the overhead cabinet lights from one the two spare switches near the door, an idea that Robert shared with me when we picked up our Oliver.
HermDecember 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm #15846
Fantastic idea.. I’m going to start bugging Chris to get on this project. Thank you for sharing!February 1, 2009 at 1:12 pm #16070
Need to add one note. I had an extra light, so I mounted this light in the sewer hose compartment. Ran power from the switch for the light in the outside shower. It make it much easier to do those before sun up dumps.February 6, 2009 at 4:14 am #16113
In looking at the latest literature on Oliver’s website, it looks like overhead cabinet lighting is now a factory option! Before I start reinventing the wheel, I’ll probably call the factory and see what they’re using. I’m sure their solution is better than anything that I’d cobble together in a weekend.
HermFebruary 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm #16125
Sorry guys…I think I jumped the gun on this one. When I first read option list, I didn’t realize that the "LED overhead lighting package" is referring to the lamp upgrade for the puck-style lights. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time, however, until they add an overhead CABINET lighting package to the option list.
So, I guess that means I WILL be cobbling together a cabinet lighting solution sometime this spring…
HermFebruary 7, 2009 at 2:51 am #16132
In addition to cabinet lighting, I also find myself craving a bit of light over the cutting board area, which is where I tend to do a lot of food prep at. Has anyone else felt a need for this or found any solutions?
– CherieFebruary 7, 2009 at 11:23 pm #16141
Cherie, I don’t use the "cutting board" area for much but a shelf or resting area, but I do use a small plastic cutting board placed across the kitchen sink for prep. That helps, as this is a very well lit area. Sometimes I feel lazy, and sit down and use the small table as a work surface… another well lit area.
I do think that the overall general lighting of our trailer could be improved with an overhead light forward of the fan, in addition to the work area lighting. That would also light up the "cutting board" area. (I use the quotes since in our trailer, at least, the cutting board has a finish, and therefore is not really a cutting board.)
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12February 9, 2009 at 2:44 am #16149
Cherie, I can only assume that this cutting board area is a little more useful for you since you opted to delete the microwave. And for those kind of tasks, I can certainly understand your wishing for more light. For the rest of us, it really doesn’t have much practical value as a food prep area, especially if you want to actually use the microwave. So for me, the lighting in this particular area is more or less a non-issue.
HermFebruary 9, 2009 at 3:28 am #16150
Well.. the cutting board area (and I agree.. I’d never actually use it as a cutting board and destroy the finish and look of it) really isn’t an ideal food prep area (even with the microwave out of the way), but it’s just about all we’ve got. We do have a dish drainer with a lid in the sink that can be additional surface area – but it’s not always functional for a stable spot for which I feel comfortable using a knife on. I can sometimes use the double dinette area, but usually there is a Chris sitting there with a computer.
I usually end up with some items laying on the bed while I’m cooking.
The kitchen area definitely wasn’t designed with full time use in mind and ease of actually cooking regularly there. But we manage anyway even if it is frustrating at times to work in such limited space.
An overhead light anywhere forward of the fan would be fabulous. It’d help not only with food prep, but also with lots of other tasks.
– CherieFebruary 11, 2009 at 1:20 am #16165
I have thought the same thing when doing things in the middle of the trailer. The ceiling and roof appear solid in the middle so running a wire doesn’t seem possible. I thought of finding some kind of small light fixture I could mount up on the cabinet, then aim the light to the ceiling, bouncing the light off of the ceiling. Not sure how welll this would work, but it’s the start of an idea.February 11, 2009 at 2:36 am #16166
We’ve been considering a battery powered LED lite velcroed to ceiling(rechargeable batteries of course) but haven’t seen a thin enuff one yet. One over the work area wouldn’t have to be quite so thin. Just food for thought
nFebruary 12, 2009 at 3:06 am #16179
OK, we did it. We put a 3 pivotable light, 4 LED each, 6 AA battery powered in front of the Fantastic Fan. It lights up the "cutting board" area well and at my 6′ 1" height, I don’t bump it. http://www.intellitecproducts.com .It’s up with "Extreme Velcro", the grey stuff and we’ll keep ya’ll posted on whether it stays where it was put, but the lighting is very nice as it can be adjusted somewhat. It cud also be screw mounted or riveted but parrallel the vent.
Also put the 3 LED $1.oo puck lights in 5 of the overheads cabinets…sweet. Also put 2 of the old style 4AA batt closet lights in the big back compartment. Most of the batteries are rechargeable. Will try to get pix posted soon.
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