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Old 03-27-2018, 03:28 PM   #1
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Camp Site lighting soft lighting

Maybe it is the wrong section: but Im tired of buying string lights and they are too bright.

Im looking for some lights to run around the awning that is a nice soft glow and candle level. I want soft yellow lighting to make a presentation of good welcoming ambiance.

Ideas?
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:34 PM   #2
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This is my sort of thing (I own a mobil disco and do stage lighting as a hobby).


If your to go to the extreme there are waterproof LED strips available from Aspect (among others) that have custom controllers that let you dim the lighting. You can get them in several colors or multicolor. You won't need a power supply if you run them off of 12volt as the power supply simply takes you from 110 AC to 12v dc. All you need is the controller.


Now if your going to that much trouble I recommend getting the RBGA (Red Green Blue Amber) version of the lights which will give you better pastels than RGBW (Red Green Blue White). With the dimming feature you will be able to really get the effect you want. Be advised though that the RBGA will need 5 conductor wire where a single color will use only two conductors.


If you REALLY want to go all out get a wireless DMX controller and you can control add belly lights and put on a real light show!


If you want to get stupid expensive talk to Boggie Lights. The specialize in RV colored LED lighting and can do anything you want very professionally if you have the bank account to afford it....


Or you can go the cheap route like I did and get the $22.00 16' LED string from WalMart for the belly and not even use the lights on the awning. It makes for a very nice color changing (glowing) light that is not bad at all since you usually can't see the bulbs (that is the real trick of lighting is to have it indirect --if you can't see the source at all but only the glow it will give you the effect your looking for--us too very romantic.....). I have a recent string under upgrades/improvements section of this forum on this very subject.


Good luck. With whatever you decide.
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Old 03-27-2018, 06:44 PM   #3
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These guys have been well used for lighting by me in the past. Good stuff. A simple set of yellow mini lights and a dimmer would be cheap. Call them if you want something already dim in a yellow LEAD.
https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/browse/?q=yellow+LED
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Old 03-27-2018, 10:14 PM   #4
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Man you guys rock!


But - I want to expand upon my request.

I don't like rope lighting, I want exterior lighting spaced out. But i don't want it bright.
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:02 AM   #5
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You could spray paint the bulbs in your pic. Pick a color you like and do a light coat. If it's not enough just keep adding coats until your happy. By the way those lights are pretty cheap at Harbor Frieght.
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Just get a dimmer
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Old 03-28-2018, 10:39 AM   #7
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Since we are on the soft romantic lighting subject I will mention that WalMart also has some inexpensive battery powered LED lighting that is great to set the mood. Just set them in quart jars or old lanterns....sets the mood real easy
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Old 03-28-2018, 01:39 PM   #8
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Awesome everyone. I will give it a try
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Awesome everyone. I will give it a try
Hey your down in PanamaCity. Give us some good campground reviews!!!!
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:17 PM   #10
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We have used a dimmer we bought from Lowes to adjust the level of light we wanted. We used the big globe balls attached to the awning on our last 2 TT`s with the above mentioned dimmer, without issue.

Now our new unit.....I CANT even reach the awning without a ladder, except right beside the door using the top step, enough to tighten the clamp down to put it on a tilt if I needed to.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:44 PM   #11
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Im going to attempt a dimmer and see what I can do. I may add some quick connectirs to the awning and light string that I can attach with simply a hook at the end of a broom handle.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:08 AM   #12
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I have the big globes and would like a dimmer. What kind did you get, is it wired to an outside outlet or is it made for outdoor patio lights?
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:13 AM   #13
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We use the table tiki torches for our soft lighting.
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Old 10-19-2018, 09:22 AM   #14
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I know you specified no rope lights, but I permanently attached two 18' strings of blue rope lights under each frame rail and added a switched receptacle inside the belly to plug them in and be out of the weather. It provides a soft blue glow on the ground from about the rear tires on forward around the front and back to the tires on the other side. They stay attached to the frame rails, so no stringing lights from awning to whatever and having the mad dash to remove them if a storm comes up. As fre1fred2 stated ... we also use tiki torches for outer lighting. The $4 metal torch stakes found at Wally World or say Menards work well to hold the torch holders anywhere we want except of course concrete pads. I also added a length of color changeable LED's under the awning rail as many have or the newer RV's come with. Dimming the LED's and going with orange color cuts down on bugs greatly.
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I know I mentioned this place months back and they are out of stock at this time but these are great for what the OP was wanting. Very low key not bright yellow rope LED lights. I put them up in the ceiling corners of an outdoor living area and they provide a nice subdued glare free lighting to the 200 sq ft area. https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p...21606--891.htm
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I have the big globes and would like a dimmer. What kind did you get, is it wired to an outside outlet or is it made for outdoor patio lights?
search plug in dimmer at AMZN. And use bug lights. Search 40 watt a19 yellow bug light.
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