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Old 04-19-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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No Amber Porch Light

So . . . I just returned from the first weekend camping trip with my new Jayco - 2015 32 RLDS. Everything worked just fine! But I saw one drawback.

Although the LED light strip beneath the awning provides plenty of light for eating, playing cards, etc, it draws lots of bugs to the door and is really too bright when I just want to sit by the campfire in a dimly lit setting. My last trailer had an amber porch light just outside the door. That was perfect lighting for campfire time and attracted few insects.

There isn't any 12V wiring near the door that I can find (inside cabinets, etc,). I've thought about a battery powered light I can attach outside, but I searched the internet, and nobody seems to offer any such product.

Anybody have any ideas?? Or know of some place to order such a light?
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:00 PM   #2
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I love the LED light strip. Though I rarely leave it on. We still utilize the old coleman gas lantern outside. Since the mosquito's here in Alaska are known to carry away small animals we also utilize Thermacell repellant units. This keeps all the bugs away.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the trailer above the shower is an amber light, which I would rather have a clear lens there. As well, I cannot figure the logic of why they went to all LED's inside the TT and the LED light strip outside under the awning, an LED on the power jack, but left regular incandescent bulbs on the amber light above the shower, and in the accessory light on the front of the trailer behind and above the hitch....
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:31 PM   #3
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……...Since the mosquito's here in Alaska are known to carry away small animals………
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Man, I need to get out more. I still can't picture the word "Mosquitoes" and "Alaska" being used in the same sentence!!
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Man, I need to get out more. I still can't picture the word "Mosquitoes" and "Alaska" being used in the same sentence!![/QUOTE]
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The common side joke here in Alaska is that Mosquitos are the unofficial state bird. They are very very thick during June and they are unusually big compared to mosquitos from the lower 48.

Texans like to say everything is bigger in Texas. Alaskans like to remind Texans that we can cut Alaska in half and make Texas the third largest state. We can even cut Alaska into thirds and make Texas number 4.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:16 PM   #5
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I know the amber lights do not attract bugs quite as much as do the white lights, but I still find them flying around the lights.

I do the same as NVgun, I use the classic coleman white gas lanterns and place them out on the perimeter and let it draw the bugs away from the trailer
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:01 PM   #6
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Did you know, you can get amber globes for your old Coleman gas lanterns?

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Old 04-19-2015, 09:19 PM   #7
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I miss my amber porch light too. The LED awning lights are just too bright, although I have just ordered a dimmer for them. I do have an amber light below the door, but it is only on with the awning lights. On my to do list is: 1. Install LED dimmer. 2. Split circuit and have awning and amber stair light on separate switch. 3. Install amber porch light.
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:49 PM   #8
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I also miss my amber porch light. It was "just enough" sometimes. We love the light from the strip, but sometimes it would be nice just to have a little bit of light. I don't know how to add one, though.
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From what I've seen those LED lights aren't used that often. People we visit with from here and there prefer the warm glow of the fire or just a lantern. It's too bright to watch TV outside because the TVs are mounted on or very near the TT or RV and it's like looking at a billboard. I can just see a new rule " lights out at 10 PM".
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2 Saskatchewan Canada mosquitoes were seen carrying off a human baby. One mosquito said to the other one "should we eat him here or take him back to the bush first?" The other said "Better eat him here if we take him into the bush the big guys will take him away from us."
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