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brichter14 01-02-2014 7:42 PM

Best $20 LED Mod Ever
Last week i spent 20 bucks on 4 hood pin switches and 5 LED lights. These are the LEDs.


I then installed a hood pin switch on the back hatch of my engine compartment (it is one piece) and also installed on on the seat back of my observer seat. When they are opened the lights come on!

Basically the way it works is when the pin is pushed down it disrupts the ground to the lights. When it is let go it enables the ground and the lights come on.

In the engine compartment there are three of the LED bricks which makes it quite bright in there. Under the obserever seat there is one light and when that switch is activated it also turns on a light above the drivers kickpanel. This should make finding stuff alot easier when the sun goes down!






norcalmalibu 01-02-2014 7:59 PM

Nice! I like it simple and effective. It would be great to see a post on tips for under $50

Dmac420sj 01-02-2014 8:17 PM

I love it!

boardman74 01-03-2014 7:44 AM

Looks great!!

Midnightv10 01-03-2014 8:29 AM

Great idea!!!

FastR3DN3K 01-04-2014 7:34 PM

I'm curious if the back side of the light board is sealed? I wouldn't mind giving this a try, but wonder how well it will keep moisture out of the electrics?

bass10after 01-05-2014 2:27 AM


Originally Posted by FastR3DN3K (Post 1857959)
I'm curious if the back side of the light board is sealed? I wouldn't mind giving this a try, but wonder how well it will keep moisture out of the electrics?

Dont be such a worry wart! lol its twenty doll hairs, you spend more on sunscreen every two weekends!

Pad1Tai 01-05-2014 7:23 AM


16igordon 01-05-2014 7:38 AM

Wow, great idea! Might just have to try this. Where did you buy the lights?

brichter14 01-05-2014 8:18 AM

The lights are from ebay. I just searched for LED dome lights.

They came with 3m double sided tape on the back of them so you could stick them about anywhere. I positioned them in places that would keep them out of harms way when it comes to water/other objects.

mikea 01-05-2014 8:59 AM

can you provide info on the hood pin switch?

greg2 01-05-2014 9:46 AM

How about a link to the parts you purchased?


FastR3DN3K 01-05-2014 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by bass10after (Post 1857986)
Dont be such a worry wart! lol its twenty doll hairs, you spend more on sunscreen every two weekends!

I know it don't seem like much, but when you've got 4 different projects going on like I do with a full delete setup on a Cummins build, a hypermile project TDI, a custom bike build, and the boat upgrades, $20 matters in the off season.

16igordon 01-05-2014 11:33 AM

Also, how are they powered? Did you hook them up to their own batteries? Or tie it into the boat battery?

zimme 01-05-2014 11:43 AM

Nice... my boat came with lights in the lockers, behind the observer seat, and engine compartment. They turn on with my courtesy lights. Good idea though!

brichter14 01-05-2014 11:56 AM

Ok a little more details. They are wired into my fuse block that i installed before my ballast install. But could be directly wired to any constant 12v power.


What you basically do is run a positive and negative from the power source to the switch. The (-) wire from the power source goes to one of the contact points on the switch. (Labeled with arrows below). You then take the (+) wire from the light and connect it to the (+) wire from the power source. The (-) wire from the light goes to the unused contact point on the switch.

When the switch is pushed down the contact points cant make a connection. When it is released the metal connects and completes the circuit and voila - light.

My compartments also have courtesy lights but they are red and require the ignition of the boat to be on and me to push a button. This is much easier and downright cool!


jroyal 01-06-2014 1:38 PM

Nice project. A quick E-bay search and I found the hood pin switches.


brichter14 01-06-2014 5:00 PM

Ya i got all the stuff from ebay

wakebrdr94 01-08-2014 12:49 AM

So can you leave your hatches open say overnight while the boat drys, and it not kill a battery?

brichter14 01-08-2014 6:02 AM

I would imagine it woudnt pull much battery but my plan for leaving hatches open is to just unplug the bottom wire of the switch. It literally takes 2 seconds to locate and unplug, that was oneof my first concerns!

jroyal 01-08-2014 10:35 AM

You could always put it on a switched connection.....

brichter14 01-08-2014 12:31 PM

That would work too, doesnt bother me for my application but would work fine for somebody else

SangerTom 01-09-2014 1:38 AM

I've been searching for the LED's. Can't seem to find them. Anyone have a link?

brichter14 01-09-2014 5:53 AM


There you go, thats what i used but you can put whatever lights you want

SangerTom 01-10-2014 12:01 AM

Thanks - ordered them!

phathom 01-10-2014 2:09 AM

Nice mod. I have also done a 12v 12" cold cathode neon in place of LEDs as well triggered to hood pins. I did that on an actual car and had it triggered by the hood pin so I would have a neon under hood light to work in the engine bay. This thread reminded me of it. It's another cool option, and those normally have a sensor in them that you can make them light up with the bass as well.

mikea 01-18-2014 10:08 AM

in my searching for hood pins I came across this. I am not positive it will work, but it seems right.
Experts - please let me know if this is right. ???

phathom 01-19-2014 10:49 AM

That will work, in the way that you will have the lights groubded and have this serve as an interrupt for the power, or vice versa. It's basically a break in the line that gets connected when it's open.

denverd1 09-10-2014 4:07 PM

i think "pin switch" would yield better search results

LIFEFORM_LED 11-06-2014 9:35 AM

We love it when people get inventive with LED's. NICE WORK MAN


fly135 11-06-2014 10:10 AM

I just searched eBay for LED Dome Lights as suggested and bought a 10 pack for $11.60 and free shipping. Thanks for the post.

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