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Old 04-14-2019, 08:53 AM   #1
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Underbody LED Lights boogie lights vs Amazon?

We have the strip under the awning but it gets too bright for our camping buddies which is usually our neighbors. Iíd like to add some underbody color LED strips so we can light up the ground. I see there are lots of choices out there.
Boogie lights $250 for the entire kit
Amazon LED strip. $40?

Anyone have experience with why they are priced so much different?
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Do you have more specifics ie: which "boogeylights" and which "Amazon lights" that you are comparing? There are zillions of possible answers so far.
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I installed LED strips under our awning. They are multi-color, programmable, and dimmable. I leave them on full brightness until about 10PM, then turn them to white and dim to about 50%. Makes a nice nightlight without disturbing the neighbors!

Got my LED strips installed!
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There are waterproof RGB + white light strips. Remote control. They look the best IMHO. Most dimmable.With IR and WiFi remotes. From DIY to expensive RV.and.boats and home kits.
So far I have only just shopped for and watched a bunch vids
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Do you have more specifics ie: which "boogeylights" and which "Amazon lights" that you are comparing? There are zillions of possible answers so far.


Exactly. Iím saying a boogey light rv Kit is $250. I can buy the same strips about the same lengths for $40 off amazon.
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I installed LED strips under our awning. They are multi-color, programmable, and dimmable. I leave them on full brightness until about 10PM, then turn them to white and dim to about 50%. Makes a nice nightlight without disturbing the neighbors!



Got my LED strips installed!


Thatís what Iím looking for. Did you buy anything specific or just general led?
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Thatís what Iím looking for. Did you buy anything specific or just general led?
You need to buy the brightest LED RGB LED strips, which at that time was using the 5050 LED's. There may be something brighter now. Be sure to buy the waterproof strips.
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And please always glamp in RV Resorts among like-minded people and leave campgrounds to those who love and appreciate the wonderful views of the universe.
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Rock lights

I just installed the RGB 8 Pod Rock lights , they were easy to install look great and can be dimmed w/remote ,water proof shock proof and dust proof we will see havenít gone anywhere yet . Amazon for $99
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We have the strip under the awning but it gets too bright for our camping buddies which is usually our neighbors. I’d like to add some underbody color LED strips so we can light up the ground. I see there are lots of choices out there.
Boogie lights $250 for the entire kit
Amazon LED strip. $40?

Anyone have experience with why they are priced so much different?
Could be quality of manufacture, quality of packaging, quality of waterproofing, could just be marketing. Some low priced strips are single color. Some have no remote. Some have no waterproofing. Some are made for mounting inside other housings (I have some zero-protection white strips mounted vertically inside my RV closet corners). Something made for mounting under a kitchen cabinet or the top of the toe space pocket won't have the packaging needed to stand up to road dirt/gravel and road spray (especially the salt spray from road salt used in icing conditions found in the winter in the northern states).

Some are made to last... some are made to last to 1 day past the warranty.

Personally, I'd use 12 volt RGB (i.e. multicolor) LED units mounted in some kind of a durable protective housing then use the rubber-insert cable clamps to mount that under your coach (google the term "adel clamp"). And if I could find it I'd use the so-called "rope" light packaging...

And a remote... I don't need any dancing patterns... my Saturday Night disco days are long over... but the ability to select the color and the intensity would be mandatory...

I'd look at the warranty... if "Manufacturer X" only offers a 90 day warranty where "Manufacturer Y" offers a 3 year warranty that says something about what they think of their own quality level (this is why I spend more $ on disk drives with a 5 year warranty... my friends have been burned by 1 year drives).

And I'd power the new undercoach lighting from a switched circuit so you have a definite "off" function... one of the last things you need is to have it accidentally turn on and show a red or blue halo under your vehicle as you are driving down the road at night... In many areas the local gendarmes look askance at that kind of thing...
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Oh we do turn them off when we go to bed.
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I just installed the RGB 8 Pod Rock lights , they were easy to install look great and can be dimmed w/remote ,water proof shock proof and dust proof we will see havenít gone anywhere yet . Amazon for $99


I saw those and thought about doing them. Do you have any pictures of how they turned out?
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Could be quality of manufacture, quality of packaging, quality of waterproofing, could just be marketing. Some low priced strips are single color. Some have no remote. Some have no waterproofing. Some are made for mounting inside other housings (I have some zero-protection white strips mounted vertically inside my RV closet corners). Something made for mounting under a kitchen cabinet or the top of the toe space pocket won't have the packaging needed to stand up to road dirt/gravel and road spray (especially the salt spray from road salt used in icing conditions found in the winter in the northern states). Some are made to last... some are made to last to 1 day past the warranty.

Personally, I'd use 12 volt RGB (i.e. multicolor) LED units mounted in some kind of a durable protective housing then use the rubber-insert cable clamps to mount that under your coach (google the term "adel clamp"). And if I could find it I'd use the so-called "rope" light packaging...

And a remote... I don't need any dancing patterns... my Saturday Night disco days are long over... but the ability to select the color and the intensity would be mandatory...

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And I'd power the new undercoach lighting from a switched circuit so you have a definite "off" function... one of the last things you need is to have it accidentally turn on and show a red or blue halo under your vehicle as you are driving down the road at night... the local gendarmes in many areas look askance at that kind of thing...


Yeah I would hardwire in with a switch for sure. Thanks for the thorough explanation.
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