Saturday, September 30, 2023


When hooked up to power, how long do you typically leave your porch light on?

Do you like to leave your porch light on through the night? Or do you hardly ever use it at all, maybe just when a guest shows up late at your front door?

Many RVs these days come with built-in exterior lights, some bright. For some RVers illuminating the RV park is very cool; for others, it’s just plain annoying.

What’s your general policy about your porch light, in particular? Your comments are invited.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


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3 years ago

Can’t even remember ever using it. People leaving their porch lights on late into the night, or all night is one of my pet peeves. When I go out camping I love to to see the night sky and star gaze and night hike in the dark. People leaving their lights on takes away from that and wipes out the night vision. I also like to leave my shades up when I’m in camping areas so I can see the night sky and stars when I’m in bed, but hate the porch lights glaring into my rig at night, disturbing that and my sleep. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE turn your darn porch lights off!!! I go camping to get away from all the light pollution of cities. Please don’t bring the city with you!

John T
3 years ago

Never used the porch light in the 2 years I’ve been on the road.

3 years ago

I chose Other… since I’ve got a motion sensor porch light. I leave it on all night, but it doesn’t shine all night.

3 years ago


Michael Moore
3 years ago

Why in the world would you want to leave your porch light on all night?

3 years ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

When you’re uncomfortable about staying in an unknown campground. We are currently in an isolated City campground. It seems quiet. It’s directly across the street from a prison. All-the-same, this is one condition we leave the lights on all night. The vast majority of other sites, we hardly ever turn it on.

3 years ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

To irritate every nearby camper?

3 years ago

Only leave porch light on when going in or out. Rarely leave it on all the time we are gone. Those who leave it on all night should assure its not shining in someone else’s window.

3 years ago

only on when i need to find something after sunset or to put things away for the night. I really like the night sky and hate the new LED ribbon lights under the awning on my new trailer. My ’75 Avion has just a small yellow light at the door that I could leave on all night

Tom H.
3 years ago

Only use porch light when outside and needed. Usually leave very low/soft lights under awning on when we’ll be returning after dark.

3 years ago

We rarely turn it on because it attracts bugs.

3 years ago

Thanks for this editions “Reader Poll” question. It reminded me my porch light bulb blew out and I need to replace it.

3 years ago

We use motion sensor lights, one at our entry door and one over the driver’s side service bay. Switch is always on but the light only comes on when it detects any movement which includes very windy nights.

Cheryl Bacon
3 years ago

Most of the RV’s in the park we are in right now have a light on all night. Besides those lights there are street lights, lights on is all the RV buildings and all the pedestals have lights that go on at dark.

3 years ago

I have a motion activated porch light. I typically leave the switch on all the time.

3 years ago

Long enough to take the dog out.

3 years ago

Only when outside.

JERI Lessley
3 years ago

We are rarely hooked up. I have a motion light by the door.

3 years ago


3 years ago

We mostly use it when we are coming back to the RV. But sometimes when we are just outside.

3 years ago

We installed a solar lamp above the door lock that is a motion light. Only use the outside lED lights when outside.

3 years ago

We rarely turn on our porch light. Only when it is extremely dark and we want to find or do something out front or near the nose of our 5th wheel. Leaving porch lights on all night, especially in an RV park where parking is close to neighbors is not a good thing. We have had times when the light coming into our bedroom window from such lights has kept us from going to sleep.

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