Let their be light (up top)

One of the nice things about eBay and the US Postal Service is that things show up pretty quick.  I received the marker lights I ordered Sunday today, Wednesday.  I had some time after work and before it got too late, so I took advantage of it to get the lights installed in the front and mid section upper areas.  For the most part it went smoothly and all of the lights are bright and working great.

This first picture is the rear marker LED’s.  The brake lights are about 5x this bright when they fire off.  It’s looking really good back there.2016-03-23 21.06.19

This is a sideview of the driver’s side showing the upper front, mid, and rear markers along with the midship side marker.  The additional side markers are not hooked up right now.2016-03-23 21.04.06

Here is the curb side, sorry it’s a little blurry.2016-03-23 21.03.44

And here is the front of the coach.  There are 5 lights across and two Beehive markers.  One of the less pleasant things I found up there were some hornet/wasp nests in the space where the windshield wiper arms live.  I made a note to myself to watch out for angriness® when the weather improves and the coach sits for any length of time.

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I need to do the 3 rear red markers and the high stop/marker lights.  The evolution of middle stop/marker lights is pretty interesting.  As I understand it they tested several approaches in the US before settling on the middle light that is now somewhat standard on passenger vehicles.  At any rate, they don’t do any harm and they increase the visibility for vehicles following me so I am going to keep them and upgrade them to LED’s.  I had to order aluminum plates and those should be in tomorrow via UPS.

As for the lights themselves, I had ordered some Maxxima mini markers and when they came in I concluded they were entirely too small for a retrofit project.  They will probably be good for something, just not this project.  I wound up ordering some Optronix LED’s which were $6/ea including free shipping.  It’s amazing how inexpensive these lights are getting.  I ended up using a pair of them for my upper mid markers because I thought they would put off a decent amount of light.  I was right and it saved me some money in the process.

I will use the red mini markers as rear side markers to upgrade the lighting to current regulations.  This is not required, but it makes good sense.  I may recycle the Amber mini reflectors somewhere along the side as well.

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