LED reel light

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  1. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    Hi Guys

    Am I right in thinking that a 12v LED reel light can be connected directly to a 12v power supply, or is there some kind of transformer or starter?



    Thanks very much
     
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    Should be able to connect straight to 12v, beware though, LED's are polarity sensitive!
     
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    It's really weird
    The reel lights have a push fit connector at the beginning and two bare wires at the far end (red and black)

    I wanted to test them before fixing so connected a 12v supply to the bare wires at the far end - didn't work (checked polarity)

    I then found a 240v plug in torch charger with the same fitting as the one at the beginning of the cable. They worked

    Any ideas why?
    I'd rather connect them directly to the 12v circuit than use the torch charger, which needs my inverter to be on,
     
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    They should work off 12v , and as previously mentioned they are polarity sensitive
     
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    you need a starter box and check their IP rating ,if you go into a decent Electrical wholesallers such as Newy and Ayre they will be able to provide you with all the correct info:)

    Most of the LED strips are for indoor use only
     
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    They are supplied with their own controllers
    The ones I bought anyway:)
     
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    If you look on eBay they sell kits with everything that you need. You may not want everything but at least it will give you an idea as to what's needed and what goes where. Inside, mine are wired from the 12v with an inline fuse to the control box which also has the IR remote sensor wire plus the pos & neg connections. These plugged into the LED light strip. Where the light goes around a corner (overhead cupboards mood lighting) you can buy angle connectors.

    I also have multi coloured LED strip on the underside of the awning box. These I wired directly into the outside 12v awning light and these have a good IP water resistance.

    MMM did a feature last year on fitting them if you read it and have old editions still.
     
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    I found this useful on YouTube....

     
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    Thanks guys for your input

    I just read the EBay product description again and it says that the lights can be connected directly to a 12v supply.

    Have ordered a male connector to allow me to wire directly into the pre fitted female socket. Hopefully they should then work directly off my 12v circuit, rather than using my 240v torch charger, which is the wrong amperage.

    Will post a pic when it's finished
     
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    Hope it all works for you, you shouldn't need any sort of starter at all, just watch the polarity. I did our van out replacing all the fluorescents with LED's and it works a treat.
     
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    Thanks for that
    In the product description it mentioned polarity and said simply to reverse the wires if you get them the wrong way round - so no permanent damage.
     
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    True, no damage to van or led (y)
     
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    All fitted and working
    Full width garage lighting using LED reel lights

    image.jpeg
     
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    Very posh. :)(y)

    Richard.
     
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    Thanks Richard
    The standard fit Carthago strip light was next to useless.
    Just need to get the LED floor tiles fitted and it will be like a disco in there
     
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