Amber vs clear patio light

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  1. CTDan

    CTDan New Member

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    The light above the door on pop ups have either a clear or amber colored lense. Do you have a preference? The amber one on ours gives a weird yellowish glow and I'm thinking of changing it, unless there is a specific reason to keep it that way.

    Dan
     
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    Our patio light is amber and doesn't seem to attract many bugs.
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    My amber lens fell off on the freeway a couple of years back. I replaced it with a clear lens because that's all I could find at the time. I find the clear lens puts off a glaring light. I would prefer the amber.
     
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    The amber lense is less attracting to bugs. And as mentioned, a clear lense would be much harder on the eyes.
     
  5. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    amber LED worked for me, even with an amber lens.

    I ordered the wrong color, used one inside also as my bug light.
     
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    My preference is amber as well although I think might be cool if there was an LED bulb you could have change color from amber to white when needed.
     
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    eoleson1 Well-Known Member

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    I love your idea!!
     
  8. CTDan

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    It would be nice if the patio light had a 12v outlet for lights.
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    On my old popup it only came with a clear bulb and white lens. The bugs were so bad when I used the light Everytime I opened the door I got a slew of bugs in the trailer. It was so bad I never used the light.
     
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    Amber is my vote, for sure!!!
     
  11. Camp JT

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    I replaced my stock amber light with an LED that can toggle between amber and clear, found it on ebay. We boondock exclusively and the clear light really helps pick up chairs and tables when the fire dies down.
     
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    I agree with Camp JT. My Coleman had an amber lens on the patio and I could barely see the step at night. So I replaced it with a white LED light. The lens is still diamond etched so it's not blinding but lights up the ground and step around the camper much nicer now.
     
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    I like the amber color for its lack of bugs compared to white light. We did have the same issue of seeing the steps at the door so I mounted a couple of strips of rgb lights under the frame to add some accent lighting to the stairs. That worked out well. We are lucky enough to have both a white and amber light on our camper, the white light sits directly over our pull out kitchen and the amber is by the door.
     
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    Certainly, this is a Hot Button Issue!

    I've tried both, and I prefer amber because I like the quiet light they make throughout the campground. Motorized steps on motorhomes often have a white light that illuminates the steps and surrounding ground. I'm trying to Keep It Simple, so I'm avoiding adding more lighting outside.

    If you're the creative type, you might drill holes in the bottom of the exterior light fixture and install a few cheap LED's to better light the step area.
     

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