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Rear step light

Post by minky58 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:20 pm

The courtesy light in the rear step on my 1990 Tailsman GL does not appear to be operated by a switch to the door. I can only switch on/off manually. Is this correct? Seems odd to me if it is.
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Re: Rear step light

Post by rogerblack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:30 pm

Our Pollensa has one in the hab door footwell that you swivel one way or t'other to switch on, is yours similar? I wouldn't expect a hab door light to have a door switch as it could remain on all the time the door was open, which could be for hours on end in the summer and this would flatten the battery. But I guess it wouldn't be a difficult job to add a door-mounted switch, similar to the one used for the alarm circuit. Or maybe a magnetic proximity switch might be easier?

What we have is one of these mounted by the back door, which also comes on when I get up in the night. Have the same in our ensuite loo at home:

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Re: Rear step light

Post by roli on Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:34 am

The standard step light fitted (bulb in a rocker switch) is not a lot of use so I ran an led strip down the side of the door surround, took the cable through the wall and wired it to the existing rocker switch after removing the bulb - result we have an effective step light.
Idea copied off Murphs van of which there may be photos somewhere on the forum

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Re: Rear step light

Post by whisky on Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:12 am

Hi Minky58.

The black swich in the door frame of your van is part of the van alarm system and not connected to the habitation door entry light that just switches on and off manually. So your van is as it should be. up!

Cheers. Whisky. champagne

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