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Old 04-14-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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Has anyone found they have very insufficient lighting under their awning?? We like to sit out under the awning at night but we have no light on the outer wall of our motorhome. We have a yellow light above our entrance door but that's it. Has anyone out there installed lighting in the wall of the motorhome itself? We have a pull out grill, sink/countertop and can't see when grilling at night...any suggestions?? thank you--
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:25 AM   #2
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Has anyone found they have very insufficient lighting under their awning?? We like to sit out under the awning at night but we have no light on the outer wall of our motorhome. We have a yellow light above our entrance door but that's it. Has anyone out there installed lighting in the wall of the motorhome itself? We have a pull out grill, sink/countertop and can't see when grilling at night...any suggestions?? thank you--
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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I have found that rope lighting is a simple solution. I can move it at will and provide task lighting wherever I desire it...
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Old 04-14-2005, 11:35 AM   #4
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The rope lighting works very well, some of the patio lights are ok too.
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Old 04-14-2005, 05:35 PM   #5
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I "third" the rope lighting. It is easier to mount on the awning than alot of the string type lights, is less fragile, and can be moved around if necessary. We bought a dimmer type plug that plugs into the 110V outlet on the outside wall of the coach and plug the rope lighting into it. that way we can adjust depending on the "mood"!!
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Old 04-14-2005, 06:12 PM   #6
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I "fourth" the rope lighting suggestion.
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Why I thank you all for the above suggestions and I think I will try rope lighting! lol! Thank you all for your responses!
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I too have used rope lighting and have also installed a security light on the wall of coaches when the refrigerator is on the patio side. You can carefully drill a hole thru the wall at the refrigerator location and use that vent chase as a means to get 12 volts for the light. A switch can be installed on the bottom edge of a vent cover recessed vent hole. Wished I had taken some pictures as it can discribe what would take many words. Oh well, like they say hind sight is 20/20.
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Old 04-15-2005, 08:02 AM   #9
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Heady,the rope lights are a great way to go. The clear ones give off more light then the color one. As mentioned if they are to bright you can use a dimmer.

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Camping World sells a ton of lights that run in the track of the awning. The wife wanted some lights that she could play cards outside at night. (Nevermind the tons of insects they draw) Not to be dissuaded, I got the "globe" lamps (all six) and installed 40 watt bulbs in them. The first time we turned them on it dimmed the power grid in the park! But she sure liked the light until the bugs came. We now have 10 watt bulbs. Just enough light to feel comfortable and just enough to find the rig at night.
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Old 04-16-2005, 06:56 PM   #11
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Well, it's definately off to Camping World for rope lighting! The responses were great, and thank you all...I guess they can just clip somehow...??
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Not to be dissuaded, I got the "globe" lamps (all six) and installed 40 watt bulbs in them </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
First time we used ours we put them on as we left our camper and went visiting a couple rows down, thinking we would have light when we came back. Once it got dark, the campground owner was afraid planes would land, (and he could see his electric bill going sky high) so he turned them down for us (Oh my goodness, when we tried them in the dark ourselves, we couldn't believe it LOL!). Since then, DJ, on this board, built us a dimmer, and we seldom have them on high. I love them, and I love that we can have them up bright to play games, and down dim for mood.
A friend bought us a gift of this gadget from Walmart which is the ultimate in laziness. We plug the lights into it, before the dimmer, and once we get in the trailer, we can click our lights off without going outside. We can also turn them on, if someone comes to the door. Our awning also came with lights that are always there, and they hook into own patio light..but we seldom bother to hook them up.
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Use the plastic awning light holders that go in the awning track. I used the lartge "S" hooks. They will snap over the rope lighting and when you remove them, leave the snaps on the rope lighting and remove both from the plastic tabs. You still need to remove the plastic tabs before you put your awning up though.
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You got to have Tacky lights.......
We have Bud lights of bottles and frogs, and of course being honorary TX boomer's we have some flamingos too.

The lights will help, you dont want it to bright, or you can't see the stars.
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