led strip lights

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  1. camocam1

    camocam1 Read Only Funster

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    The boss wants led strip lights fitted above the lockers and looking on flea bay it seems you can but the self adhesive strip a connector and a 240v / 12v charger for them but that means having to use a 240v socket !!!
    Not being too technical but can I split a 12v feed to the spot lights below the lockers and connect to that with an on off switch of some kind ??
     
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    They work direct off the leisure battery.
     
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    yes just ditch the 240 to 12v part and wire them to existing 12v supply via a switch and idealy a fuse, only thing to watch is they only work if the polarity is correct so not lights reverse the wires
    in a perfect world you would have a voltage regulator to provide a constant 12v but the strips are so cheap to replace anytime its probably not worth the hassle
     
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    I assume the wiring would be source then fuse then switch then lights
     
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    if taking power from an existing source (lights) then no real need for a fuse
     
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    I use them from this guy.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271078701124

    The 5050's are the bright ones..

    A quick note though. If you connect them directly to the battery then you will expose them to up to 14.5 volts. They will work fine but it does dramatically reduce their working life.

    I was forever replacing mine due to this until I fitted a 12V regulator to the lighting circuit.

    I used this one.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250914348006

    Since then I haven't had to replace the led strips in over a year. Prior to this they were lasting months before fading, flickering or going out (in groups of three leds)

    I am a fulltimer so mine get a lot of hammer especially during the winter.
     
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    I meant to say if you want the warm ones
    www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281018255808

    I don't like them as they look dim to me. I want the cool white full brightness ones..
     
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