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Old 12-08-2019, 10:22 AM   #1
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Scare Light way too bright

We have a 2013, 25' FC and have found the scare light to be obnoxiously bright. I'm looking for ideas to either hood the light so it doesnt flood the entire campground or to install a dimmer. Pouring through thousands of forum posts hasn't yielded many ideas...
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Old 12-08-2019, 10:30 AM   #2
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Wow, mine was so dim on our '2012 Airstream class b that I installed a brighter led one with two settings. A lower yellow light and a brighter white light setting. But it is a bit bulkier than the one it replaced.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-volt-RV-...72.m2749.l2649

A dimmer switch would be nice and not too hard to do in your case. Can you easily get the cover off to see if your current light is incandescent or led? If incandescent, almost any dimmer should work. If led, you may have to replace with a dimmable led bulb and an led compatible dimmer.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #3
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scare light

There is a thread that is 5 pages long about this prob. on forums. Title is reinventing the scare light. Type this in search box it will bring up google, scroll down for this title will show for air forums.
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Old 12-08-2019, 01:06 PM   #4
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There is a thread that is 5 pages long about this prob. on forums.
Here's a link.

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Old 12-09-2019, 11:16 AM   #5
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What's a scare light?
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:24 AM   #6
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You can get a blue lens for it at Vintage Trailer, I think. When camping with lots of friends, we tell them that when the blue light is on, it's party time, otherwise, leave us alone!
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You can place layers of photo filter material under the lens to cut down on intensity and change the tint if you like.
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Old 12-09-2019, 12:56 PM   #8
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Here's another link about shading the scare light: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f542...el-192527.html. I used this for ours: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Amazon has another, similar product that is not mirror polished: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LCRRYQS...01NAJBWV1?th=1.

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Old 12-09-2019, 03:59 PM   #9
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What's a scare light?

The scare light is the one on the side of the trailer. Scares away critters.
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Old 12-09-2019, 04:06 PM   #10
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Here's another link about shading the scare light: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f542...el-192527.html. I used this for ours: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. Amazon has another, similar product that is not mirror polished: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LCRRYQS...01NAJBWV1?th=1.

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scare light cover on mine

I got the blue cover from vintage. I also switched out the bulb to a led, the original bulb started to melt my scare light cover.
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Turning "scare" light friendly and useful

Here is a (fairly) quick fix for the overly-bright exterior scare light.
Needed: 1) Stainless steel pet dish with 5 1/4 interior rim width, 2) Small roll of 3M two sided exterior "gel"-type tape (Home Depot). Great stuff for all kinds of outdoor projects!, 3) Replacement LED bulb (www.superbrightleds.com - 1157 LED Bulb w/ Stock Cover - Dual Function 36 SMD LED Tower - BAY15D Bulb - Warm White) works well for us.
Process: 1) Remove the clear cover and replace the old bulb with the long-life LED bulb, 2) Reattach the cover and seal with caulk or whatever, 3)Cut down one edge of the dish (I used a circular metal cut-off tool), 4) Attach the cut-down dish around the outside of the light frame, with a thin strip of the two-sided tape.
That's it. Works great. No new holes to drill.
If I were to make another one, I'd make the cut-off slightly smaller - to reduce the glare even more.
I'll try to attach several photos.
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If you don't currently have an LED in your scare light then maybe someone put an 1156 bulb which is brighter than the 1141 that might have come in it. Take the lens off and check the number on the base of the bulb and replace it accordingly. They have a single contact in the base.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:26 PM   #14
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The 1156 bulb produces 36 candlepower vs. 21 for the 1141 by the way.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:38 PM   #15
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Here is a (fairly) quick fix for the overly-bright exterior scare light.
Needed: 1) Stainless steel pet dish with 5 1/4 interior rim width, 2) Small roll of 3M two sided exterior "gel"-type tape (Home Depot). Great stuff for all kinds of outdoor projects!, 3) Replacement LED bulb (www.superbrightleds.com - 1157 LED Bulb w/ Stock Cover - Dual Function 36 SMD LED Tower - BAY15D Bulb - Warm White) works well for us.
Process: 1) Remove the clear cover and replace the old bulb with the long-life LED bulb, 2) Reattach the cover and seal with caulk or whatever, 3)Cut down one edge of the dish (I used a circular metal cut-off tool), 4) Attach the cut-down dish around the outside of the light frame, with a thin strip of the two-sided tape.
That's it. Works great. No new holes to drill.
If I were to make another one, I'd make the cut-off slightly smaller - to reduce the glare even more.
I'll try to attach several photos.
3M also makes golf club grip tape that is 2 sided that is very strong. I use, to put 2 pieces of wood together when turning w/lathe, have to pry apart it is also weather proof. For cutting dog bowl you can also use dremil tool. nice job & good info how to do.
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Simple , change the bulb to a # 67 it’s half as bright . It’s used in the license light .

Or change the bulb for a led equivalent to the original and change the lens to amber.
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What's a scare light?
We don't have one on our International Serenity.

So first time I heard about "scare lights", I had no idea.

Guess critters are too zen to hang out outside of a Serenity....????
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We have a 2013, 25' FC and have found the scare light to be obnoxiously bright..
Umm, that's the idea.
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place a piece of yellow/gold nylon cloth inside under lens if it is an LED so it won't get too hot. I have it in all my bright white interior light fixtures. Really helps and is simple.
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We have a 2013, 25' FC and have found the scare light to be obnoxiously bright. I'm looking for ideas to either hood the light so it doesnt flood the entire campground or to install a dimmer. Pouring through thousands of forum posts hasn't yielded many ideas...
Hi- i just rebuilt a vintage and used an led license plate light as an entrance light. I then used the scare light of sob as my dinette light ,but changed the bulb to 2 led's. Worked out great with lots of light over the dinette and just a subtle entrance light outside. Just another idea
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