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Most are designed for car systems (or 12 transformers) and may have a short life and /or be dull on the more variable voltage of a boat.
Get some regulated strips if its possible
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Marking a walkway or illuminating a shelf or music stand all could makes sense. Stringing around to illuminate a cabin does not. I guess we haven't heard what the OP actually has planned for them. Inquiring minds what to know.........
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I think that they might be useful when attached to the underside of certain cabinetry or furniture fittings to illuminate walkways in the same manner that commercial aircraft illuminate pathways to the emergency exits.

Think of getting up in the middle of the night to use the head, or silence a slapping halyard but you don't want to ruin your night vision or wake others with a blast of white light.
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I only said AAA because I saw some in West Marine this past weekend.

I suppose they are not bright enough for 'lighting' but maybe for decoration ( form the comments ). Maybe just outlining. But hey, I will try anything once.
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Actually, I also have used West Marine's LED lights on my Catalina 27 and they provided outstanding lighting with virtually no drain to the battery when left on all night long. You could light both sides of the decks for as little as $26, which I would seriously consider if you were spending any time dnight-sailing, or aboard the boat at night.



These sell for $12.99 and put out an enormous amount of light.

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I saw these at WM. I am thinking about getting them, but then I have to figure out how to wire them up ( and how to hide the wiring ).
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I used IKEA Dioder lights to light my cabin; works incredibly well. 50$ set lit my entire cabin. They use a step down transformer to convert 120v to 12v; simply cut if off, fuse it, and wire it directly into a switch.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/phot...eat=directlink

And yes, you can choose what color you want. Handy to set it to red for night sailing, white when im on the hook. I cycle the colors when im "entertaining".... :-D


Update: ikea link: IKEA | Integrated lighting | Bookcase integrated lighting | DIODER | Light strip

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very cool video.
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