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Old 21 June 2012, 02:59   #1
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Low level courtesy lighting on a RIB

I am thinking of fitting low level courtesy lighting between the tubes and the interior deck, anyone done this and if so did you go all the way around or just up the sides of the helm. Thanks
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Old 21 June 2012, 06:01   #2
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What about using something like this:
High Output LED Tape | TRI-LED Tape | Simple Lighting Co

as it could be a stick on solution, cheap and doesn't matter too much if it goes.
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Old 21 June 2012, 06:18   #3
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That's what I bought They were selling them in Lidl's this week for 7 a strip (3 mtrs I think), I thought I would test those and if they work get more, there ae loads of different lengths on ebay and you can cut them to whatever length you want
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Really? what voltage at Lidle? I'll try and snag some as well then!
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Old 21 June 2012, 06:36   #5
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edit to that... bugger, not this week! ebay it is!
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Got mine last week, may still be some in your local store, they have a 240v - 12v transformer plug attached, just cut it off and fuse to 12v I think the ones on ebay come without the transformer, so maybe better value as it isn't needed, plus you get longer lengths and different colours including warm white and bright white light, but all can be cut to desired length. The Lidl one has an inline switch, you would need to rig something up for the other ones

Example http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-LED-ST...ht_1871wt_1392
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Don't know about you guys, but IP65 stuff doesn't last too long on the deck of my boat.

I just kludged up a night diving light (red-white-red on a mast); used the tape mounted LED arrays., and coated them with a couple of thick layers of surfboard resin.

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I put this type of light on my boat for courtesy lights. The IP65 covered strips are ok for places where they might get splashed occasionally but don't really last when they get wet a lot. It is better to use the silicon covers for those instances.

I used the IP65 lights in short strips inside my bench seat storage, under the overhang of my console and under one of the handles of my battery box (to light the aft drain plug). To light up the engine area I use a strip of lights in the silicon case across the back of the bench seat.

I have a storage compartment inside of my console that is lit by a short strip of the unprotected LED strip. Since it is inside the console I don't think water will be an issue.

I also have a couple of these on the side of the console. They look better and are more durable than an LED strip stuck in place. They are a little pricey (but you can find them cheaper than MSRP if you look).

Lumitec Lighting LED Courtesy Light Andros

The LED strip lights are quite bright when running on 12V. You only need a few short strips (3 LEDS ea) to light your boat. The interior of my bench seat is light nicely with only 4 short strips (12 LEDS).

I attach the strips with a couple of dabs of 4200. The LED strips have adhesive on them, but it only works well on very smooth surfaces (gelcoat). It won't stick well on much else on a boat. The strip adhesive holds long enough for the 4200 to set.
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It is better to use the silicon covers for those instances.
Tried those on an earlier version. Didn't last too long, either. The problem with the silicone sleeved lights are the end plugs; they're press-fit, as silicone is hard to glue.

As an aside, I'm using these things as deck lighting; simple to wire up and surprisingly bright.

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Talk to Nugent-he's got some pretty damn good LEDs.
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