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carcrz 03-14-2007 7:16 PM

Before designing or even getting the mice running on their wheel, I figured I'd see if someone could give some advice on using LED's. My intentions are to put LED's in the cupholders, under each side of the dash, & a couple strips under the side panels. What's the best plan of attack? Should I buy pre-assembled lights or buy the parts separately? Also, are any transformers needed or are they as easy as running to a switch? Thanks for anyone's assistance!

mikeski 03-15-2007 12:01 AM

Jory, <BR> <BR>Are you trying to do something like this: <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424410.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424411.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424412.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR> <BR>You can get this effect two ways. The ones in the picture are done with tape LEDs under a clear plex ring with a sanded finish. The other way is done by bending clear plastic rod with cuts every 1/2" or so, it's described on a webpage, search for BMW angel eyes do it yourself. <BR> <BR>You do not need any transformers with the tape, they run on 8-13.5 volts. The individual LEDs used in the angel eyes require resistors.

josnow1 03-15-2007 5:31 AM

This is the angle eyes Mikeski mentioned. They don't come close to the quality of Mikeski's but if you are on a budget and dont mind a little DIY work, angel eyes are not to hard to do. <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/424427.jpg" alt="Upload">

carcrz 03-16-2007 10:03 PM

really even just the ones in the bottom would probably do me just fine. I don't necessarily want to glow on the water, just a little accent lighting under the drinks &amp; under the dash.

himain10ance 03-17-2007 9:54 AM

I do LEDS all the time on boats if you want to go really cheap and still look good drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the cup holder that are just bigger than the LED Bulb. Epoxy resin the bulb assembly to the bottom with only the bulb coming thru the hole. As far as the rest buy sticks and a switch

carcrz 03-17-2007 11:59 AM

I'm not necessarily worried about the product cost as long as it will be of good quality &amp; I'll be proud to say that I am the installer.

carcrz 03-17-2007 12:02 PM

I've been looking on superbrightleds &amp; some pictures of leds. Is it as easy as just wiring the leds together &amp; them attaching them to a fused switch? <BR> <BR>Is there any literature that you guys have used for your research, or just piecing together all the good info?

himain10ance 03-17-2007 1:49 PM

it is that easy

polkaking27 03-19-2007 10:58 PM

It is not quite that easy. PM sent, feel free to pm me any other questions

carcrz 03-20-2007 8:54 PM

Got the message Cody. Thanks! I'm going to get started on this thing as soon as the weather gets nice again. I at least got my board rack for the garage done.

carcrz 03-21-2007 7:35 PM

Looky what I remembered I had: <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/65921/426829.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR> <BR>I forgot I had a broken LED taillight in the garage. Now all I have to do is see if I can waterproof the circuitry boards. Any ideas?

yosquire 03-22-2007 11:20 AM

Zip Lock Baggies... <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/proud.gif" border=0>

carcrz 03-22-2007 3:59 PM

Any special coatings available?

wakeprodigy 03-22-2007 4:17 PM

you could conformal coat them, but that will only give you water resistance at best. Or, you could use a clear potting epoxy. check out <a href="http://www.mgchemcials.com%20" target="_blank">www.mgchemcials.com </a> <BR> <BR>Also read the pdf at the following link for more information on conformal coating and potting epoxy. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.mgchemicals.com/downloads/appguide/appguide0405.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.mgchemicals.com/downloads/appguide/appguide0405.pdf</a>

hawaiianstiln 03-27-2007 11:26 PM

I'm looking at upgrading the stock lights in my Malibu VLX to the LED's on superbrightleds.com as well. I'm looking at buying 8 of the ALM-x6's to replace the factory positioned lights. Are these going to draw more current than the stock lights on the VLX? Not sure if these would be too bright and should go with the ALM-OB Accent Light that only have 4 LED's vs. 6..? <BR> <BR>So as I read on this thread, it's as easy as removing the stock lights and mounting the new LED's in the factory locations? Should I not be concerned with buying the recommended resistors on this site? Is the switch on my dash pretty much the same thing?

brett33 05-11-2011 12:34 PM

these are the LED strips i bought for under the dash and side panels of my boat. you can choose the size you want and they are waterproof (to the best of my knowledge).

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