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Old 29 January 2007, 11:41   #1
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Waterproof trailer lights!

Anyone tried these? How would they mount on a moving tail-bar?
http://www.ecs-marine-equipment.co.u...tem-32781.html
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Old 29 January 2007, 12:22   #2
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Seem very expensive.
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Old 29 January 2007, 12:28   #3
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Most l.e.d lights do. Why is that? The led`s themselves are cheap as chips!
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Old 29 January 2007, 13:47   #4
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214 pounds for 4 LED lights? (speaking of which, why 2 number plate lights? Are you required to run twin license plates over there?) Seems *really* expensive to me.

Our lighting requirements here consist of running/brake/turn signal combination lights, with the left one having a hole in the bottom (or separate white LEDs) for illuminating a license plate. There are also side marker lights mounted about a third of the way back on the trailer (usually.)

Over 80" trailers, in addition to the above, get a rear center clearance light, and clearance lights (visible from the front and side) at or near the widest point of the trailer. Usually, the combo light will have a lens (or LED) facing outwards on the side as well.

All lights except brake and turn are wired to the running light line.

I replaced all the lights on my (over 80") trailer last weekend (while I was at home with a cold... nothing like working outside when you should be at work.) Two combination lights, a center 3-light marker, two marker lights per side; the lights themselves ran a total of maybe $80 US (probably less. It was a while ago.) Bit of a pain, because the new lights used 2-hole mounting rather than sinlge stud. I made up some adaptor plates out of HDPE that allowed me to mount them without drilling (plus gave me chance to give the new Dremel router a bit of a workout.) I did run dedicated ground wires to all light units, and used adhesive lined shrink tubing on all soldered connections.

Despite all the housings being "sealed" (as per the advertising), I sealed all seams and other potential openings with silicone caulk. I think next time I'll take my friends advice and go over all the fixtures with 3M 5200. The silicone doesn't stick really well to the thermoplastic they use.

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Old 29 January 2007, 14:16   #5
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This seems a bit more reasonable.

http://www.mobilecentre.co.uk/index....products_id=51
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Old 29 January 2007, 14:21   #6
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Thats more like it, nik, but are they waterproof? jky, was the reason you did youre lights like that so you dont have to bother taking the trailer board off? I like the idea of just being able to slide a board with waterproof lights/plate etc in and out of the back of the trailer when launch/recover. Its such a pain with the removable one
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Old 29 January 2007, 15:41   #7
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Try :
http://stores.ebay.ie/LED-AUTO-LIGHTS

I got some direct from this company last year as hella would not supply any to any european order.
On the trailer now for 12 months and no problem's.
Glad to see hella now importing the lights into europe.
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jky, was the reason you did youre lights like that so you dont have to bother taking the trailer board off?
It is very rare here to see a boat trailer with a light board. My lights are permanently attached to the trailer. No boards, nothing removeable. This is the normal setup. Which, of course, means a couple of things: 1) The lights have to be designed so as to either be completely sealed, or at least use something like the "bell jar" design to keep the majority of water off the contacts, and 2) they typically have to be replaced at way-more-often-than-one-would-think intervals. The second statement, in my case, is either because (on non-sealed units) the metal bits corrode, or because (in the case of sealed units) they flood or otherwise fail.

I am pretty anal about wire connections (either solder and adhesive lined shrink tubing, or adhesive lined butt connectors), so I rarely have wiring issues. The fixtures themselves are another matter entirely. For whatever reason, a $60 set of lights has about $2 worth of materials, assembled in the cheesiest manner possible.

As I said in another post, in the US, all trailer lighting has to be DOT approved, which sort of removes the option of my building a bulletproof set of lights. Though I may do it anyway, just to be a bit of a rebel. Haven;t really convinced myself yet.

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Define 'Dot approved'. Does it have to be approved when attached to the trailer or can it be removable? If it can,why not just build yourself a lighting board with Dot approved lights?
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Old 30 January 2007, 08:12   #10
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Thanks Sparkey. I think I might just order some. Very good prices! I`ll have some reversing lights as well, and use them as deck lights! I take it that you run the light cables up through the trailer chassis, that way they`ll be invisible. Dam, another project to stay awake with!
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