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Old 10-14-2016, 10:38 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Rope light fetish?

I've noticed more and more people putting bright LED rope lights around the perimeter of their entire RV on the ground. Talk about unsightly and they leave it on all night causing tons of light pollution.

What am I missing here? What is the point of this? Is this some kind of fad? Do people think lighting up their RV like a Christmas tree is pleasing to others?
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:41 PM   #2
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In my opinion you pretty much summed it up well. They see it, they gotta have it.

And I must say, last week we were next to someone with a whole lot of outside decor, lights and such.

They sure did oh and ah when I put that simple fuse in and turned on the running lights.

Less is more sometimes.
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Old 10-15-2016, 01:17 AM   #3
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Rope lights provide lighting without the bugs. Not a big deal in some areas but a huge deal in others. However, it's rude to leave them on all night and unnecessary.
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Curious about the no bugs statement.

Is this only if they are on the ground because flying insects are not on the ground, or if hanging are they also somehow not attracting flying insects?
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Curious about the no bugs statement.

Is this only if they are on the ground because flying insects are not on the ground, or if hanging are they also somehow not attracting flying insects?
LEDS put out a bluish colored light. Bugs don't seen to be attracted to it. I've notice the same thing with the LED bulbs that I have on my back porch.

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Old 10-16-2016, 02:50 AM   #6
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It's probably the lack of infrared and heat with LEDs over incandescent.


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I've noticed more and more people putting bright LED rope lights around the perimeter of their entire RV on the ground. Talk about unsightly and they leave it on all night causing tons of light pollution.

What am I missing here? What is the point of this? Is this some kind of fad? Do people think lighting up their RV like a Christmas tree is pleasing to others?
When camping in the southwestern deserts (Arizona and California) last winter I was told by other campers the LED rope lights keep rodents away from the trailer and tow vehicle during the night. Mice and other small animals will crawl up into vehicles and chew on the electric wires. In many vehicles the insulation on electric wires is soy based and is therefore edible and attractive. The cost of replacing the electric system on a tow vehicle with chewed wiring is thousands of dollars.

Also, in the southwest many rodents are infected with the hantavirus. Lighting under the trailer is purported to keep rodents away from the underside of the trailer at night where they might crawl into the trailer.

My east coast camping friends seem to all use rope lighting for decoration.
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Interesting thread. I am not a fan of the lights however if it was proven that they keep bugs and rodensts away I would definitely use them.
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LEDS put out a bluish colored light. Bugs don't seen to be attracted to it. I've notice the same thing with the LED bulbs that I have on my back porch. John
Well they are certainly attracted to the LED lights inside the trailer and the LED porch light on the outside.
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What the heck, let's be grouchy today. We hang flamingo lights on the awning - that must drive you crazy.

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I had AS install the LED strip (all white) under the awning that is now standard. I have a colored LED strip on the belt line and that goes on with my clearance lights. I do this for a couple hours at night (if in the mood) with a fire or just hanging out at the trailer. It all goes off around 10:00.

Sorry if my fellow campers don't like it. I find it festive 😀

If a neighbor ever came over and said it was bothering them, I'd be glad to shut if off.
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Rope Lights

I don't know if the bugs are out there around the rope lights on the ground because I'm not out there. Soft light up from the ground. We don't hang them, so light pollution is only a problem in our camp.
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When camping in the southwestern deserts (Arizona and California) last winter I was told by other campers the LED rope lights keep rodents away from the trailer and tow vehicle during the night. Mice and other small animals will crawl up into vehicles and chew on the electric wires. In many vehicles the insulation on electric wires is soy based and is therefore edible and attractive. The cost of replacing the electric system on a tow vehicle with chewed wiring is thousands of dollars.

Also, in the southwest many rodents are infected with the hantavirus. Lighting under the trailer is purported to keep rodents away from the underside of the trailer at night where they might crawl into the trailer.

My east coast camping friends seem to all use rope lighting for decoration.
Sounds like an olds wives tale. Anecdotal tales are rarely worth paying attention to.

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What the heck, let's be grouchy today. We hang flamingo lights on the awning - that must drive you crazy.

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But do you leave it on all night, and if you do, why? Yes, a pink light shining at my trailer all night would be annoying. Some RV parks I've been in look like the circus is in town.
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I like the exterior lights, I have a couple of strings. They are turned off at bed time. But like all things there are people that go overboard with it. Common curtesy is no longer very common.
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