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#10916463 - 06/14/15 12:31 PM LED? For the guys that know
Flipnstik48 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/15
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Ok, I'm wanting to run LEDs inside boat where my existing lights are. Question is, can I just use the existing wires and take the old lights out and wire in the LEDs and roll with it? Or do I need to regulate voltage? Also, can I cut and reuse the 16' roll of lights when I cut it? Have lights in both rod boxes, in console, front deck, and few other places
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#10916482 - 06/14/15 12:50 PM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: Flipnstik48]
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Originally Posted By: Flipnstik48
Ok, I'm wanting to run LEDs inside boat where my existing lights are. Question is, can I just use the existing wires and take the old lights out and wire in the LEDs and roll with it? Or do I need to regulate voltage? Also, can I cut and reuse the 16' roll of lights when I cut it? Have lights in both rod boxes, in console, front deck, and few other places
yes. The existing wiring and voltage are fine. LEDs are far more efficient than in incandescent bulbs. The amp draw will likely be much less after the installation.

As for the 16' roll? If it's like the kind I deal with almost daily, you can cut to length along the scissor marks on the circuit tape. Just solder new power and ground wires, paying attention to polarity, and you're good to go.

Also, do not rely on the 3M double side tape that is factory installed. It might hold for about 5 minutes. But, the 5 minutes is PLENTY of time for the super glue bead, that you should use, to setup a permanent bond.
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#10916834 - 06/14/15 05:08 PM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: Flipnstik48]
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Originally Posted By: Flipnstik48
Ok, I'm wanting to run LEDs inside boat where my existing lights are. Question is, can I just use the existing wires and take the old lights out and wire in the LEDs and roll with it? Or do I need to regulate voltage? Also, can I cut and reuse the 16' roll of lights when I cut it? Have lights in both rod boxes, in console, front deck, and few other places


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#10918039 - 06/15/15 10:28 AM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: SteezMacQueen]
Flipnstik48 Offline
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Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: Flipnstik48
Ok, I'm wanting to run LEDs inside boat where my existing lights are. Question is, can I just use the existing wires and take the old lights out and wire in the LEDs and roll with it? Or do I need to regulate voltage? Also, can I cut and reuse the 16' roll of lights when I cut it? Have lights in both rod boxes, in console, front deck, and few other places
yes. The existing wiring and voltage are fine. LEDs are far more efficient than in incandescent bulbs. The amp draw will likely be much less after the installation.

As for the 16' roll? If it's like the kind I deal with almost daily, you can cut to length along the scissor marks on the circuit tape. Just solder new power and ground wires, paying attention to polarity, and you're good to go.


Also, do not rely on the 3M double side tape that is factory installed. It might hold for about 5 minutes. But, the 5 minutes is PLENTY of time for the super glue bead, that you should use, to setup a permanent bond.
thank you very much! Also, do you prefer one style of light over the other? I want it bright but not where it's blinding
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#10918120 - 06/15/15 11:04 AM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: Flipnstik48]
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Some lights are dimmer than others or you can put a dimmer on them. Test your location before prrmanent instal to see how it is at night. You can angle them sometimes to get light but not blind you

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#10919370 - 06/15/15 08:53 PM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: Flipnstik48]
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Put the led's where they will not be shining directly in your face.
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#10919602 - 06/15/15 10:36 PM Re: LED? For the guys that know [Re: Flipnstik48]
hoodat92 Offline
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You can also use industrial strength Velcro tape to adhere the leds. They worked good for me on my deck, and trailer. Plus, a lot easier to change out if you ever wanted to.

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