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Posted: 04/06/12 08:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The family and I do a lot of dry camping. I use a portable flood light and just plug it in. I want to add some lighting to the outside of the RV that doesn’t look bad. Has anyone ever added some flood lights or some type of lighting on the outside of the RV? I would like to find something to mount out there and have a switch just inside the door.

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Posted: 04/06/12 08:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a similar question my trailer has some round outside lights like to change them out for some bright ones if available as a direct bolt in. ED


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Posted: 04/06/12 09:00am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you talking back-up flood lights or security lights or just to have light at night. I use lights around my awning and rope lights under the coach on the passenger side. a switch on the outside wall is difficult to do without messing something up, but you will find most of if not all the inside walls are hollow, so that would be the place to add a switch. Some coaches come with a spot-light on the roof, that might be a way to go.


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Posted: 04/06/12 09:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking to add some outside lights for cooking at night or just hanging out. The little porch light just doesnt cut it. And the flood light that i bring is really bright and I would like to make it easy. I dont want to use any lights on the awning since i dont use it as much as i would like.

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Posted: 04/06/12 09:26am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For outside lighting, use LED lights for two reasons. One, they draw very little electrical current, which minimizes the battery drain and two, LED lights do not attract bugs, which is a big plus if you are going to be sitting outside.

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Posted: 04/06/12 09:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LED sounds good, but which lights? Where do i get them?
How and where would be a good place to install them?
I just would like 2 for the outside and to run a switch.
Would i just wire them straight to the battery?

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http://store.jandsrvparts.com/rvscarelights.html

Try this website, they have some great options.

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Posted: 04/06/12 10:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rgatijnet1 wrote:

For outside lighting, use LED lights for two reasons. One, they draw very little electrical current, which minimizes the battery drain and two, LED lights do not attract bugs, which is a big plus if you are going to be sitting outside.


I agree with using LED lights wholeheartedly. But, unless you buy the most top quality LED lights with specifically designed reflective housings, 95% of most LED lights and or just bulbs will not throw off enough light to satisfy the OPs desires.

Now, this will most likely be a debate as some are satisfied with the light output of LEDs in certain situations and some aren't. Don't get me wrong here, I've been messing with LEDs for quite some time now and in fact, have changed about 85% of my interior light bulbs and all of my compartment light bulbs to LEDs. But, I've tried to find LEDs that produce the same light array, distance etc. for outside lighting as their counterparts and like stated, many just don't cut the mustard.

There are a few out there that will do the job but, for what the OP is looking for and some others here, they're way, way too expensive for those purposes. Here's one that will knock your socks off and certainly do the job.

http://www.clearwaterlights.com/infopg_krista.html

I have changed my porch light bulb from a standard 1156 to an SMD, 45 LED, Tower light bulb. This is considerably better than the stock bulb. Much brighter and absolutely ZERO heat out put. Plus the added benefit of next to nothing in electrical draw. It does put out some good light on the ground around the side of the coach in the immediate area of the porch light but, it doesn't go much farther than that. But, as usual, it's a fairly expensive bulb, around $22.00 and is exceptionally bright when looking directly at it.

I too would love to have some night time light for general purposes on occasion and not destroy a set of house batteries trying to accomplish my goal for a short time. I'm constantly on the lookout for LEDs and housings that will take on the task without breaking the bank.
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Posted: 04/06/12 10:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the post..
I think I have a good idea of what I can put on the outside of the RV for lights.
Next would be how would I run the wires?
Let’s say I put the lights near the roof of the RV.
Where and how could I run the wires?
Remember I want to run them to a switch right in side my door which is just behind the passenger seat. I don’t mind connecting them to directly to the house batteries.

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I just use a rechargeable Black & Decker fluorescent work light. Turn if off when I'm done cooking. Don't want the neighbors getting mad at me for to many lights. I could get carried away with lighting real easy.


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