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Old 07-26-2021, 08:50 PM   #1
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Camp lights on your rig ..... Yay or nay?

I just put new awning fabric on my TT and wanted some extra light. Fall is right around the corner.
I picked up a 13 ft Cool white neon strip and mounted it under the 15 ft awning.
I didn't want to be "that guy" with the bright blue or purple lights so I went with functional and practical cool white.
I won't be leaving it on all night.
I can always turn on the porch light and shut these off if it's too much also.
What's the protocol.... in your opinion?

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Old 07-26-2021, 08:58 PM   #2
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Looks good. BTW, I am that guy with a blue LED lightstrip under his awning. The factory installed white one fell off going down the highway a year into ownership. I looked online and a replacement was around $100.00. I found the blue one on Amazon for $60.00. So that what I bought.
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If I were your neighbor it would annoy me. The word garish comes to mind. The lights are way too bright and way too white. About 10% that bright and around 2,500 deg instead of 6,000 on the color temperature range would probably make your neighbors much happier. On the plus side you should attract all of the neighborhood bugs.
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Old 07-26-2021, 09:23 PM   #4
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I'm parked next to my lit up garage in that pic .
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It all depends on where you stay, who your neighbors are, how close together everyone parks, how late everyone else stays up, how cranky they are . . .

I've been places where those would fit right in. I've also been places where people would be knocking on your door at midnight asking for you to turn them off. You need to be able to "read the room."
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Use the light when you need to see to cook etc, turn it off when you donít. I dim mine way down when just hanging with friends outside the camper. All outside lights turned off when we hit the sack.
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It all depends on where you stay, who your neighbors are, how close together everyone parks, how late everyone else stays up, how cranky they are . . .

I've been places where those would fit right in. I've also been places where people would be knocking on your door at midnight asking for you to turn them off. You need to be able to "read the room."
I've been in some campgrounds were the campers are lit up like something from National Lampoon. Lights under the rig, around the picnic table, down the sides of the campsite. It is hideous. But a strip of lights on a rig is always acceptable.
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We were always satisfied with our porch light.... plenty of light.
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At our local-owned home improvement center in the weeks preceding xmez, the staff dedicates a yuge section to xmez trees and ornaments, including tiny towns and train sets.
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In the days following the holiday, all that seasonal is marked down.
I acquired several strings of all different colors.
Full-time live-aboard, everything we use runs on rechargeable-battery power.
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These colored lights (may hypnotize, American Woman) operate on a pair of AA batteries.
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These colored lights (may hypnotize, American Woman) . . .
That was cruel. Now I'm going to be humming that for a day or two. (Sparkle someone else's . . .)
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We usually camp in wooded sites. We leave our awning light on and have a string of LED rope lights around the base of the camper. If you're asking opinions, I think that light is fine while you're out there, but I'd turn it off after quiet time.
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Bowtie Jim,

Do your lights project themselves horizontally or are they focused down?

Horizontal focused lights, in my humble opinion, are the problem. They light up the camper next to you and it makes it difficult to see the ground when walking facing the lights.
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I have the white factory led strip along the awning. I don't use it unless I need to mainly because it draws too many bugs that rush in when the door is opened. I mainly use a multi color rope that I can hand up in the rafters of the picnic table cover if there is one or up in the popup awning. I can set just about any color and I can dim them down to hardly nothing. I don't leave them on all night and I try to not be so annoying to others with them.
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My van has LED strip lights under the awning, but out at the end, not at the van. They're too bright, and that garish blue-white LED color, and not dimmable with the factory Firefly panel, but they work and when I need light they're nice to have as there are no other lights on the outside.

But as others have suggested, when it's quiet time, it's dark time too, IMO at least. I only use them when I need them, like for walking the dog before bed. Sitting around the propane fire pit doesn't require any light other than the flame. And if I roll in the awning just short of fully retracted, it actually does dim them a lot. All the way in pretty much blocks it all, so when I need just enough to work as a porch light, I just crack it open.

It wouldn't bother me if you were parked next to me and used them, but it would be real nice if you shut them off at night.
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