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Brad,

I like your LBP

Where did you purchase the strips from?

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Brad,

I like your LBP

Where did you purchase the strips from?

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I got them off eBay. The seller is still around, but not selling anything at the moment. The auction title was "Marine Boat Waterproof 18 LED Light strip WHITE 12 inch". Here's a search you could use that will work: Marine Boat Waterproof LED Light strip | eBay That search has 46 hits right now, including an $8 light strip.

I may mount one up above the stove and sink area. They are perhaps too bright for there. There's an incandescent light there now. I may mount one in the engine area and in the area where the steering quadrant is too. It's just running the wires and adding a switch is the only difficulty.

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It's usually dark when I get to my boat. After climbing down the ladder and feeling around the breaker panel for the cabin lights a few times I came up with this $6 tap light from Lowes. So far I've only replaced the batteries once after two years. I also put them in my cockpit lockers to make it easier to find things in the dark.

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I added an extra bottom step, with 9' of 2" diameter double braid, tied to the last step. works well, not bad on the bare feet, and price was right....
Can you post a pic?

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Thanks.

I ordered 4

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With respect to cheap chinese strip lights, I have tried two different kinds, and find the white/blue light kind of harsh. I'd like to find some warm white strips. I did order some of the LED rope light to hide away behind shelf fiddles as accent light. This time I made sure to order warm white. A long roll arrived yesterday that I am looking forward to trying out on Saturday, er evening.

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

Ritchard, I'd love to get some pics and info on the project when it is done- I'm thinking it is time for a lighting blog post.

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I just finished these shelf/pouches. Stained poplar from home depot, brass nails and screws, bungie cord from REI, and blue cloth from a tablecloth (polyester or nylon if I remember). This project has actually spanned more than a year since I've been pretty lazy. I also didn't even have power tools when I started and used hand tools to cut the wood (partly why I chose poplar, cost was the other reason).

One thing I've learned on my boat is that rigid things and containers arn't well suited for the curves and small spaces. The first toolbox I bought couldn't fit anywhere in the boat. So I came back with a toolbag which can stuff where it needs to go.

So this is intended to be a combination between a pouch, which are really practical but I don't love the looks of, and a rigid shelf. I think it's going to work out well.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

By the way, the strip lights get pretty hot. And the one I installed has a few of the 18 lights burnt out. I don't care since it was too much light originally, but I thought you would want to know.

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I added a new picture to the above post, so you can see how I made the mechanical fasterner out of a paperclip.



You can see some of the double sided tape, undr the fastener. That's what is holding the LED strip in place, between the paperclip/mechanical fastener on each end.

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