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Old 27 May 2014, 15:43   #1
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LED Deck lighting

Being the anorak that I am, I want to put some deck lights into the rib and have ordered these I found these on the internet;

LED 8" Strip Light - Waterproof - Red Lens - Red LEDs - 12V - HMS Marine Supplies Limited

I remember old black and white films of 'Dive, Dive Dive' or whatever or Noel Coward when the bridge was all dulled down to red lighting for 'night vision' when engaging the enemy (how you could tell with black and white, God only knows!). So I am going to try and install one 8" red strip on console (front vision) and one white 8" strip on back seat low down.

I googled 'ideal night vision light colour' and found this to be quite interesting EQUIPPED TO SURVIVE (tm) - Green or Red for Better Night Vision? and they now reckon 'Green light'.

Anyway lots of fun, I just wanted to jazz up the boat for night time and have a bit of fun Being LED's and wired with a switch I'm hoping that it wont be too much a drain on the battery. Visions of me not being able to start the engine but lit up like a Christmas tree floating around the Solent...............
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Old 30 May 2014, 16:58   #2
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Just to finish my thread, 8" waterproof LED lights front and back.


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Old 30 May 2014, 17:10   #3
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red light district ...
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You might want to put a bit of black tape on the top to direct the light away from your eyes.

I made my own LED lights last year and found that less is quite definitely more -you really don't need that much light to be able to see by.
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Very smart looking.

The units look like good vfm too.
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is that really usefull as most parts on a rib are really suffering with salt water etc...
and it looks a bit gay ... no ?
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Nos4r2 I must admit they are/were a little bright , so applied black tape over the top edge and that made just the difference. The rear one being the better of the two as set lower down near the deck.

Hi Gilles, you think that's gay, you should see me with my little red dress on - leaving Ocean Quay
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I would love to see that !!!
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Nos4r2 I must admit they are/were a little bright , so applied black tape over the top edge and that made just the difference. The rear one being the better of the two as set lower down near the deck.
How do you find it with the light in the bow? I deliberately didn't fit any there, preferring to light round my feet only.

I'm undecided whether to try fitting them in the front of the console as well.
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If you could switch them on/off separately, then why not.

I have a long trawl up Southampton Water and then the Itchen coming back from the Island. It's often later in the evening and I just wanted to have a bit of fun with lighting. The last leg has to be at 6 knots, so with sun setting, radio on and a beer in hand - makes it quite cosy, if you can understand that It hopefully will add another dimension to 'my' ribbing.
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