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Old 08-02-2019, 05:22 PM   #1
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Lightbulb engine room lites

I want to add some add'l visibility anyone come across some bright 12v LED's to use
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Old 08-02-2019, 05:31 PM   #2
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While bright is good, more fixtures works better at eliminating shadows. There are a couple of theads on LED strip lights and putting them in protective fixtures. They also seem quite inexpensive.

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Since our boat is diesel we donít have to use ignition protected lights. We bought LED lights from Amazon and they are really bright and consume so little power we leave them on all the time we are running so the engine room camera works in color instead of grays while using infared light.
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Very happy with these led strip I bought from amazon. Cheap, easy to install and effective.

https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Ampp...a-570250549815

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Old 08-02-2019, 05:45 PM   #5
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I bought these. They're very high quality with anodized aluminum housings. They can be set to be touch activated or come on immediately with switched power. Not real cheap but really nice.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FFEQ6K8...ing=UTF8&psc=1

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Be aware that some LEDs can interfere with your VHF and AIS as explained in this article from Boatus:
https://www.boatus.com/magazine/2019...terference.asp

The overhead bulbs in my salon, pilothouse and staterooms all cause interference while wall mounted sconces with LED bulbs do not interfere. I make it a point to not leave the overhead lights on while running or using VHF.

Your best bet for marine capable LEDs would probably be Marinebeam. https://store.marinebeam.com/
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Old 08-02-2019, 06:57 PM   #8
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Very happy with these led strip I bought from amazon. Cheap, easy to install and effective.

https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Ampp...a-570250549815

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did you buy the 40 or the 60's?


how far are the strings separated?


Bet you can add a little camera down there to a phone or tablet
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engine room lites

Iím not sure I understand your question about string separation. I installed three lengths of lights all wired in series and connected to two three way switches (one on each end of the engine room) all wired into a dedicated breaker.
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I have the explosive proof fixtures, ran on 12vdc edison socket screw in bulbs, wow were those a poor choice, dim and burnt out fast and got hot. I kept the bases and rewired for 120vac and used LED bright screw in bulbs, made a big difference, it is worth it. I also have loads of AC power available and 2 inverters which can run them. All on a gfci circuit of course. I also use typical plug in trouble light with an led screw in bulb, they just never break, or it seems so.

A mix of keeping what was good about the old and adding what was good about the new turned them into good light sources.

Other nice thing, my same Carling breaker switch with white handle was rated for AC use and has been fine not running on DC.

LED sure can save a lot of power, I also re socketed all my DC interior fixtures to G4 sockets and G4 cylindrical bulbs. I added an extra socket to most and three g4 sockets in one fixture, and they are nice and bright.

You can buy b15d to G4 adapters and G4 sockets cheap from Aliexpress, and bulbs too. Some bulbs I bought from Amazon.
Since they no longer get hot, I drilled an angled small hole in the reflector and epoxy them in. No the epoxy has not failed in a years use.

I put in 2 LED bulbs in each fixture as I wanted a brighter light.
These are good and bright and can be dimmed with an LED dimmer.
The bulbs are physically smaller than the ones I bought from Aliexpress, but put out same amount of warm white light.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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We have four strips of waterproof LED strips in our engine room, all wired to a single switched DC point.
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Be careful putting LED lights low on the engine room walls. If they are bright, they may blind you while you're working or worse trying to make repairs in bad weather.



I have used SMD5050 light strips in many locations. They are bright and can be powered directly off 12v. Some can change colors with a controller. I used relays with switches and fused the relay, switch, and lights just in case. They are molded in silicone but the sticky tape backing can sometimes be weak. a little extra contact cement will help. Also, the four-digit number indicates the brightness on LED strips. The lower the number the dimmer they are. 5050 is about the brightest and 2835 is about the dimmest.


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I added a 5m strip of LEDs from superbrightleds.com to the existing circuit. I've still got capacity on that circuit and I keep intending to put anaother 5m strip on it, but haven't gotten a round tuit yet....

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Very happy with these led strip I bought from amazon. Cheap, easy to install and effective.
Nice

These are looking same same for $10
Claiming to be 5730

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12v-60-L...edirect=mobile
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Very happy with these led strip I bought from amazon. Cheap, easy to install and effective.

https://www.amazon.com/Interior-Ampp...a-570250549815

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These are what I added this past year also. They work great and I no longer need a cap light to check or change fluids.
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Iím not sure why you want LEDs. I bought several Napa automotive back up lights, very inexpensive and very bright and easy to mount. 360į Of lite.
Power consumption should not be a serious matter considering time spent in an engine room
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I’m not sure why you want LEDs. I bought several Napa automotive back up lights, very inexpensive and very bright and easy to mount. 360į Of lite.
Power consumption should not be a serious matter considering time spent in an engine room
Leave 'em on accidentally overnight on anchor and you'll wish you had LEDs.

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I have LEDs in the engine room. I have accidentally left them on a couple of times and was glad they were LED.
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