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Edd505

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Posted: 01/18/20 08:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can someone explain the fascination with lights on an RV to look like a Christmas tree?? I'm seeing more and more with front cap lights on, under body lights, lights in tree around camp, rope lights on the ground, lights from the awnings, porch lights on. Last week saw one with all the running & tail lights on all night. I know I can't be the only one sees this as annoying.


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This probably started a few years ago with the invention on those cheap, color changing LEDs. We tried the color changing LED strip light under the awning for a few seasons. I was more curious to see if a certain color light was easy on the eye but drew the least amount of bugs while we sat outside.

Not sure what the issue is with leaving a porch light on, it's not like a directional flood light. It's an amber, low watt light that helps the occupants see those black steps when they enter the camper at night. But I'll agree that if you are in the camper for the night, the lights should go off.


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Added under body lights so can see to walk around at night without shining lights at my neighbors. Turn them off when we go in. Don't understand why some folks leave the LED lights on their front cap turned on all night long. Our porch light puts out maybe 10 lumens of amber light. We leave it on when we are willing to accept visitors. Gets turned off when we go to bed.


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Many feel more secure with a outside light but you can see better without. Similar to many campers hearing something outside so they turn on an inside light. Irrational fear of the dark.


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We have a motion sensing porch light that will illuminate the pad area if anyone moves whithin its sight. Otherwise t is dark. If we are outside, sometimes have a string of rope lights on the ground around the pad, but they get turned off early.


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I have no idea, but the plethora of lights is really annoying. I like the dark, and some of these RV parks are brighter than my neighborhood. There's the under-the-trailer light ropes, the front model designation LED lights, the flood lights, the front door lights, the under-the-awning lights, the under-the-trailer LED lights. Seems like more every year, I honestly have no idea what the fascination is with making the outside brighter than the inside.


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Posted: 01/18/20 09:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I prefer the dark, but I do like a small ground light to mark my door and steps, because it's hard to see sometimes.


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I agree...kinda ridiculous.

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We use our under led awning lights and a set of string lights attached to the awning tube. Under awning lights go off at night when we turn in and the string light not bright to begain with is turned way down with a dimmer switch so they give just enough light to see to walk. Others that use a lot of lights don't really bother me that much unless there shinning right at us and I will tell them when they do to dim them or turn them off.


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This thread gave me some good ideas about adding extra lights to a campsite.
Now, can someone tell me how to make all of them flash? [emoticon]

I like the dark and I don't understand why some people want a campsite to look like Las Vegas.

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