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Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-02-2014, 6:42 PM Reply   
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!









Old    Nate (norcalmalibu)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-02-2014, 6:59 PM Reply   
Nice! I like it simple and effective. It would be great to see a post on tips for under $50
Old    Chris Dirty (Dmac420sj)      Join Date: Mar 2012       01-02-2014, 7:17 PM Reply   
I love it!
Old    RB (boardman74)      Join Date: Jul 2012       01-03-2014, 6:44 AM Reply   
Looks great!!
Old    Russ Constable (Midnightv10)      Join Date: Feb 2012       01-03-2014, 7:29 AM Reply   
Great idea!!!
Old    Ryan K (FastR3DN3K)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-04-2014, 6:34 PM Reply   
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?
Old    Detox (bass10after)      Join Date: Feb 2010       01-05-2014, 1:27 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by FastR3DN3K View Post
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!
Old    Charlie Zulu (Pad1Tai)      Join Date: Jan 2013       01-05-2014, 6:23 AM Reply   
^lol^
Old    Ian Gordon (16igordon)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-05-2014, 6:38 AM Reply   
Wow, great idea! Might just have to try this. Where did you buy the lights?
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-05-2014, 7:18 AM Reply   
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.
Old    mike asch (mikea)      Join Date: Mar 2005       01-05-2014, 7:59 AM Reply   
can you provide info on the hood pin switch?
Old    Greg McNeill (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       01-05-2014, 8:46 AM Reply   
How about a link to the parts you purchased?

Thanks,
Greg
Old    Ryan K (FastR3DN3K)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-05-2014, 9:21 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by bass10after View Post
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.
Old    Ian Gordon (16igordon)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-05-2014, 10:33 AM Reply   
Also, how are they powered? Did you hook them up to their own batteries? Or tie it into the boat battery?
Old    Mike (zimme)      Join Date: Feb 2013       01-05-2014, 10:43 AM Reply   
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!
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-05-2014, 10:56 AM Reply   
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!

Old    Jeff (jroyal)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-06-2014, 12:38 PM Reply   
Nice project. A quick E-bay search and I found the hood pin switches.


http://www.ebay.com/bhp/hood-pin-switch
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-06-2014, 4:00 PM Reply   
Ya i got all the stuff from ebay
Old    Dave Diaz (wakebrdr94)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-07-2014, 11:49 PM Reply   
So can you leave your hatches open say overnight while the boat drys, and it not kill a battery?
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-08-2014, 5:02 AM Reply   
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!
Old    Jeff (jroyal)      Join Date: Jan 2003       01-08-2014, 9:35 AM Reply   
You could always put it on a switched connection.....
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-08-2014, 11:31 AM Reply   
That would work too, doesnt bother me for my application but would work fine for somebody else
Old    Tom N (SangerTom)      Join Date: Aug 2010       01-09-2014, 12:38 AM Reply   
I've been searching for the LED's. Can't seem to find them. Anyone have a link?
Old    Ben R (brichter14)      Join Date: Jul 2010       01-09-2014, 4:53 AM Reply   
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5x-12V-Car-4...b7ea2c&vxp=mtr


There you go, thats what i used but you can put whatever lights you want
Old    Tom N (SangerTom)      Join Date: Aug 2010       01-09-2014, 11:01 PM Reply   
Thanks - ordered them!
Old    Surf Addict (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-10-2014, 1:09 AM Reply   
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.
Old    mike asch (mikea)      Join Date: Mar 2005       01-18-2014, 9:08 AM Reply   
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. ???
http://www.parts-express.com/nickel-...ProductDetails
Old    Surf Addict (phathom)      Join Date: Jun 2013       01-19-2014, 9:49 AM Reply   
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.

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