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Old 03-12-2012, 12:29 PM   #11
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I used to use an incandescent 30' rope light, but switched about four years ago to an LED string that looks like a string of minature sized Christmas tree lights. Last winter, I bought two strings of LED lights in the RiteAid powered by rechargable batteries with a solar charger. We'll see how well these work this summer.

We also use "Bill the Cat" (as we call him) on our picnic table. He's a single, green LED light that's also rechargable/solar.



We call him "Bill the Cat" because he (somewhat) reminds us of the comic strip character in Bloom County.
I have the exact same.cat! Hah!
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:53 PM   #12
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I have a set I found at Walmart.. they look like mini 1950s trailers.. pretty cute.
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I saw a set at Walmart too a solar set of colored maple leaves. Was wondering if solar works well enough though?
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I have 3 sets. The solar led's once used are now primarily for my king pin for safety at night. They stay lit for 8 plus hours with a days sun charging. They are dim and not worth too much for additional lighting. The second set I picked up last year in a box store and are frosted round globes with about 40 on a string. Like the old movie lights. Those lights are great for really lighing up the area when in full service and you want to sit in a bright lit area for games or such. The down side is that they are glass so I rarley use them. My third set which I finally settled on are set of 25 multicolored globes on a simple christmas light string. They are removable so if the set burns out I only need to replace the string. I hang them from the fringe on heavy duty clips in case I need to retract the awning in a pinch.

I use ground solar lights when drycamping.
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Do a search on Amazon for "waterproof led strip lights" they come in 5M (16.4ft) reels. They have a very adhesive back and can be attached to your awning drum when it is extended. There will be a short pigtail that can hang out just outside of your fabric. That way you can jut unplug your lights and roll up your awning. I haven't done it yet but have read alot about people that have. I installed them on my old trailer on the frame rail under the trailer. They will be 12VDC and can be connected to any 12V source, but it may come with an AC adapter to knock it down to 12VDC allowing you to use an 110 outlet. I opted to just by the reel of led's and run a hardwire and switch from battery (fused circuit) to turn them off an on. Some strip LED's come with a little controller for the lights to change colors and speed. Very good light and there's nothing hanging to knock you in the head.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:41 PM   #16
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It never ceases to amaze me what you can learn. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas
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I have some cheesy liquor lights
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Are those clothespins holding up the lights??? LoL
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I have a great idea. If we are talking cheesy lights, how about getting some cheese head lights from Wisconsin. I'm sure somebody makes them up there. Now that would definitely be "cheesy lights".
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Do a search on Amazon for "waterproof led strip lights" they come in 5M (16.4ft) reels. They have a very adhesive back and can be attached to your awning drum when it is extended. There will be a short pigtail that can hang out just outside of your fabric. That way you can jut unplug your lights and roll up your awning. I haven't done it yet but have read alot about people that have. I installed them on my old trailer on the frame rail under the trailer. They will be 12VDC and can be connected to any 12V source, but it may come with an AC adapter to knock it down to 12VDC allowing you to use an 110 outlet. I opted to just by the reel of led's and run a hardwire and switch from battery (fused circuit) to turn them off an on. Some strip LED's come with a little controller for the lights to change colors and speed. Very good light and there's nothing hanging to knock you in the head.

Wow, that looks sharp. I would love to do that to tie into my running lights for bad weather.
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