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Old 21 June 2007, 17:59   #1
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I picked up a brand new trailer from Bramber on Monday with a brand new lighting board. The board worked fine for about 100 miles and then the port winker failed. loose contact!

Does anybody know anyone who makes a reliable/commercial spec light board or will I have to do it myself?
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If you go into a truck parts dealer they should be able to supply you with sealed LED units to replace the light clusters.
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i second that idea!! i wanted some submersibles lights for my board,as that the worst bit, undoing it all, found some on e bay, and soldered them in,tailored-trailors was his user name!
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i second that idea!! i wanted some submersibles lights for my board,as that the worst bit, undoing it all, found some on e bay, and soldered them in,tailored-trailors was his user name!
What was the cost like?

How many 'cheap' boards could you have thrownaway for the same money?

Need to restore my lighting board as the white plasric has disintegrated around the mounting holes.........all light units are OK though.

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I picked up a brand new trailer from Bramber on Monday with a brand new lighting board. The board worked fine for about 100 miles and then the port winker failed. loose contact!

Does anybody know anyone who makes a reliable/commercial spec light board or will I have to do it myself?

Stu, they're generally ALL made down to a price so sloppy assembly is common... buy a cheap one then tighten up/solder all the connections yourself and spray all the bulb holders with water repellent/corrosion inhibitor and a dab of silicone grease on all the lens seals, a spot of silicone/sika flex around the cable glands and Bob's yer uncle...
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i second that idea!! i wanted some submersibles lights for my board,as that the worst bit, undoing it all,
I got fed up with that years ago with a 470 dinghy. Put an inline plug / socket about 3 foot from the board so I could feed the cable through the hole in the transom - makes removal / fitting a LOT easier - the board comes off as a plank and the cable can be taken out the hull as if it were a bit of rope.

I use the same "extension" cable with the SR, only difference being the SR board has 1.5m of cable so the connector is inside the hull, the short end gets a turn or so round the transom brace to stop it falling out. Can have the whole lot off & in the back of the car in under 2 mins, and because the cable doesn't have a 1.8m plank on the end, it can be fed through the grab ropes etc on the hull to locate it and is a stroll to lead forward as most of it just lies in the bototm of the boat.

For what it's worth my Ligthing baoard is a big plank of wood with an IP66 rated junction box to protect the choc block to split the cables out. Lots of sealant round the back of the lamp clusters. Can post a pic later if anyone's interested.
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Stu, they're generally ALL made down to a price so sloppy assembly is common... buy a cheap one then tighten up/solder all the connections yourself and spray all the bulb holders with water repellent/corrosion inhibitor and a dab of silicone grease on all the lens seals, a spot of silicone/sika flex around the cable glands and Bob's yer uncle...
This has worked for me for several years.

Its worth glueing the end caps on as well and sikaflexing the the exit point for the cable.

If your lucky and do a good job it'll last nearly a year!!

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thanks TRuckstop LCD's sound good

also I'm thinking of swapping the connector for an XlR type connector plug.
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Try getting an HGV black suzie lead and the female for it. They seem to withstand pretty much anything.
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Right then so I've got something to do when in the North Sea this summer.

SO my ideal lightboard has got to be made of the following

Plank of wood ( i might go the whole hog and use Mahogmanay (Scottish harwood grown from haggis seeds)

LCD Lights
Ip66 boxes
soldered and sealed connectors and a wander lead

Matt have IO really go to go into a truck factor and ask for a male/female suzy.tat's more the sort of thing Manning is into
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