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LED galley lighting

My boat has LED lighting throughout the cabin, but it was older tech and the color was too "cool" for my taste. Changing out most bulbs with newer "warm white" replacements was a 2 minute job and transformed the cabin from "harsh" to "cozy"

But the galley had those "puck" style under-cabinet lights. Not only were they the harsh blue/white color, but the coverage was uneven, and there were only 2, not enough to light the entire galley. Here is the before:


these had to go!

I bought this LED strip light:
Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4 Feet (5 Meter) Flexible LED Light Strip with 300xSMD3528 and Adhesive Back, 12 Volt, Warm White 2700K, 2026WW-27K: Home Improvement Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4 Feet (5 Meter) Flexible LED Light Strip with 300xSMD3528 and Adhesive Back, 12 Volt, Warm White 2700K, 2026WW-27K: Home Improvement



And this:
Amazon.com: 1M/3.3ft Shallow Flush Mount Aluminum Channel U-Shape for flex/hard LED Strip Light w/Oyster White cover-U03: Home Improvement Amazon.com: 1M/3.3ft Shallow Flush Mount Aluminum Channel U-Shape for flex/hard LED Strip Light w/Oyster White cover-U03: Home Improvement



Since I was going to cut the 1M section and make two strips I ordered additional end caps and mounting clips for the channel (~$4)



The LED strip has 3M double sided tape on the back, so just peel it off and stick it to the channel. The strip can be cut to almost any length you desire. You can cut it every 3 LEDs, you can see the cut mark in this picture (just above the bottom-most LED)



You can solder your leads to the pads on either side of the cut. I cut a few 3 LED segments to practice soldering it. It takes a light touch since the strip is small and thin. It heats up very fast and can be damaged if it get too hot.







Here's the result, for under 30 bucks:
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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Re: LED galley lighting

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My boat has LED lighting throughout the cabin, but it was older tech and the color was too "cool" for my taste. Changing out most bulbs with newer "warm white" replacements was a 2 minute job and transformed the cabin from "harsh" to "cozy"

But the galley had those "puck" style under-cabinet lights. Not only were they the harsh blue/white color, but the coverage was uneven, and there were only 2, not enough to light the entire galley. Here is the before:


these had to go!

I bought this LED strip light:
Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4 Feet (5 Meter) Flexible LED Light Strip with 300xSMD3528 and Adhesive Back, 12 Volt, Warm White 2700K, 2026WW-27K: Home Improvement

And this:
Amazon.com: 1M/3.3ft Shallow Flush Mount Aluminum Channel U-Shape for flex/hard LED Strip Light w/Oyster White cover-U03: Home Improvement

Since I was going to cut the 1M section and make two strips I ordered additional end caps and mounting clips for the channel (~$4)



The LED strip has 3M double sided tape on the back, so just peel it off and stick it to the channel. The strip can be cut to almost any length you desire. You can cut it every 3 LEDs, you can see the cut mark in this picture (just above the bottom-most LED)



You can solder your leads to the pads on either side of the cut. I cut a few 3 LED segments to practice soldering it. It takes a light touch since the strip is small and thin. It heats up very fast and can be damaged if it get too hot.







Here's the result, for under 30 bucks:
Very nice good tip , good job!
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I like your task lighting! Where did you run the wires and where did you mount the switch? Do you have "red" lights already mounted in the galley area?
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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I like your task lighting! Where did you run the wires and where did you mount the switch? Do you have "red" lights already mounted in the galley area?
I reused the switches from the old lights, a simple low profile rocker switch right next to each light. they are white switches so they blend in. All of the wires run behind the liner. Above the sink there is a large space space behind the liner, plenty of room to wire and I already had a fuse block there. Above the stove its a little tight and it required a bit of fishing and snaking of wires.

I have red lights in the Nav area but not in the galley ... yet :-) But you bring up a good point. There are few options for red:

1 - Add another strip of red LEDs
2 - Use 3 conductor LED strip lights that can display any color. Could be programmed to display white or red with a DPDT toggle.

Red lights:
Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4 Feet (5 Meter) Flexible LED Light Strip with 300xSMD3528 and Adhesive Back, 12 Volt, Red, 2026RD: Home Improvement Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4 Feet (5 Meter) Flexible LED Light Strip with 300xSMD3528 and Adhesive Back, 12 Volt, Red, 2026RD: Home Improvement



multicolor lights:
Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible Strip, Controller with 44-button Remote and Power Supply, 2034RGB+3315+3215: Home Improvement Amazon.com: LEDwholesalers 16.4ft RGB Color Changing Kit with LED Flexible Strip, Controller with 44-button Remote and Power Supply, 2034RGB+3315+3215: Home Improvement


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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

Thanks for the info. My galley really needs task lighting and I was trying to figure out where I could get a low profile fixture that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

If you're looking to add more storage space in the cabin, check out the latest post on my blog, Under galley storage solution. If you're handy with wood or know someone who is, you can make exactly what you want quite economically, about $11.50 in my case .

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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

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If you're looking to add more storage space in the cabin, check out the latest post on my blog, Under galley storage solution. If you're handy with wood or know someone who is, you can make exactly what you want quite economically, about $11.50 in my case .
Nice job and very interesting blog !
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

It's impractical to pull my outboard after each use, so I leave it in on the weekends. I figured it would be better if I painted the lower unit with zinc chromate primer. Cost me $16.00 on Amazon.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I had a neighbor, when I was living aboard, that solved the problem with a $10 plastic office-sized wastebasket. He would strap the plastic wastebasket to the lower unit and lower it into the water, thus keeping it bone dry. He would occasionally have to pump out rainwater, but that's fresh water anyway.

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