Awning Lights Made Easy, Untangling the Mess
After trying to carry a few awning lights around, I got tired of the hassle of untangling the wires, and connecting the lights by all the little clips every time we set up. This also became a problem in case you have you to get your awning down in a hurry for a thunderstorm.
Here is the solution I came up with to make things go a little easier and faster when needed:
Start be setting up your awning, leaving it low enough to attach the awning light holders, I use these:
Next bent some some brazing wire in to "S" hooks, about 5 inches long:
Then did some math. I have a 16 foot awning, so needed 15 feet or so of lightweight tubing. I used EMT, (metal) conduit used to run house wiring in. It is metal, so easy to paint, rigid, yet light weight. I bought 2, 10 foot pieces for less than $5.00. Then I cut them in half. I only needed 15 feet, so three of the pieces is what I used. I drilled a hole in each end, and inserted a 3/16 inch, 3 inch long "eye" bolt, securing with a nut on the inside of the tubing, using "loc-tite" so it wouldn't come off.
Then I "zip tied" 5 of our lights to one piece of conduit, and 5 to the other. Since my light string is only 10 feet long, I bought another set and used 6 lights from it, cutting the wires and insulating the ends properly.
That gives me 16 lights in 16 feet of awning.
Start by hanging the awning hangers, then the brass hooks, then hang the lights by the middle first. The swing the other ends and hook them in to place, making adjustments as needed. Plug them in and enjoy a grilled burger as DW is doing. Hope this helps some, it did us. The pics are us in the yard, and not camping, but we will be soon.
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