This post provides information and tips for installing LED strip kit M12r from DITRIO.
There is a user manual inside the sales package of our LED strip kits.
But if you need an online version, then you can read this post.
The manual inside our packages and this post offer essentially the same information.
The difference is this post has been optimized for better user experience when you read it online.
It’d be helpful to read it before installation.
Better to simulate and verify your install ideas first.
In case you need help, pick a way from the back cover of this manual to contact us.
Typically, we can help you with:
- additional items
- tips for installation
1. Packing List
This package includes the items listed below.
Please double check before installation.
If you find anything missing or any issues, contact DITRIO to get all necessary items ready to install.
1). 4 x 12.7” LED strips
2). 4 x 8.7” LED strips
3). 4 x 4.7” LED strips
4). 1 x 1-2way splitters (AWG22, for power supply)
5). 2 x 1-2way splitters (AWG24, for splitting 4 zones)
6). 4 x 1-3way splitters
7). 2 x RF remotes (key fob + panel remote)
8). 1 x Velcro sticker for remotes
9). 2 x ring terminals
10). 1 x double sided adhesive for control box
11). 1 x DC 12V control box
12). 1 x instructional booklet
It’s good to simulate installation first.
If you need additional parts, refer to the information included in this booklet. If you need custom parts, contact DITRIO to see whether it’s possible.
2. Specifications & Parameters
- Material: Silicone
- LED model: SMD RGB 5050
- Input Voltage: DC 12V (Workable between 10-15V)
- Wattage: Maximum 50 w
- Service Life: 50,000 Hours
- Control Method: RF remote, effective within 30 feet
- Standard Wattage per LED: 0.2 w
- Maximum current: This value is dynamic, depending on the colors, modes, and brightness that you’ve set.
- Solid white color: 0.5 – 2.0 A
- Other solid colors: 0.3 – 0.9 A
- Flash, Strobe, Fade & Smooth: 1.0 – 2.0 A
Always use the kill switch to turn off the LED kit when you don’t ride your bike.
Especially for days and weeks.
This helps you prevent battery drain.
Generally speaking, this LED kit is water resistant.
You can install it on vehicles that go outdoors.
However, the water-resistant ability varies depending on a specific part, due to technical reasons.
- LED strips: IP68, made from waterproof extruded silicone and they still work even if you dip them into water
- Fast locking connectors: Water-resistant, better to use electrical grease to fill the pins if you ride in the rain frequently
- Control box: Water-resistant, but the cover has gap to let sound waves in for its music mode. Hide it under your seat or in the side cover; keep it away from the rain and keep it dry when you wash your bike
- Kill switch: Water resistant, so better to keep it dry and avoid liquids
- RF remotes: NON-water-resistant, and keep them away from liquid water
4. Test before Installation
First of all, do a lighting test before installation to make sure everything is fine.
- Find a power source with DC 12V (typically the battery of your bike has this voltage)
- Connect the red wire to the positive and the black wire to the negative
- LED strips will go on after you turn it on by pressing the push button on the kill switch for the 1st time
- Keep the red wire, and black wire connected, use the blue wire to touch the positive
- Check whether LED strips go red, and this is for the brake light feature
- After you confirm everything works correctly, simulate installation to see whether the wires fit all your target spots
- If you see a problem, contact DITRIO team
5. Conceptual Wiring Diagram
Primarily, the conceptual wiring diagram demonstrates the position and relation among different parts.
It helps you understand how to connect parts correctly.
Below is a list of components indicated with numbers on the wiring diagram.
① Control box with attached copper wires
② Kill switch with a push button
③ Signal wire for brake light feature
④ 1-2 way splitters x 3
⑤ 1-3 way splitters x 4
⑥ LED strips x 12, 3 sizes
⑦ Battery for power supply
You don’t have to install LED strips exactly the same as this layout.
Adjust the positions/connection of LED strips to fit your bike, if you have a different installation concept.
