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Old 02-21-2024, 07:05 PM   #1
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I went a bit overboard with the new porch light

We have had our '75 Argosy for ~3 weeks now and one thing that has bugged me is the porch light has/had a retrofit LED setup inside it that was angled wrong and not very bright from 2013 based on the label on the circuit board.

So, I ordered some square 3500K LED boards with 12v drivers on them and modeled/3d printed a housing for them to go in the stock location.

This is just a test fit tonight, but I'm pretty sure 3x boards is overboard for what it needs to do.

I'll either back off to 1 or 2 for the next test. I have a few more changes to make on the 3d print to angle it back toward the trailer a bit more and try to recess it even more. I may also get some elliptical flood lenses to spread the light to the sides.
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Old 02-22-2024, 12:11 AM   #2
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Very nice! I sympathize about feeling it's a bit much. I had a just-barely-too-bright LED above the door when I had my Argosy, and I found myself turning it off a lot when I was sitting outside. I find barely-too-dim more satisfying, but I'm fairly light-sensitive and picky about that kind of thing. I have flashlights with dim settings for walking the dog in campgrounds, e.g.

Deeper in the recess will probably help a lot with scatter toward where campsite picnic tables are, etc. One nice thing about the Argosy light position is that it's generally out of your direct sight line, and snugging the light source back into that enclosure will enhance that, while still getting some indirect scatter off the painted surface.

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Old 02-22-2024, 07:18 AM   #3
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I ordered a replacement LED from LED4RV that has three focused LEDs that fit in the over the door housing. It was very bright so I ordered a frosted lens and some Roccolux Congo Blue Theatrical gel and now I have plenty of blue light that does the job without annoying the neighbors. Links:
Frosted lens:
Congo Blue Gel (or pick any colour you like):
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Old 03-31-2024, 10:49 AM   #4
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I did back it off to 1 LED puck with an elliptical flood lens. So much better though there is some color shift due to the lens but it's not really an issue. I 3d printed multiple iterations to get the best angle/position to keep the light controlled. When the door is open, it lights the step and entry very well.
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Old 03-31-2024, 11:04 AM   #5
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I picked up a set of Monster Luminescence 12 bulb pak. They are dimmable and color changing. Looking forward to trying these out this week.

I will hang them off the awning.

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