External LED strip lights - more than just "pimping your ride"?

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  1. The Lobster

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    I saw a motorhome at a CCC site recently (Moffat, as it happens) with a string of blue LEDs all the way down the top of each side - on the outside. Whilst this looked very impressive at night (they were on whilst parked up) is there any practical reason for this that I've overlooked - the only thing I can think of is to help in finding your way back to it in the dark?

    --Andrew
     
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    Because they have bought every other gizmo they can think of?
     
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    I would think it would attract the mozzies.
     
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    Good point - according to a popular search engine flies are three times more sensitive to blue light than yellow light.... last thing you'd want in Scotland, from my experience :( - unless they were actually part of a clever mozzie trap?
     
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    I have mounted (stuck!) Two long strips of white LED's to the under edges of our awning. Powered from the supply to the external awning light it gives two close strips of lights when awning is wound in or when wound out it provided a whole lighting array over the entire awning area ( and beyond). I can alter the brightness of the output to suit the mood and use and can even have it all flashing or strobeing if I want to wake everyone up!!
     
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    I just like lights :D
     
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    We too have a strip under the awning. Much better than the original light, remote controlled for when you get back in the dark and looks good. Not sure why you'd have them on both sides thougg
     
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    We have a strip under the van to help illuminate the step and use LED strips around the inside of the van and a other outside for illumination. We can change the colour and brightness to give a bright working area or a chilled relaxed zone.
     
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    I have lights on the front and back of mine and use them for driving at night, I even have them inspected and certified every year
    Hows that for a light fetish;)(y)
     
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    Did they have Leopard skin seats and gold taps as well ?
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    you can take the showman out of the circus.... etc

    That's what they remind me of.. a fairground .. vans tarted up like fairground rides.. complete with 9 mt flag pole with flashing LEDs ..

    light pollution on sites has been hotly debated on several other forums..

    some go away to escape the noise and bustle ... looking for a bit of peace and quiet ... others to have a party .. the two will never be compatible..


    Fairy Lights are the new gennies ..
     
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    Meeeooowww

    Because its their van and they can.:cool:
     
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    Perhaps they're like @chaser
    Too much lectrickery, trying to use it up before the sun comes up the next day?
    :rofl:
     
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    they paid to have them,and so they use them,and why not,their van their lights
     
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    Partly because I had a load left over and partly because when I first tried it out and opened the awning I thought it would look better with another strip on the opened end. Looks great and gives a very even light throughout the whole awning....
     
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    We have LEDs but we turn them down when others are nearby unless there is light pollution from campsite lights etc. We don't have them shining towards other people and don't have a flag pole - if the campsite is already bright with lightss, I don't find them too intrusive but would be disappointed if I'd found a dark pitch to enjoy the stars and found my view interrupted by flashing lights.
     
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    i doubt the led's are the new gennys,never knew a led would make a racket when turned on.
     
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    Sorry I thought the op was talking about a strip down the right and left side of the van
     
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    You would never catch me fitting led lights to my bike....


    errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
     
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    we have blue leds on the front and the slide out, thinking of fitting them to the awning , but ones that change colour
     
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