LED Deck Lighting DONE!

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by SkipEye, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Hey folks, thought you'd be interested in seeing my completed LED Night-lighting project. The intent was to project the light down-ward to identify the perimeter of the boat while anchored and fishing at night. I am always a little uncomfortable moving around the boat at night and wanted have my safe boundaries lit up to help keep my bearings.

    I mounted 12 LED Marker Lights under the gunnels facing downward. These worked out well on the SeaArk because the mounting screws missed the wire race, yet I was still able to conceal the hole into the race for the wires. Planned on installing a PWM dimmer circuit but after lighting it up it seems about perfect. Night-vision should remain good because most of the intensity is directed downward plus it is RED.

    All wiring is concealed. Marine-grade wiring was used, all connections were soldered and heat-shrinked.

    12 LED Marker Lights from BP at $7.99 each, about $45.00 for the wire, Marine-grade switch $14.99, rubber boot for the switch $8.00, plus misc solder, heat shrink, terminals, in-line fuse, close quarter drill attachment was purchased to get the tight areas around the front deck $38.00

    I am tickled to death with this. :big_smile:I will use these when anchored although I don't think they'll be visible (or mistaken for Nav Lights) to other boaters because they are under the gunnels.

    Description of pics:

    LED Marker light in the package

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights007.jpg

    Installed under Gunnel

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights009.jpg

    Tight Fit Drilling area

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights010.jpg

    Proper in-line splice, soldered

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights012.jpg

    Heat shrinked

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights011.jpg

    Lit up

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights015.jpg

    After Dark

    http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w224/Darryl076/NightLights014.jpg
     
  2. whodaman

    whodaman New Member

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    man good job that looks great
     

  3. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Fantastic look and functional. Well done.
     
  4. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Oh..... forgot to add that according to the specs, these puppies ought to burn for 100,000 hours. And they are LOW, LOW amperage draw so won't use up much juice from the battery!:big_smile:
     
  5. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    That's pretty cool. And if you "only" use them 8 hours a day, 365 days a year, they should last you about 35 years.
     
  6. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Darryl,
    For my further education did you connect each of the marker lights in parallel or series? It looks like parallel and I'm guessing the individual LED's within each light are in series, yes???
    Thanks...W
    B.T.W....Nice job!
     
  7. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Yes, parallell connections for each assembly, which in turn has a series circuit consisting of 6 LED's.
     
  8. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Very nice Skip., all the wiring is hidden under/in the rail? The slot I see is filled with a rubber strip of sorts on the Ark, correct? Looks Darn good!
     
  9. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Wow,

    Very nice job Skip. It certainly lights up the area huh?
     
  10. chris dornbusch

    chris dornbusch New Member

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    Dig it.:cool2:nice job.
     
  11. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    That's VERY cool!
     
  12. fishhook

    fishhook New Member

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    I did my SeaArk with L.E.D. lights but mine is a center consol so I mounted my lights down low around three sides of the consol which does a great job of just lighting the floor of the boat. Yours looks good, I may have done my like that if I had thought of it.
     
  13. bigBB

    bigBB Member

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    lights look great... where did you get the lights?
     
  14. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Looks good Darryl, glad it all worked out like you wanted. Should make for more piece of mind on the boat at night. Nice looking work on the install.:big_smile:

    Thanks
    David
     
  15. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Bryan. As stated in the first post the lights are from Bass Pro.

    Also thanks to everyone else for the nice comments!:big_smile:
     
  16. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    You must have the patience of a Saint to get all the wire's hidden - I like the idea that they're probably almost invisible (even in the daylight) till you turn them on. Looks great!

    Branden
     
  17. curdog

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    Skip,You done a good job on those lights.
     
  18. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    Hey skip.....Nice looking lights:big_smile: My question is did ya break out the cordless drill???:eek:oooh::0a5::tounge_out:
     
  19. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    LOL!!! No Sam, every once in a while I plan ahead. I have electric in my boat storage unit so I brought some tools along. I had planned to do a few mods while I was in "NO FISH LAND" (aka Oklahoma City)!:smile2:
     
  20. Cuz

    Cuz New Member

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    This is a great article for the member library. Whistler?

    Looks great Skippy. Thx for the writeup. I certainly dont have the patience to Pimp the Cuz Craft Ride, but I have beer and smokes, and a lil cash skippy. What say you? :smile2::wink: