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Optronics RV Rectangular Porch and Utility Light with Switch Review

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Review of the Optronics RV Rectangular Porch and Utility Light with Switch


Zach: Hey guys, Zach here at etrailer.com. Today, we're going to be taking a look at a RV porch light from Optronics. This is going to be an incandescent rectangle style light, and it doesn't work just for RVs, but it also works well as a utility light on different parts around the camper, but also on enclosed trailers. And the thing that sets this one apart is that you can turn this off with this switch right here, and we have it tied into a light switch on the inside of our campers. So we can also turn it on and off that way as well. So it makes it really versatile if we wanted to move it around and maybe put it above a basement door or on a different part of the trailer that we're trying to light up.

I mocked up this LED light. So you could see the difference between the two, this one's from Optronics.They're going to be very similar lights, but I just wanted you to see the difference between how they looked. The LED has a little bit brighter, cleaner look where the incandescence is a little bit more dull, more traditional look, but they're both going to do a really good job of lighting up the area. I just think the LED is going to do a better job. So it's just being an incandescent light.

Something to keep in mind if you're comparing this to LEDs, is that it won't last as long as LEDs. The filament and those bulbs will burn out. They're a little bit brittle. And I think going down the road, we'll run the risk of them burning out much quicker than the LEDs. The LEDs tend to cost a little bit more and for good reason, because you don't have to replace stuff as often.

That's something I would keep in mind.I wouldn't want to be out on the campsite if I didn't have an extra bulb, had my front porch light not working, but they are really easy to replace if you do have bulbs, you can just slide them back in. One thing to also keep in mind is that they will burn a little bit hotter than LEDs because they're just putting out a little bit more heat. Whenever you go to turn this switch on and off, you will definitely feel that. This has been on for probably 10 or 15 minutes, and it's pretty warm to touch. I wouldn't want to keep my hand on there for very long, but it's not uncomfortable enough to turn the light on and off.And when it comes to the looks of this, it's going to look very similar to a lot of the factory lights.

So this makes an excellent replacement light if you've got one that's broken or you're looking to maybe replace an Amber light with a white clear lens like this. Those Amber lights aren't as bright, but they don't attract as many bugs, so that's something to keep in mind. And it's going to have a measurement of six inches by three and a half by about two inches on its furthest out point there with the depth. That is pretty similar to a lot of lights in this category. So size wise, it's not really anything different.I think the plastic housing will hold up to most things if you're comparing it to other ones, but if you hit it hard enough, it's going to break there's. There's no getting around it. And the same thing with this cover, I've broken these lenses trying to replace bolts before. So it's probably not a bad idea to keep an extra one of those with a bulb somewhere tucked away in the camper because they will eventually break over time. But it's really easy to swap those out. With this light being so high, we don't really lose a lot of light that's not going down to the ground and that's because it has this angled design. And I think those reflectors do a good job of spreading that light out too. So it's not such a harsh spotlight.As you can see, this is going to light up their area directly below us. I think this one does a much better job than some of the others that we've tested out in the incandescent category, but this isn't going to be as bright as that LED. But if you're looking for something that's not as harsh, that's a little bit more subtle, but still provides good amount of light. Whether it's our steps or around a basement door, this is going to be a really good option for you. And especially if you're looking to replace a light, it's pretty easy to install. So let's just show you how we got this one put in place.Now to get this installed, we already have our old light removed. And you can see, we have two wires here that are exposed. And I have confirmed that the black is my power and the white is my ground. Those are stripped back already. And I stripped back the wires coming out of my light. Now, here is one thing that I do have a downfall with this light. As good of a light as it is, it doesn't really line up if you're replacing existing lights as well as some new. And that's because of where they have the wires coming out of there, that grommet kind of sticks up. Now, some will have a little recessed backing plate right there where the wires can kind of lay in there. So you can meet them to a centered hole where your wires would go in, but this one doesn't do it.So it's going to kind of lay a little funny. We aren't going to drill a new hole today because this light is just a temporary demonstration for you. But if you wanted this one to be on there permanent, you could potentially drill a hole there. But I think the easiest way is to reroute this wire so you could take this plate off, drill a hole there, and move the grommet over and just run the wires out of the center of the backing. But for today, it's going to sit a little awkward, but if you wanted to just leave it like this, install it the way we're doing, you could just put a little bit of caulk around the edges to allow it to seal up a little bit better.But to begin our installation, we will attach a couple butt connectors to our wires here. And I'm using just standard butt connectors because this will be going on the inside of the trailer. Heat shrink also are going to work really great. I think it's just whatever your preference is on that. And we'll get those crimped down on each one. Now, these aren't included so you will have to pick these up. Some lights we offer will come with a hardware kit. Those usually are just like a wire nut, like you'd have for your house. And I don't think those are ideal for RVs or trailers, just because I think that they'll eventually. The possibility of them coming loose is a little bit higher, but it is all on your preference. We just prefer to use butt connectors here. Make sure those work there, and I'm going to get these matched up with the respect of wire coming out of my trailer.Make sure those are nice and tight. Give them a little twist so they sit down in the butt connector a little bit cleaner. Get those crimped down. I'll do the same for my ground wire here. I think this light is going to be really good though regardless of the installation issue that we just spoke of, because this is going to be one of the more popular incandescent lights that we offer. Optronics makes really good lights. So once we get it in place, we're only installing at once. If you can get that work around, I think you're going to be okay. So we'll make sure those are good. I'll push those back in.I can show you, you can see it's going to sit just a little bit funny right there, but this is just for demonstration purposes. So I'm going to use the screws that we're in our old light. They looked just fine. So we'll put those back in place and I'm just using a screwdriver to get those put in place. Now, it looks like the holes are going to line up, they're very close. So I think we're going to be okay if they don't, you can just use a small drill bit to get some pilot holes started and then just follow it up with a larger screw to hold it in place. So we can get this last screw put in place.And there's a little bit of space between the housing and that back plate. So we're not like really smashing those wires down, but it's definitely something to keep in mind so we can get this put in place, just pops in there. And you can see where this old light some caulk around it. That's where you'd line that. And then a lot of people like to just do the sides and the top, and they'll leave that bottom opened up. I hooked up power to the camper. We can test this out. You can see, we can confirm that it's working. Now, I think that this is going to be a really good light, especially if you're looking to replace one. It's not too difficult of an installation. You'll just line up those wires. I think that you can probably get past that weird little grommet that sticking out of the back and it still has a pretty decent fit. I would definitely put a little bit of caulk around the edges though, but that's going to do it for our look at the Optronics RV porch light.


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