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Old 02-28-2012, 10:44 AM
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I have a custy looking for LED strip lighting for his pontoon boat. He wants to install the multi color, color changing, LED lights down each side of the boat directly over the pontoons. The kicker, its 42 feet long. I have used the search feature and come up with some results. Just trying to see if anyone has any suggestions. I would like to be able to connect the strips end to end to save from running a bunch of wires. Please help!!!
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You can connect the strip lights in series - I think they generally come in 15' strips (the LED tape lights), but they can be extended - just need to ensure the wire you use to connect can handle the overall current flow - which should not be a problem with LEDs.

Get in touch with Bumster or MB Marine Electronics here - one of them can definitely get you set.....

If installing on the pontoons itself, then you need to think about mounting solutions - wonder if there is a LED rope lighting that is waterproof enough - might be easier for the install than the LED tape light.

We have a pontoon on our lake that did something similar - can't remember what color they used - apparently the CG or the DGIF told him he can't run the boat at night with them on - party pooper...... in my view I'll see him and know he's there - as long as its not blinding, etc.
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He is wanting to mount to the deck, facing down toward the pontoon/water. Ill send those guys some messages, thanks!
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Bumster is the one you want to talk to. We dont do the color changing lights right now. I know I can special order 10M rolls of our single color, maybe Bumster can do the same with the color change. Good luck
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You can connect them in series, however, the voltage is gonna drop towards the end of the strip. You can try connecting them in parallel, and maybe using an amplifier to control all the strips with the same controller/driver.

You might need to add at least one amplifier along the strip, keep in mind you are going to be connecting 3 16ft strips.
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10m or 32'8" is going to be the max for a few reasons.
1 voltage drop
2 Heat build up. The strips are a foil and heat will damage the circuit
Here is a way to do it, Everyone thinks of wiring from one end and finishing at the other. Run 42 ft down one side and cut it in the center and that is where you draw the power. If you need more info feel free to call me and I can describe this layout in detail

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i understand Rob. Can you please get me a price on what I will need to complete this job, as far as equipment and a product list and PM it to me? thanks!
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Any other leads on this strip lighting? Emails havent been returned and I have another customer wanting RGB, and my first customer is still waiting on a price quote from me. Business must be really good in south florida....
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Originally Posted by DirtBusters View Post
Any other leads on this strip lighting? Emails havent been returned and I have another customer wanting RGB, and my first customer is still waiting on a price quote from me. Business must be really good in south florida....
What am I missing here?
Call me. You can call me tonight if you want. I very rarely miss an email and I always return phone calls on the off chance that I even miss it
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That has to be a monster pontoon. It'll look like a casino when you get it all lit up. Should be pretty cool.

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