Hey Ron, have you seen the LED strip lights mounted under the awning? I am thinking about them but the cost is real high and I am afraid the strip might come lose or what happens if several LEDs go out. They mount to the side wall just under the awning. What do you think?
If done right, an LED light strip would be awesome. I think it would offer much more & evenly distributed lighting. In my Ebay search for my project, I stumbled on outdoor application light strips and I don't think they were terribly expensive either. LEDs do seem to be very robust in regards to electrical punishment. It is the manufacturing process, environment & mechanical punishment that is of concern. Even my 5 meter LED strip had a bad circuit, I suspect from an LED placed backwards or from a bad solder joint. For me it was easy to cut that circuit out and allocate the pieces into the project.
One thing I should mention. The 5 meter light strip is actually many sections soldered together, guessing around 15" per section. It wasn't a problem for my application. I first tried to work with non-spliced sections but quickly decided to use them without that consideration. The splice is done very well. Though the spliced area does not lay perfectly flat for the adhesive, it is too small to be of concern.
Like you say, what happens if the light strip comes loose from under the awning? Maybe we could come up with a redundant/robust attachment method as a back-up to the adhesive backing. Our 2007 2350 has the older 14' box awning. I wonder if I could mount a light strip to the underside of it instead of the RV wall, and screw on some kind of retainer every 12" or so for assurance, of coarse making sure the screw tips do not threaten the awning inside.