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Old 07-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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Anyone Have Outside String Light Ideas?

We bought a new 12 x 12 canopy ( Coleman Instant Canopy, 12' x 12' - Walmart.com ) instead of a awning & thought some string lights would be fun to hang. Does anyone have some pictures or links on where to find decent ones? I have seen the beer mugs.. camper style. Thanks in advance!
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How do you like the Coleman awning?
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Scubastan48.. we really like the Coleman canopy. It sets right against the Scamp. Wish it was a little higher but we just put some wood blocks under it & it goes just over to keep the rain out.

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One comment about lights. They are nice to sit out under and talk. We use rope lights and find that they have just enough light to see your wine glass. They are not nice to other campers when you leave them (or your porch light) on all night. Some of us like darkness when we sleep.

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Old 07-11-2012, 10:28 PM   #6
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Have two sets of the lights that Tom referred to, one set from Amazon that I converted to 12 volt, other set I got at Walmart that is 110. Amazon has others, I think I've seen some that look like airstreams but you could convince people they are really fiberglass campers.
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:41 AM   #7
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We have a trouble light chandelier that hangs in the middle of our screen house. I made it from a trouble light, bug bulb, and beads to match the camper. We do have those camper string lights that we got at Walmart, but we don't use them much. We do also use rope lights down the tie-down strings to keep from strangling ourselves as we walk past. We got the rope lights on clearance after Halloween.


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Old 07-12-2012, 06:37 AM   #8
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I like Cindy's idea and recall seeing a picture of it. I need to do something similar for our screen house as we will be spending a lot of time in it this winter when it gets dark early. We have the Eureka Northern Breeze screen house that has flaps to close it in and we use a Mr Heater to warm it. It has an external frame so not sure where to run the wire. A lantern on the table doesn't work good because the light is right in your face. For now we have a round LED hanging tent light from Walmart. I have a couple heat lamps from when we raised turkeys, wonder how that would be to sit under on a cold day. Bob
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:25 AM   #9
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well since you have the coleman conopy,,you have no choice really,,,you have to use the "coleman lantern" awning lights,,,, you can get them at miejers.
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These work great, low power draw, nice warm light. LED C6 70 Light Set - Warm White | PartyLights.com
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I have solar lights I bought at Target. I needed two sets to go around the top of the canopy. They are not brite lights but I like them to find the camper when I go out at night or sitting near the fire. They stay on all night. I also have two single burner colman mantel lights that use the little gas tanks. I leave one sitting on the table outside and the other I hang in a nearby tree. I don't like them to close to the camper because lights attract the bugs so bad. I turn the colman lights off at night.
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We have a trouble light chandelier that hangs in the middle of our screen house. I made it from a trouble light, bug bulb, and beads to match the camper. We do have those camper string lights that we got at Walmart, but we don't use them much. We do also use rope lights down the tie-down strings to keep from strangling ourselves as we walk past. We got the rope lights on clearance after Halloween.


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Picture of chandelier please!!!
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The chandelier is posted here: UHaul Glamper !. It has an extra long cord on it that we wrap around the screenhouse post and run it down to our surge protector. It is the main source of light usually, although I did buy clamp lamps for our chairs, and we do have the camper string lights and the rope lights that we use on the tie-down strings. Most of the time, we just use the chandelier and the rope lights (These are a necessity! We used to always trip on or strangle ourselves on the screenhouse tie-down ropes until we added these.).


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We have the Coleman Max 10 x 10 and it just fits our scamp 13ft. with both sections of leg extended it goes high enough to be above the door rain gaurd. Do have to stake it really well so a strong wind can not knock poles against camper. That extra 2 ft on a 12 x 12 would be nice.

Especially like the way the roof support poles arch up, thing that wrecks most of these canopies is water collecting along edge, which then sags and collects more water, until weight of water causes a total collapse.

We may purchase a foam water pipe inulator, the ones with the slit to wrap around pipe, cut in half and slip them over poles as a bumper, just in case.

No help on the string lights, don't want to bother with storing or set up. No real interest in decorating campsite. Did see the little coleman lantern lights, cute but just not my thing. Have considered a couple of solar led walk lights to mark the canopy ropes at the outside corners.

I'm another one that puts my coleman lantern out away from the campsite if I'm using it. I generally just need enough light to not walk into stuff.
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