Lights are yummy - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-27-2013, 09:13 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Derek
Trailer: 1973 boler 13', Earlton On
Ontario
Posts: 396
Registry
Lights are yummy

Since I'm rewiring my Boler from scratch, I have the opportunity to put my lighting in wherever I want it. The original Boler came witjh lights on each side of the upper kitchen cabinet. I have heard comments that this light position is near useless. Where is the ideal location for lights? Where would you put them.

One trailer I saw had a shelf over the rear window. They mounted a light to the bottom of this. I have also seen some pictures on this forum with lights mounted behind the fantastic fan trim.

What light position ideas do you have?

Derek

PS It goes without saying that the new fixtures will be LED to minimize power consumption.
__________________

__________________
glamourpets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Derek, I dont have a Boler but on my Scamp I find having a LED three light bar on the underside of both sides of the kitchen overhead bins is far better than the original single light fixtures that Scamp had mounted on vertical surfaces in the kitchen area (one near the sink and the other at the end of the overhead) - in particular the one located on the end of the overhead facing the table area is pretty well useless.

I originally had a light in the roof over the table area but sacrificed it for my Fantastic fan. In hindsight that light was pretty effective and had I not already had a large hatch in the roof forward of it and could have mounted the Fantastic Fan in a slightly different position I dont think I would have sacrificed it. I have though lights on either side of the table mounted under the overhead bins (both two fixture/bulb LED's) that work pretty well for lighting up the table when in use and work well for reading at night. Have also seen a number of Boler's with rear overhead bins or shelves that you mention and lights mounted on the underside that seem to do a pretty good job as well - if I had a rear bin/shelf I would would put a light under it as well.

When shopping for LED's look for a high Lumans rating as that will make or break it.
LED Bulb brightness in Lumens comparison:

A 60 watt incandescent bulb is rated at approximately 800 lumens
A 40 watt bulb is rated at approximately 400 lumens
A 25 watt bulb is rated at approximately 180 lumens
__________________

Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 10:31 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: Derek
Trailer: 1973 boler 13', Earlton On
Ontario
Posts: 396
Registry
Carol, you make some valid suggestions.

One question I ponder is how to light the front bunk/bench area. This spot could potentially be used as a couch area where one might want to read or whatever. I suppose you could add a desk style light, but this is a little awkward. Thoughts?

Derek
__________________
glamourpets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by glamourpets View Post
Carol, you make some valid suggestions.

One question I ponder is how to light the front bunk/bench area. This spot could potentially be used as a couch area where one might want to read or whatever. I suppose you could add a desk style light, but this is a little awkward. Thoughts?

Derek

Well thats a bit of a problem area for me as well and I did try to address it but it isnt great.

If I was doing a major overhaul I would consider adding a shelf or bin over the front bunks with a few LED lights on the underside.

I have a side bathroom trailer & no front shelf or overhead and did install a light on the front wall of the bathroom at the level of the upper bunk and one at the level of the lower bunk for someone wanting to read while its set up in bunk positions. I also installed a couple of small dot led lights on the little wooden wall on the entry door side of the trailer that is part of my screen door frame so I could sit on the couch and read. Unfortunately at night its really not enough light and I often dig out the small LED headlamp to use if sitting in that area to read.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Ed Harris's Avatar
 
Name: Ed
Trailer: 1982 Fiber Stream and 2002 Casita Freedom Deluxe,The driveway is a Dark & Lonely Place now!
Missouri
Posts: 1,776
I circled the entire ceiling perimeter with LED rope lighting and I like it better than anything I have seen anywhere else for me.

I just can not see to do much without light and the small area of light provided by any RV fixture was not cutting it for me at all.
I tried Spots and all other form of lighting but the rope light provides an open diffused and omnidirectional lighting and every dark surface lights up to me now.

I also have mine remote controlled,of course but that just makes it easier to switch on I think.

Mine are 120vac for when I am plugged in but they are also widely available in 12vdc but are a little pricier.

So I combine those with ordinary RV fixtures where needed and it can get pretty bright in my Egg!
__________________
Ed Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Ed how did you secure the rope lights inside the trailer?
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: Linda
Trailer: '77 Scamp
California
Posts: 630
Registry
Do you have any pictures Ed. Sounds really nice but like Carol, can't quite picture how you secured them.
__________________
Otters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 12:55 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Name: Derek
Trailer: 1973 boler 13', Earlton On
Ontario
Posts: 396
Registry
The LED cords are an interesting idea. I too would like details.

Here is one option I'm pondering for the front couch area. $20 from Ikea. I'm not 100% sure where to clamp it, but maybr the mounting point of the couch would be good enough.
Attached Thumbnails
jansjo-clamp-spotlight__0098924_PE240309_S4.JPG  
__________________
glamourpets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Thats a cute light Derik - you could put it in the middle of the curtain rod over the couch as well but the question is where will you plug it in? I have found the more I use my trailer and the longer trips I take the fewer loose/movable items the better.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
My daughter bought a cute light from Ikea. Problem is, when the bulb burned out, Ikea was the only place to get a replacement. Drive for half an hour in each direction and spend an hour in Ikea, trying to find the exit.
__________________
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Ed Harris's Avatar
 
Name: Ed
Trailer: 1982 Fiber Stream and 2002 Casita Freedom Deluxe,The driveway is a Dark & Lonely Place now!
Missouri
Posts: 1,776
Oh that little detail?

I used Drapery hooks in between the carpet and cabinets in most spots and just straight into the carpet in others.
In a few other spots I used wire ties attached to a small block inside the cabinet with the tie itself then sticking out between the cabinet and wall and tied around the rope light.

I will try to get a pic or two but may not be able to Today.

Everyone who has seen it is amazed by the amount of even indirect light it provides but it is not really "Campy" looking either. I need the light and I like a modern look so it is perfect for me though.

Another Casita I know has the rope light inside all the cabinets overhead and the ambient light through the fiberglass provides some usable light that way too. Not enough light for me,more of an accent light really but he likes it and of course it is very bright inside the cabinets!
__________________
Ed Harris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Name: Derek
Trailer: 1973 boler 13', Earlton On
Ontario
Posts: 396
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed Harris View Post
Oh that little detail?
Another Casita I know has the rope light inside all the cabinets overhead and the ambient light through the fiberglass provides some usable light that way too. Not enough light for me,more of an accent light really but he likes it and of course it is very bright inside the cabinets!
Ooo, I do like this idea. It would be particularly effective in the overhead compartments.

Derek
__________________
glamourpets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,407
Registry
I added a double LED fixture in the ceiling of my Escape 17 about even with the sink, and found it is my most used light. A photo towards the end of this link.
Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2013, 06:31 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
I'd put lights every where including the dark deep cabinets! I really like Rob's LED light around the Fantastic Fan trim ring and Peterh's lights here: Converting Scamp 5er Loft or would use something similar because they rotate.
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lights


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Lights, Turn signal lights, marker lights, oh my! glamourpets Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 19 01-03-2013 10:10 AM
LED trailer lights / Non LED lights on tow vehicle Kevin K General Chat 20 11-24-2010 12:05 PM
Beer Dip-- Super YUMMY & EASY !!!! Jessie R. Camp Cooking, Food & Recipes 5 03-11-2009 06:40 PM
LED lights in Original light sockets - tail lights Cam A Modifications, Alterations and Updates 75 02-15-2009 11:54 PM
Yummy! Donna D. Camp Cooking, Food & Recipes 1 02-23-2008 06:01 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.