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Old 06 March 2013, 17:04   #1
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Since my Cummins is in the console and I do run at night sometimes, it would be nice to have some light in there in case I want to check something out.

Would something like this work:
1 Pair White Universal 12V 12 LED Car DRL Strip Daytime Running Lights Fog Lamp | eBay

I like that they're already on plastic mounts and not loose & flexible (because I'd rather screw them on instead of using an adhesive backing). Anything cheaper that has these characteristics?
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At that price you probably can't go wrong.Even if they aren't waterproof you could pot them in some clear resin.
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Since my Cummins is in the console and I do run at night sometimes, it would be nice to have some light in there in case I want to check something out.

Would something like this work:
1 Pair White Universal 12V 12 LED Car DRL Strip Daytime Running Lights Fog Lamp | eBay

I like that they're already on plastic mounts and not loose & flexible (because I'd rather screw them on instead of using an adhesive backing). Anything cheaper that has these characteristics?
"Does not ship to the United Kingdom"!
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He's in Cali you fool
Correct. "Cali" . I may not choose those exact ones but for $10 I should be able to light up the inside of the console and the bilge. I think that I'm going to wire them to the same switch as my deck courtesy lights. Still need to decide on those:

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...8#.UTeWfxmolMM
$9.99/each (trade discount)

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http://www.amazon.com/HELLA-95968071...la%27s+red+led
$26/each

I have no idea how much light these things put out of how many I'll need.
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Post what you figure out please. I was looking at lights today because I want a way to light the cavernous storage space where the diesel used to be and my new flip top console gives access to.

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How 'bout these:

http://www.ledstrips8.com/samsung-56...use-p-608.html

I did something similar by buying LED strips and cutting them into segments. A short strip of three 5050 LEDs (the way the strips can be cut) is quite bright at 12V. One strip under the edge of my console was all I needed. I also put short strips inside lockers and such.

I had to cut and solder the strips myself, these are pre-made. You just might have to splice the wires if you want longer spans between units.

Pretty cheap too.
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I did something similar by buying LED strips and cutting them into segments. A short strip of three 5050 LEDs (the way the strips can be cut) is quite bright at 12V. One strip under the edge of my console was all I needed. I also put short strips inside lockers and such.

I had to cut and solder the strips myself, these are pre-made. You just might have to splice the wires if you want longer spans between units.
I'm actually going to do what you did. Last week I bought a 5 meter roll of 5050 "waterproof" (IP65) LED's and I'm going to cut them up. I paid $1.68 (including shipping) for the roll off ebay...I figured I could afford to lose $1.68 if they don't work...but I heard even if you buy them from a US seller, they're buying them from the same place in China/Hong Kong. When they arrive (18 day shipping estimate), I'll add some pictures for everyone of putting them together. I'm thinking: solder, black 5200, covered in adhesive heat shrink.

So, you said groups of 3 are plenty bright? The plan was going to do a test strip of 3 and then decide how long to make each run.

5050 SMD 5M 300 Flexible LED Strip IP65 Waterproof Cool White 12V 5A Power | eBay
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