LED Lighting for Your Boat

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LED Lighting for Your Boat

Ran across this stuff on a Walleye Central Forum and found the parts on ebay if anyone wants to do it.  I've already have the LED lighting but this seems a bit cooler.

Video from the guy who did it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CpjT1EtR-8

Here are the parts.

Dimmer

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wireless-Remote-LED-Light-Dimmer-Controller-Control-12V-Group-Controller-/160730283774?pt=US_Lighting_Parts_and_Accessories&hash=item256c457efe#ht_4285wt_1204

LED's

http://www.ebay.com/itm/72-LED-Flexible-Strip-Car-Light-Bulb-Waterproof-...

Just thought I'd share.


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I saw that there also, very neat idea that should work well.

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whenever i look for LED light strips, they are super expensive.
at 99 cents for a 28" strip, i question the quality and longevity of these lights.
anybody else? not trying to knock what you found because i too could find uses for them. just not sure if i want to spend the money only to find out they are junk.

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I thought for sure Guywhofishes would have been the one to start this.....he's so techy that guy.

 

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Crank 'em up for maximum mosquitoage!

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 That's pretty cool.  Wouldn't you want red or green for night fishing, though?

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 Personally I would do red for night fishing. Ahab, have you ever tried having lights on a floating buoy? I read about on WC once and the guy said it worked great. Bright light away from you if you're casting and you can still have red in your boat. 



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 I wouldnt buy any cheap LED's.  Most of the quality stuff we get for jobs run about a buck a foot

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 Very cool. Anybody good at this stuff that would want to rig my boat up like this?

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 Its pretty easy, run wires from your battery to the 12V driver, plug lights into driver then peel and stick

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 I suck when it comes to electronics. What's a 12v driver?

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Did almost the exact same setup on my boat about 5 years ago. Used the LED rope lights. After the first night trip out I tore them all out. Mounted up on top or the side where they are visible caused a lot of glare and made it really hard to see anything outside of the boat all though it did a really nice job of lighting the interior of the boat. I went and remounted the rope lighting under the toe space on my boat along the bottom. Now there is no glare in the eyes and still lights up the bottom of the boat so you can see very well in the boat but still be able to see outside of the boat.. If you are going to use the strips or rope lighting I highly recommend you mount them so that you can't directly see the LED lamps or you will have the glare / night blindness problem.

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Very cool but i'm thinkin red or running these on very dim otherwise you'de definitely lose your night vision. Fishing the tailrace at night a lot I can testify to that.


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 The driver is usually a two inch by six inch box that will convert your battery power to usable power for you lights...They make some really nice stuff that is completely  weather proof and you can cut it every 3 inches and it has 3m tape on the back for easy installation.

Im heading to the supply house this morning, Ill see if I can get you a price

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I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey

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You have to night fish the tailrace at least once in your life. 

johnr Said:

I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey


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DirtyMike Said:
You have to night fish the tailrace at least once in your life. 

johnr Said:

I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey

Well if thats an invite, I will buy the samwiches and beer..

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i actually work for dvorak Motors Pro shop in bismarck ND, we do setups like this here in our electronics department. But what we would Use would be a high Quality RGB setup costs a bit more but gives you the abality to change the color and the brightness so you can get setup with white light but while your actually fishing use a red or green or a blue color so you dont lose your night vision.. anyone who wants this type of lighting just give the proshop a call @ 701-751-2646

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DirtyMike Said:
You have to night fish the tailrace at least once in your life. 

johnr Said:

I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey

So you never want to do it again?  I did it for a while and found it to be the opposite of enjoyable and relaxing.  It was more like a skiing down a black diamond course after a freezing rain.  If that was my only time to fish, I guess I would do it but that's about it.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Sure beats the heck out of headlamps and flashlights I am going to have to invest in this set up. Thanks for the post and idea!

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Captain Ahab Said:

DirtyMike Said:
You have to night fish the tailrace at least once in your life. 

johnr Said:

I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey

So you never want to do it again?  I did it for a while and found it to be the opposite of enjoyable and relaxing.  It was more like a skiing down a black diamond course after a freezing rain.  If that was my only time to fish, I guess I would do it but that's about it.


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Now if someone could just make a miniature noiseless generator to power all the crap we have on our boats we'd all be set.  If I add anymore batteries my boat won't have enough flotation left for ME!

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 I'll drop around Waldo, if this weather ever warms up!  
my starting battery powers all my electronics live wells and running and anchor lights, and intermittent floodlight,etc.  Twice this winter I ran it dead and had to return to the marina with the trolling motor!  So that silent generator might be a good idea!  :)  I need to rewire it to shift some more load to the trolling batteries, and LED's don't draw so much.

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DirtyMike Said:

Captain Ahab Said:

DirtyMike Said:
You have to night fish the tailrace at least once in your life. 

johnr Said:

I cant say I have fished past dark in 10+ years.
They seem pretty cool, but would never get used in my rig.
Night time is for campfires, smores, and whiskey

So you never want to do it again?  I did it for a while and found it to be the opposite of enjoyable and relaxing.  It was more like a skiing down a black diamond course after a freezing rain.  If that was my only time to fish, I guess I would do it but that's about it.

Ha ha.  If they were really biting it would OK.  I'm just not a big boat night fishing fan.  I don't mind it in a fish house or on shore, though.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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 A couple years ago when it was a really nice night bite, it was hectic at best. I felt bad for captain (dad). Once we caught someone's limit he immediately tagged out. It's a really good time from too.