You can add additional items to this system too.
It’d be good to map your layout and check wires’ length before installation.
Make sure you have all the necessary items in your hand.
6. Flexibility with 4 X 1-3Way Splitters
Flexibility is important. You can decide whether to use all the wires and which spot to reach.
For this reason, we include 4 pieces of 1-3 splitters in the package, so you can freely decide where pigtail wires should spread in 4 directions.
7. Daisy-Chain LED Strips
For some cases, it’d be good to use LED strips of daisy-chain design, which means they have connectors on both ends.
With LED strips of this design, you will be able to link 2 or even more together.
Or you can extend the strips to a longer distance from a daisy-strip, rather than from the control box, which can save wires.
If this design sounds like something for you, please check this package on Amazon.
It comes with 4 daisy-chain LED strips:
- 2 x 8.7 inches
- 2 x 12.7 inches
Put 2 x 12.7” LED strips under the tank and extend to the front wheel from there
- Run the wires under the tank for a cleaner look
- It should save you time too because you wouldn’t need to take the tank off
- Meanwhile, use 2 x 8.7” double-sided strips to on the frame of your bike
- That would be a good setup for the back end of your bike
8. Adding LED Strips – Pack of 6
It’s a common practice to add more LED strips to your system, which increases the overall brightness.
If you buy 2 LED kits and install them for only 1 bike, consider to set them up in this way:
- Install with 2 control boxes – one for the back end, and the other for the front end of your bike
- Hook up the blue wire for the back end only, then LED strips on the back end will go red when you brake, while the ones for the front end will remain unchanged
- To make it easy for control, sync a remote to a 2nd control box – in this way, you can use 1 remote to control 2 LED kits
9. Long LED Strips – 36 Inches
For some vehicles, especially larger ones like trikes and trailers, it’s good to use some longer LED strips for their underbodies.
They give off more even light and simply wiring for the same installed length. This is also a good setup for golf carts.
10. Shortening LED Strips
Besides adding more LED strips, you can also cut them short to fit narrow spots, using your scissors or cutter.
There are 4 copper points between every 3 LEDs, and there is a line in the middle.
Cut a strip on that line and this won’t damage the strip and won’t cause malfunction either.
Take the cap and use silicone glue to cover the strip again for waterproof purpose
Don’t cut among the 3 LEDs; otherwise, those 3 LEDs – as a module – won’t work anymore
Remember to take the cap to seal the end you cut
11. Extension Wires – 2 Feet
Bikes have different sizes and it’s flexible to install LED strips.
Meanwhile, it’s impossible to design wires to fit all bikes.
It’d be good to have some extension pigtail wires to for your install.
- If you need custom extension wires, contact DITRIO and tell us how long the wires should be
- More than happy to make them and send you to complete installation
12. Extension Wires – 4 Feet
For some longer bikes, like Harley Davidson Road King, Freewheeler & Bagger, and Honda Gold Wing etc, it’d be good to have some longer extension wires.
Typical examples are for LED strips under saddlebags and for trailers.
Scan this QR code for a package of 4 x 4 feet extension pigtail wires.
13. Brake Light
If you prefer to use this feature, all LED strips will go red when you squeeze the brake. In this way, you will be more visible in a longer distance at night.
Pick a point on the wire leading to your rear brake light after the switch, NOT before
Two videos on YouTube may help you find where is the wire leading to your brake light (they are examples, and bikes have different designs, so please find the right information for your bike)
Harley Brake Switch Diagnosis
Harley Davidson Maintenance Tips – How to Test a Rear Brake Switch
Consider using a stripping free connector, and it can make your connection easier
Better to use electrical glue/tapes to seal the connection to protect the cutting point
Don’t connect the blue wire to your battery; otherwise, LED strips will stay on in RED
There is another way to use the brake light feature, which means LED strips remain off during your ride, and they only go red when you brake.
