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Old 06-02-2012, 12:44 PM
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Default Best location to mount under gunwale led's

I can mount the self adhesive led strip lighting to gelcoated fiberglass under the gunwales but the lights will be shining horizontally .

Or I can mount the lights to where the lights shine down towards the deck but the will require adhering them to a much rougher finish of fiberglass.

2 questions:
1. How well will the adhesive stick to the non-gelcoated glass?
2. Will I be losing much light output by mounting them with the led's facing horizontally?
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Here's a post on how I installed mine - you want the light to "wash" the gunnel as an indirect light.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-thread-2.html

Get some heavy duty outdoor double stick tape......

If all goes well this evening and tomorrow I'll be firing them up for the first time tomorrow evening and will take some pics.
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I mounted my self adhesive LED strips to a length of acrylic (smooth surface) and then screwed that to the underside of the gunwale, facing down. Two ~40 inch strips per side (one 5 meter strip total.)

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Originally Posted by me00351 View Post
I can mount the self adhesive led strip lighting to gelcoated fiberglass under the gunwales but the lights will be shining horizontally .

Or I can mount the lights to where the lights shine down towards the deck but the will require adhering them to a much rougher finish of fiberglass.

2 questions:
1. How well will the adhesive stick to the non-gelcoated glass?
2. Will I be losing much light output by mounting them with the led's facing horizontally?
There is a u shaped plastic track for this lighting that can be screwed in.
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
I mounted my self adhesive LED strips to a length of acrylic (smooth surface) and then screwed that to the underside of the gunwale, facting down. Two ~40 inch strips per side (one 5 meter strip total.)
I was thinking of that too. I've used the pvc board and I can get it in 2" width x 10' long at Lowes.
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I bought 10 ft rolls with ends on start and tag. Cut them in half and put 6 ft in bow and 4 in the cockpit. Centered. Mine came with little clips and I drilled and screwed them to underside facing straight down. Did a test with a Brick power supply and masking tape to see. Double stick tape and globs of glue had no chance at all. Maybe a glue gun.

Did one side to make sure then tried to order other side and got 8 week delay from China to my source. Nice lights and brighter than the others I tested


Pic of the test on the 6ft section in the bow of Contender 27
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