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« on: February 16, 2011, 07:39:46 AM »

I am ordering some of these lights to make submersible fishing lights.  Maybe they could work in a bus application.  They draw almost zero amps and are super bright.  I though about putting strips in the areas like the bays and engine compartment.  Here is the link.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&Page2Disp=%2Flight_bars-flexible.html
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 08:17:37 AM »

Indeed these work well.  I lit my entire machine shop with a combination of similar 600-led warm white and bright white strips (used equal numbers of each to get the color livable), and also the entire front cabin of my bus and the living room of my house with the warm versions.  Really nice light, 4x more efficient than fluorescent.  I LOVE the LEd's in my shop- the power draw went from 1600watts down to 400, no more hum, no more bad ballasts, and above all I can hit them with a piece of metal by accident and not get rained on by broken fluorescent tubes!!! An added plus in no more UV light from fluorescents that gives your head skin cancer... (and believe me this is real)

FWIW you can get the same strips for about 1/3 less money on ebay...
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 09:11:10 AM »

I installed a couple of the strips in the bus over the kitchen counter so I could live with just batts when parked --- they light things up and don't drain the batteries

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 10:02:02 AM »

Gosh, the cost of LEDs have come down over the last few years.

Gary, is something like 390227464016 what you used? 

Bob Evans caught a bunch of flack a while back about making his own board and not using a resistor in the circuit (vague memory).  When you cut a 5 meter roll into usable lengths, do they need a terminating resistor?

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 04:14:25 PM »

...  When you cut a 5 meter roll into usable lengths, do they need a terminating resistor?

Jim, the strips have current-limiting resistors every few LEDs.  As long as you cut only on the indicated marks, all will work fine.  If you cut somewhere else, you'll either blow some LEDs near the power end, or have unlit ones at the other end, or both.

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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 06:55:18 PM »

I am currently on a program to replace ALL 12 v lighting in my bus to led. I had 12v flourescents and have taken to guts out and put in 2 strips of leds in each(approx 12 in long) It gives more light that the flour.with less power usage but in the original enclosure still looks good(I think, anyway) And where there were 12v bulb fixtures I bought some 96 led bulbs. They aren't quite as bright as the incandescent bulbs  but still work good.
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