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Bargman Utility Light with Switch Review and Installation

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Review and How to Install the Bargman Utility Light with Switch

Zack: Hey guys, Zack here at, and today we're going to be taking a look at this incandescent RV porch light from Bargman. This is going to be an amber design, so this is going to do a good job of lighting up an entryway to a camper, but it's also not going to be overbearing with the light. I like the amber look, I think it looks good. What I like most about it is that we have this switch so we can shut it off if we have it tied into another set of lights, or we can simply just slip it on right there with a switch and we can have everything lit up.Now, this is going to be an incandescent light, so it's not going to be maybe as bright as an LED, but I think that this is still going to be a really good option for you, especially if you're just replacing an old light, the rest of your other lights are incandescent. Now, the LEDs will last a little bit longer, will be brighter and maybe has more modern look, but these are going to be a really cost effective way to replace or add an existing light on.Now, we talked about how it has this switch here, but we also have ours tied into a light switch on the inside, since it's our porch light, so this is going to be a really versatile light. With the amber design, I kind of like it up higher a little bit.

I think it would still work out well if you put it down on a basement door, but I just prefer the amber style lights to be a little higher, but that's just a personal preference. With it being up high like this though, it's not going to be like a side marker light. With the angled design and the reflector style lens cover there, it's going to do a good job of spreading that light out on the ground. So it's not losing a lot of light higher up in the ground, it's going to get it down on the ground and light up the area to have a safer entrance into our camper.Now, when it comes to choosing between an amber light and a clear lens light, I think that the amber light has some advantages and disadvantages in comparison. It won't be as bright, it won't light up the campsite as much, but I think that's okay.

If you're looking for something that's more subtle, this is a really good option. It still will illuminate the area to have a safer walking path to get into our camper, but it won't attract as many bugs too. Especially when we have it close to a door, as we do here today, that's really important.Now, when we're comparing incandescent to LED, the incandescent isn't as bright as the LEDs, but that's sometimes okay if you're not looking for a super bright light. They will burn out quicker than the LEDs. The filament in those bulbs tends to be pretty fragile so you will have to replace that much more quickly than you will with the LEDs.

So it's something to keep in mind is keeping a spare bulb in the camper. Also, when you're replacing those bulbs, I tend to break these covers a decent amount. So it's not a bad idea to pick one of those up just in case, so you don't break that while you're switching a bulb at the campsite, and then you don't have a cover on it.Also, the LEDs, they have a brighter look to them, but they are also going to not burn as hot. Especially when we have a switch here, this one's not as hot right now, but over time it'll get pretty warm, but that's something to keep in mind. If you're hooking this up to just some batteries and you aren't hooked up to shore power, these will draw a little bit more power than the LEDs.

So if you have a full trailer of incandescents, they'll drain your batteries much quicker than the LEDs.Now, when it comes to how large this is, this is going to be really popular size, especially with the replacements. It's going to measure at 5 and 15/16 of an inch by 3 and a half, by 2 inches in it's depth. So it's not quite the 6 and 3 and a half inch with the housing, but it's very, very close, so I think it's going to make a really good replacement for a lot of different campers.I have the lights down here in the shop. I've got a little bit of light coming in from the windows next door, but you can see it does a pretty decent job of lighting up the area. It's not overbearing, but it does give us enough light to safely get into our camper. And it's not too difficult of an installation, especially if you're just replacing an old light. So let's just walk you through how we got this one put in place.To get ourselves set up for the installation, I removed our old amber light that we had on here and I stripped back my wires a little bit. These are the wires that we're running off the factory light. I've tested them out, I know my black is my positive, my white is my ground, so we need to keep that in mind when we're hooking them up and we'll just attach them to the respective black and white wires coming out of our light. I went ahead and took my lens cover off as well to access my mounting holes. And I'm just going to attach this with a standard butt connector. You can use heat shrink if you'd like, but since these are going back into the camper, just going to use standard butt connectors.Some lights will come with a hardware kit, if you're comparing some of these. It's nice that they include those, but usually it's just wire nuts, like what you'd use inside your home. And those are okay, but I think that this is ideal for our application because we're going to be going down the road and I think these just hold up a little bit better. I just want to make sure we're getting a nice secure fit. Get those wires twisted up so they don't get splintered out whenever I put them inside this connector. Then I'm just crimping them down once I get them in place. And I will match them up to these wires. Get those tucked away in our wall.You can see there's this little recess backing right here, that's where our wires can sit so we're not putting a lot of pressure on once we get this mounted to the side of our camper. A lot of the times these holes will match up with existing ones if you're swapping it out for a factory light. I can see it is pretty close, so we're just going to run those same screws that we had in to our existing light. We'll swap those out. There weren't any markings on it, I don't think it was Bargman, but it looks very similar. It was just an old amber light that we had on here, the lens cover was a little different, but the housing's very similar. That's what's really nice about this style light, they're almost universal.I'm just going to get these hand tight, no need to over tighten, you definitely want it sitting as flush as possible. But what we can do when we're done with that, we're not going to do it today, but you can see there's some markings around it where you can put some caulk around the outer housing of your light. I think a common technique is to leave the bottom side undone, so you'll caulk around the top and the sides, and then leave that bottom opened up, so if any water does happen to get in there, it'll have an area where it can kind of drain out. We'll get those tight and then I'm going to get my lens cover put on. Say those are pretty tight. We'll go get this tested out.Now that I have power hooked back up to the camper, we can test this out, confirm that it's working and you can see that we're good to go. If you're looking for something that's pretty straightforward to install, especially if you're looking to replace a light, this is going to be a really good option for you, but that's going to do it for our look at the amber colored RV porch light from Bargman.

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