LED Lighting 70% Panel 2 0f 3

Published date: September 29, 2012
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

I leveraged an idea from another fine gent on this site and purchased 6 low-voltage landscape lights from Lowes. It turns out that they are about $10. I expected a plastic shell but I was pleasantly surprised to find a two part zinc casting with a thick opaque white coated glass bezel and a rubber gasket seal, it is genuinely stout. With some additional effort you might be able to use it in the cockpit.

Photo1. Kitbashing. I removed the original bulb fixture by drilling out the rivet and preserving the reflective plate. I am controlling this from a master switch and dimmer but I want to be able to individually shut off the fixtures. The fixture has a busy base contour so I used a mini toggle and ground a slot for the switch tang. Your choices may vary but I wanted red/white capability so I bought LED fixtures and drilled pass-through holes for the wires and reattached the reflector with pop-rivets. Add a connector to the rear and assemble, we are ready to go to the boat. Note: the fit is really close to the install hole, so be very careful when affixing the LEDs, the outer gasket will touch the Red LEDs slightly.

Photo2. Lit! Red and white show switched separately

Photo 3. Lit! The per fixture max power budget for this config (using the dimmer) is as follows: Red - 140 mA, White - 140mA. With the dimmer on the panel from the previous posting you use less power as you dim. I will note that they are a bit brighter if you don't use the dimmer at all.

Parts list: Fixture: Lowes 'Portfolio'landscape light,
White LEDs: eBay #BA9S/921/Festoon(31~44mm) Dome Bulb Warm White 36-1210SMD LED Super bright,
Red LEDs: eBay #Red 6 SMD LED Car Interior Dome Door Light Lamp Bulb,
mini toggle - radio shack,
Connectors: wwww.allelectronics .com

I have put them in and they are great! The Admiral wants to go sailing! Interior pics are in the 3 of 3 segment!

Cheers to all.

Published by: windypatrick

Model Year: 1998
Photo Caption: Photo 1 - Kitbashing

Photo 2 - Lit separately

Photo 3- In the dark


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