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By Bill Hall (billhall) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 1:14 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'm trying to find a cheap and easy way to light up the walkways of my 2001 Air Nautique. I just saw recently on the 2001 Super Air install that someone used the LED strips from V-LEDS.com and those seemed like the way to go.


I also found some Cold Cathode tubes from Oznium.com and they claim they are unbreakable if mounted correctly. The kicker is they are only $9.99 for two 12 inch tubes and transformer...pretty good deal.


Which do you think is a better option for the marine environment? And which will have the best "Blue" color?

Any another suggestions for a place to buy from?

By Whiskey Tango (210san) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 1:22 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
those tubes look really cool but they just sound too cheap...usually get what you pay for!
By Montgomery (lovin_the_wake) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 1:25 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I use Cold Cathodes in computers that I build because they're pretty bright and produce very little heat but as for using them in a boat imo I would just stick with LEDs. I think all the vibration from the boat would kill em pretty quick
By "G" (grant_west) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 5:38 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Cold cathodes are Super cheep and Very bright. You need like 3 times the LEDs to produce the same amount of light. The cold cathodes can break I have broke a few but they are cheep to replace. The down side to the cold cathodes they draw a lot of power.
I did a test and 1 or 2 cold cathodes drew as much current as ALL the LEDs in my boat.

By Kevin Hoye (wakebrdr38) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 6:33 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I had 4 blue cold cathode tubes under the gunwales (sp?) in my nautique and they were freaking bright. The light is emitted evenly too which is nice. Drop one and its done. I had a hard time mounting them, i tried velcro strips but in the heat of the summer they would fall down and break. Just find a way to mount them correctly and you shouldnt have any problems. Ive hit double up and white caps all day and never had one break due to vibration.
By Aaron Ware (99_slaunch) on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 8:05 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
WOW!! That's crazy. G's boat has to look like Vegas at night with all the led's he has shown.. Can we get a final pic G with all of the led's lit at once trailer included?
By Bill Hall (billhall) on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 8:20 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I ended up throwing an order in for a bunch of 12" and 6" strip LEDs from V-leds.com, they seem like a better option...flexible and i'm a fan of minimal power draw and no transformer. They were a little bit more expensive though, obviously.

I might try the cathodes sometimes if I put another order in but I'm going with LEDs for now.

yeah, "G" when you get a chance, throw up some of the latest LED pictures of the whole boat and trailer

By "G" (grant_west) on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 8:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
ooo yea I forgot about the transformer. Keep the transformer away from your head unit or eq. It will transmit noise

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