To do this, turn off the LED kit by either remote
Don’t turn it off by the kill switch (attached to the control box), keep it on till you stop riding
Built-In Blinking Effects
This LED strip kit comes with 2 additional flashing effects for the brake light feature.
By default, all the LED strips come solid red when you squeeze the brake if you have connected the blue wire to the wire, which leads to your rear brake light.
Now it has 2 optional flashing/blinking styles built in the circuit. You can decide whether to use them and which one to use.
The 1st one is to make LED strips flash as an additional brake signal, and you can adjust flashing speeds using the 2 brightness buttons
The 2nd one is that LED strips flash in a combination of flashing and solid red:
- flash 3 times in 1 second
- stay solid red for 2 seconds
Check them in this way:
a. Squeeze the brake and keep all LED strips working in the brake light mode
b. Meanwhile, use the 24-key remote and press the button for music mode (the 3rd button from left to right of the 1st row)
c. Press this button one time for one lighting style
d. Release the brake once you decide which lighting style to use
The circuit board will remember your choice automatically (but don’t turn the LED strip kit off by the kill switch until 15 seconds later – the circuit board needs time to save your setup into the chip).
If you are not sure, squeeze the brake again, and you will see which style you have chosen, and you can choose another style too.
Feel free to contact DITRIO if you need help for the correct configuration.
Especially, if the description is difficult to understand, feel free to contact DITRIO for a brief video for demonstration.
14. RF Remotes
Both remotes in this package are RF technology.
It means you don’t have to point them at the control box directly to make them work.
Just press a key on either remote.
You can hide the control box for a clean look and waterproof purposes.
A useful tip for increasing batteries’ service hours:
- Press remotes’ buttons quickly for adjustment
- Do NOT press and hold any button
- Short presses use battery dramatically less than long presses
This keychain fob has 18 solid colors, which are available by the 1st – 18th presses on key A:
- Red, Dark Blue, Purple, Green, Yellow, Ice Blue, Orange, Purple, Light Green, White, Cyan, Light Purple, Blue, Ice White, Warm White, White, Ice Green and Yellow Green
You can put the lights into flashing and fading modes by pressing key A for the 19th and 20th time.
The key B is mostly for changing lighting effects.
It means after you select a color by key A, then you can use key B to make the light flash or fade.
Below are 2 tips that can be useful for this keychain fob:
- To change the brightness for a color, press and hold key A for 3 seconds
- After pressing key A to put lights in flashing/fading mode
15. Sync & Resync Remotes
In case you replace either remote, you will need to resync it to your control box before you can control the LED kit again.
Sometimes, if you find the remotes are not working, probably it can be an issue due to losing the frequency.
It can be helpful to resync them to the control box.
Procedures to resync the 24-key remote:
a. Switch on / give electricity to the LED light strips (use the kill switch, not either remote)
b. You will notice, the LED strips flash, and then they goes off automatically
c. Next, they come on again by themselves, and this this is the time for synchronizing
d. First, press button Brightness Up, and then button Brightness Down one by one within 3 seconds
e. Notice that LED strips flash for 2 times if correctly resynced
Take the same procedures to resync the 4-key remote
Just replace the 2 brightness keys by the A & B keys
If you miss the 3 seconds for resyncing, don’t press the buttons repeatedly.
But power the system off and try again from the beginning
If you have an old RF remote from another brand, you may not be able to sync it to our control box
It’s the same logic for ours, and very likely don’t work with a control box from another brand
To make RF remotes work, you will need the right programs and circuits inside control boxes.
Otherwise, they won’t sync to each other.
The LED strip kit comes with a pre-installed PCB fuse.
This new design of DITRIO offers an additional protective factor – heat, besides the current.
The purpose is to prevent a rare condition when the LED strip kit has a minor short circuit (like by a single copper thread).
The fuse can still detect it and react by measuring the accumulated heat.
The regular fuse in the package is a spare part.
Use it when your LED strip kit may not work and you believe it has a short circuit.