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LD light strips

My wife is getting a led lighting strip put in under her cabinets. It is a strip about 1/3 inch wide with a sticky back and a small LED about every inch or so. There are places to cut it every 2-3 inches where there are metal tabs that you would put some sort of connector to join with your 12 volt electrical system. Seems like an easy way to get light in all kinds of places in a boat. On the real was "EIAJ-RRM12B AND ZZH002"

Any body know more? Any body used them on a boat?

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Re: LD light strips

I've used cheap LED reels to replace flourescents. Work great! Just connect the ends to a 12 volt power source.
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Re: LD light strips

Cool, but be aware all LEDs are not created equal.

We put battery operated LEDs under our bimini in our cockpit. Perfect amount of light at night from a two very small bulbs. They each take two watch style batteries and only run for about 15-20 hrs before needing the batts changed. I bought a pack of 20 already this winter for next season.
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Re: LD light strips

I use 18-inch LED light strips for my music gear, powered with a tiny 12-volt power pack. Incredibly bright, draw next to nothing for power, and I know they would be great in any marine situation.

I also use LED rope lights, 16-footers, that are attached to each toe rail. Lights up the entire side of the boat and no chance that someone will run into you in the middle of the night while anchored. They're solar powered and stay bright for about 12 hours. I turn them off while running, though.

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Re: LD light strips

I have use marine LED strip by Lunasea. They are outstanding. They are of course 12 volt. Come in 24 or 12 inch lengths.

Buy Warm White of for the interior of the sailboat. Excellent color and easy on the eyes.
As was mentioned LED lights are not all the same. Don't buy the cheapest you will regret or live with poor results.
Good luck. Can buy them online, 24 is about $45 to $50.for the strips.
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Re: LD light strips

Here's the strips I use for my music gear, more than enough to light the entire interior or most boats using just two of the 18-inch strips. However, because they are so intense, I recommend using some sort of shielding to prevent eye damage from looking directly into the intense light. Oh, and no heat whatsoever.

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Re: LD light strips

I used these for lighting on my boat:
HitLights Weatherproof Warm White SMD3528 LED Light Strip - 300 LEDs, 16.4 Ft Roll, Cut to Length - 3000K, 149 Lumens per foot, Requires 12V DC, IP65
(Amazon description). They're great and silicone coated for weather resistance. The silicone makes it a little more trouble to make electrical connections but they sell an uncoated indoor version as well.
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Re: LD light strips

I've found that the easiest thing to do is to get 12V LED strips or "ribbons" from the auto parts store. That way you can be pretty well assured that they will handle any voltages normally seen in an auto or marine "12V" system (remember, your alternator cranks out up to 14V or so when your engine is on). I also use a couple of battery-powered LED lamps in the V-berth, to save me from running wire.
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I have ordered items from superbrightleds.com . Good quality items and quick delivery.
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Re: LD light strips

We have 6 feet of LED strip lighting on the underside of the bar connecting our dinghy davits. They are powered through a pull cord switch. When we dinghy-up at night, I pull the cord without getting out of the dink. It lights-up the whole transom area for boarding. The power draw is so low, I've purposely left them on all day so it's easier to find the boat when returning that night.

I put a 16" strip under the rim of wood at the top of the circuit breaker panel above our chart table. It lights up the chart table excellently. The panel is hinged at the bottom and when I open the panel the strip light stays in place. So the same LED strip light illuminates the wiring behind the panel. Double duty.

I'm planning to put strip lights in my engine compartment at key locations, and may even sew them into the noise-absorbing material on the sides. That way, changing the oil and checking things overall will be easier and simpler.

Finally, I'm thinking about using a strip around the mast, maybe 9 feet above the deck. Good anti-collision lighting and it would make it easier to find the boat in a crowded anchorage or at night.

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