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Old 11-19-2015, 07:14 PM   #1
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I like a lot of lights

Wondering if somebody can educate me about what is best for using to give me access to a power source to plug exterior lights in. Can't use generator at cetrtain hours. I like a lot of lights doing Christmas and am new at this RV thing and hope someone can help me light up the place.

Are battery operated lights the best in this case?

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Old 11-19-2015, 07:22 PM   #2
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See what you can find in 12v LEDs if you are dry camping. Otherwise just plug in to whatever outlaw works.

Just be mindful that the batteries need to be charged and, while I love Christmas lights, I also like them off after 10pm or so for bedtime.

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Old 11-19-2015, 07:28 PM   #3
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If on shore power, check your storage bays for outlets. Not sure what you've got in yours, but I've got 2 electric outlets in outside bays: 1 in the wet bay on the driver's side & 1 in another bay on the passenger side. Look on the ceilings of the bays as well - that's where the one on the passenger side is for us. Then just connect your light strings or other lighted decorations with outdoor extension cords.

If you're boondocking, battery operated LED's or plug your lights into outlets on your inverter (if you have one). Keep your house batteries charged.

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Old 11-19-2015, 08:18 PM   #4
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As others have said, LEDs are the lowest power.
It depends on what you are doing with them.

If you get the "chasing" lights, they actually use less power because only 1/3 of them are on at a time.

If you but the led strips, you can also put a dimmer on them.....lower power.

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If you can't use the generator at certain hours that's probably because it's quiet time. Also, please be a good neighbor and don't light up the campground after hours.
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When at a CG, just use the extra 120VAC outlets on the pedestal!
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They make solar powered led Christmas lights now. 2 hours of sun = 8 hours of twinkle according to the article I read.
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Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
If you can't use the generator at certain hours that's probably because it's quiet time. Also, please be a good neighbor and don't light up the campground after hours.
Agree, I always put a timer on any lights I put out so as not to anger the neighbors with bright lights after about 11:00
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Unless you wish to light up the RV park all night long and annoy your neighbors you can use SOLAR lights.

You can also use 12 volt lights

or you can invest in an INVERTER.. But one caution.
Regular old fashion hot filiment type bulbs like we have used for ages do not care if you use MSW or TSW inverters (MSW Is much cheaper)

however.. If you use an MSW (Modified Sine wave)

1: It may mess up radio and/or television reception EVEN IF NOT POWERING THE RADIO OR TV in question,, Including the Radio or TV next door in the case of christmas lights.. (Or not, one can not predict)

And some LED lights do not play nice with MSW inverters.

(I use a Prosine 2.0 for making 120v during my quite hours, 2,000 watts of the sweetest pure sine wave my hardware will ever see).

I also use 12 volt lighting when I can.

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