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Anybody out there using these?

High Power RGB LED Weatherproof Flexible Light Strips - WFLS-RGB | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

I'm thinking of replacing all my incandescent and florescent with them.

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Re: LED lights

Just bought similar strips off Ebay and replaced my flourescents. Used about 10 feet of strip where 2 flourescents were located. Its MUCH brighter. I put red lights in one, white in the other.
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I bought something similar, and much cheaper, into my engine space (centercockpit and rather large). A wonderful upgrade that eliminates dark spots. Not sure I would like them in the accommodation space unless they were set up to provide indirect lighting. I did this by putting similar LEDs into fluorescent housings after tearing out everything but the switch. Works well.

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Re: LED lights

I see a lot of people promoting super bright, but I don't think any of there lights are regulated. As long as you buy extras as they tend to burn out with power spikes and dips I think you should be OK. You might want to check out DealEXtreme as well, they will likely be cheaper, and you can get extras. They have great cheap flash lights as well. They take a while to delver though as they ship direct from China.

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If you want higher quality bulbs check these guys out as well. I think everything they sell is regulated so you should get longer life, and more consistent light output. They are more expensive but not as bad as the Sensi bulbs that I just could not justify, no matter how well they may work.

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I have been thinking about making my own regulation circuits, but seems it is really more effort than it is worth unless you are going to make large quantities. I am pretty good with a soldering gun, but I think my time might be worth the couple of dollars it would save me. Just make sure you choose warm, and in the kitchen you might want to make sure you get High Color Rendering bulbs (High CRI) as they will make the most natural colors, otherwise it can be hard to tell when things are done. Some LEDs make everything look the same color, so it is hard to tell brown toast (or muffins, pancakes etc) from burnt! Especially true for meats rare/medium/well done all look the same.

With the multi-color you can turn your boat into a disco!

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Re: LED lights

I don't see any mention of colour temperature which is a bit of a worry. Circa 3000k is as high as I want to go in any living space. Doesn't matter whether we are talking Incandescent (usually 2700) , halogen and fluorescent (for residential applications usually 3000) or LED.

When it comes to so called High Output LEDs a couple of things. Higher colour temperature lamps will appear brighter than lower, brightness however is not everything. It is also relatively common for LEDs to be run over voltage which does make then run brighter but as per MiataPauls post also reduces lamp life.

One other aspect of LED to be careful of is heat. While LED lamps do not put out a lot of heat the electronics can and do. Cramming them into very small unventilated spaces can and will reduce lamp life and could possibly be a fire hazard. I much prefer to have the strips enclosed in an extrusion, preferably with an opaque lens, cuts down on light output yes, but makes for a very comfortable light.
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Re: LED lights

You mention colour temps... 5700 is the temp of our sun.. anything below 5000k -should- be yellowish.. but as all things are you need to be below 4000k to really notice it.

I have used Superbright in a car with no detrimental effects. low power will not kill an LED, but too much will shorten it's life.

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You mention colour temps... 5700 is the temp of our sun.. anything below 5000k -should- be yellowish.. but as all things are you need to be below 4000k to really notice it.

I have used Superbright in a car with no detrimental effects. low power will not kill an LED, but too much will shorten it's life.

I go by my own experience which is that anything over 3000 is too white, I emphasise for my liking.

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Re: LED lights

I don't disagree with you. It is easier to get the correct colour temps with incandescent than with flourescent and especially LED.

To get white LEDs to output any sort of meaningful light, you need to mix in some blue, this is why most LED "white" light tends to be bluish

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Re: LED lights

My neighbour has been using one with a solar panel attached for anchor lights, for about a year. They work well, and are still shining just before dawn.
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Anybody out there using these?

High Power RGB LED Weatherproof Flexible Light Strips - WFLS-RGB | Top Emitting | Flexible LED Light Strips | LED Light Strips & Bars | Super Bright LEDs

I'm thinking of replacing all my incandescent and florescent with them.
I did the whole of my boat with them including the mast light...HERE .PAGE 2
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