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Old 06-27-2013, 11:49 PM   #21
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pppffffftttt re the poo poohin' the awning lights.

I'm new to this stuff so I wanted some! Soooooo, not wanting to look like everyone else I made my own.

Used solar powered LED lights....a sixty bulb string...and bought recycled shotgun shells. Shoved each bulb down into the re crimped shell and sealed it off with hot melt glue.

I started out with a regular electric strand of lights. Didn't like that I had to run a cord from the outside outlet, under the steps and wind it around the awning arm. T'was unsightly and a trip hazard.

Those flower pot lights have been around for 40 forevers. My mom had one when I was in my teens, and that was way back when old Shep was just a pup.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:56 AM   #22
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That is a great idea. Think I'll show this to my DH.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:41 PM   #23
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I've made a few of these for friends with them only paying for parts. I just like making these for friends. I have so far used orange, white, blue, green, red and camo buckets. The camo buckets just don't impress me, but that's what Paul wanted. I have used the plastic lamp bases with a 1/4" spacer between the bucket inside bottom and lamp base so the cord is not pinched against the bucket bottom. The spacers are available at most big box home improvement stores and are cheap. I have used regular incandescent bulbs, those "curly" florescent bulbs, and for something neat--use aquarium bulbs that are almost like a black-light. I have also used the "1--2" lamp bases that screw into the lamp base and you can mount two bulbs into this adapter. Making the "camping light bucket" so you can store the cord in the bucket is the better way to go. I made the first two with holes near the bottom to push the cords into--not a good idea there. These are so neat and cost me about $18 each for all parts to make.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:55 AM   #24
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Who's gonna go solar with the bucket lights?
Perhaps the changing color ones too?
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:26 PM   #25
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Perhaps the changing color ones too?
I would like to try something like this but not sure the remote would work since the bulb is inside. Might be worth it to buy one and see how it works...
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:57 PM   #26
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Carried one for years. I first saw them used in State Parks and COE campgrounds. I use a work light with a metal protective cage around the bulb. Down here in Texas they are used as much for a bug attractor as for illumination. Set up a little distance from where people are sitting they help draw the night flying bugs and moths away.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:24 PM   #27
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I can see many of these lights throughout the campgrounds. All it will take is for one person to have one and it will pass on to other campers. I'm going to get my DH going on making one for us.
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I can see many of these lights throughout the campgrounds. All it will take is for one person to have one and it will pass on to other campers. I'm going to get my DH going on making one for us.
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Personally I don't like the bucket lights. I do have one of those flower pots lights that I like a lot. Here's a pic, the colors don't come through very well. It's a flower pot inverted.
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Personally I don't like the bucket lights. I do have one of those flower pots lights that I like a lot. Here's a pic, the colors don't come through very well. It's a flower pot inverted.
My FIL made those! I still have one and use it all the time! I love it!!
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