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12VDC LED Rope Lights
|Author||Topic: 12VDC LED Rope Lights|
posted 05-29-2006 09:17 PM ET (US)
Someone here some time ago posted a link for these rope lights on clearance somewhere. 30' in length. I bought two sets.
I finally got around to installing them under the gunwale. This evening I remembered to check them out in the dark. I can't tell you how pleased I am with it. The photo in the attached link actually shows it a bit brighter than in reality.
While outside the boat, no light is evident from below the gunwale. This is great as it will not spook the stripers. Standing in the boat, all is clear. Nothing to trip on and I can easily tie on a new hook or lure without trouble.
posted 05-30-2006 07:57 AM ET (US)
Wow, Jay, that's a great upgrade!
--Sheila, who stumbles a lot.
posted 05-30-2006 09:52 AM ET (US)
nice job,, do you rememember where you got em?
|Casco Bay Outrage||
posted 05-30-2006 12:21 PM ET (US)
That looks really super!
I too would be interested to know where you bought them. Considering them for my Outrage 17.
posted 05-30-2006 07:50 PM ET (US)
Sorry all, I don't recall where I got them as it was a couple years ago. For a time, I actually forgot I had them.
I did find this however http://www.ccl-light.com/docs/indoor/rope/clear/12v24v/glv150c/index. html
As mentioned above, it is not as bright as in the picture. To get a clear photo, I had to over expose it a bit.
The lighting it provides is just what it needed to see everything clearly at night.
I can't wait to use it while night fishing for stripers....
posted 05-30-2006 11:34 PM ET (US)
Google 12v rope light and lots of stuff comes up. Here is one for 2.55 per foot but requires a power cord and end cap.
posted 05-31-2006 07:32 AM ET (US)
I saw that one... I paid just $9 for 30'
I think I got a deal......
I had purchased two sets. Wish I had bought 100 sets now....
posted 05-31-2006 09:24 AM ET (US)
Thanks for the information. The under-gunwale lighting looks terrific.
posted 05-31-2006 09:26 AM ET (US)
Now, those are courtesy lights! Very nice.
posted 05-31-2006 09:53 AM ET (US)
Jay, those lights look great. Do you have a trick for keeping your anchor light from shining on the water while fishing also?
posted 06-01-2006 09:23 PM ET (US)
Newt, as a matter of fact, I do....
I glued a piece of EDPM (rubber roofing) into a slight dish shape (very slight cone). I made the hole in the center just slightly smaller than the light pole diameter and I had it positioned just below the light. Under normal circumstances, it is in the down position. When fishing, I raise it as one would raise the collar of a shirt and it blocks a substantial amount of the light from shining down. Certainly not USCG approved but it gets the job done.
This boat does not have that mod on it yet... It might not get it as a matter of fact. My new anchor light has 2 elements. A rear facing illuminator and one forward. While fishing I expect to just use my bow light (e-gads!!!) and my ears. When I hear another boat in the sdistance, I turn the anchor light on. I find the anchor light very annoying while fishing. If necessary, I can leave the aft part on and the one il;luminating to the bow, off....
posted 06-02-2006 10:31 AM ET (US)
Jay, I may give that idea a try. I also find the anchor light to be a nuisance, because I can't help but look right into it at times and then loose my night vision. Thanks for the tip.
posted 06-03-2006 09:47 AM ET (US)
Losing my night vision is my issue as well. I have optic nerve damage to my right eye and it is very slow to respond to light level changes. Camera flashes take an hour or more to dissipate.
In the dark, a bright light will leave that eye at a disadvantage. It's like I am wearing sunglasses on that one eye after exposure. Leaves me dizzy and out of balance. Not a combination that does well on a boat at night....
I've been known to fish with every light off and I hug the beach just in case. I keep my ears open for approaching vessels and then light em up........
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