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Old 07-01-2016, 11:26 PM   #1
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Outdoor lights at night

How important is it to leave any outdoor lighting on throughout the night time while you are asleep in your RV? Perhaps it is a matter of preference for safety, looks, or to prevent burglary. We have been in some RV parks that are well lit with street lights. However, just the opposite, we have been in parks with little to no street lighting. It's curious what other campers at doing. Currently, we keep our outdoor lights off once we go to sleep.

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Old 07-01-2016, 11:48 PM   #2
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I keep the one, single, porch light on when we turn in, around 10pm. When I get up in the middle of the night to go the bathroom, I turn it off.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:33 AM   #3
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Depends on how afraid of the dark the folks in the rv are! We have a rope light on a timer if we're staying a while, but normally no lights on. My sons kids though are all very afraid of EVERYTHING (thanks to their mother), so when they are with us every light in the place is on all day & no way are they going outdoors after dark.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:44 AM   #4
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i have now found out that I may keep the small porch light on. After 2 "unsuccessful attempts" taking my dog out in the middle of the night and the flashlight not working for him. You would think a dog wouldn't be scared while out in nature.

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Old 07-02-2016, 08:38 AM   #5
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I went to LED bulbs in my outside lights. Entry side lights usually on 24/7. Porch light for safety and scare light for security. It lights up my boat. Other side of rv is well lighted at night.


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Old 07-02-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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We turn the entry light on before dark, so if we leave the camp site for any reason we don't return to a dark camp site...Once it is on we usually just leave it on until morning...
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Old 07-02-2016, 09:31 AM   #7
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We leave ours off at night. I purchased these battery operated motion sensing lights. They have a bracket that has double sided tape or can be screwed to a wall. The back of the light also has magnets to stick to metal without the bracket. Work great
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Old 07-02-2016, 05:43 PM   #8
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Thanks for all your responses. I do like the idea of motion lights. Always great to hear of others ideas and thoughts.

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Old 07-02-2016, 08:27 PM   #9
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When we're boondocking I leave the porch light on. In an RV park I shut them off so they don't annoy the neighbors.
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:25 PM   #10
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I always turn the outside lights off when I go inside.
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Depends on how tight the sites are. If we're really close to the next site, we turn them off. If the sites are wide; they're on.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:29 AM   #12
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When we turn in for the night, the lights are always turned off.
That way there is never an issue. It's simple enough to turn them on again if they are needed.
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:47 AM   #13
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Buy yourself one of those solar powered proximity lights. On my old Greystone, I placed that right next to the upper porch light.

These lights have an ON-OFF-AUTO switch. In the AUTO mode, they will come on only in darkness and when something comes into their motion detection range (about 15 feet, if I recall correctly). They will go off after about one minute unless motion is again detected.

They can be installed using screws. I chose to use industrial strength hook-and-pile (Velcro) so you can remove it for towing, etc.

I think they run about $20 on Amazon.
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Never just one good answer. If you try to think like a thief, do you leave them on to scare them away or leave them on to show off all the goodies they could take?
We leave ours off after shutting down for the night, although, I guess it can depend on whether you're hooked up to power or relying on batteries. Now with my recent change to led's, maybe we might leave them on more often.
I do like the IR portable units and think that's really the way to go.
I'll do more research on picking a couple of those up.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:49 PM   #15
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Thanks for the good ideas and thoughts. I guess it is a matter of preference. One thing I did notice this past weekend was that the awning LED lights attract all sorts of bugs/insects.

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When we turn in for the night, the lights are always turned off.
That way there is never an issue. It's simple enough to turn them on again if they are needed.
X2! If we need to go outside for something at night we will either use a flash light or just turn the porch light on. If we are out and about and wont be back till after dark then we will leave the porch light on till we get back then turn it off or just use the remote from the truck to turn the porch light on when we get back to the camp site.
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