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Old 09-07-2014, 12:12 PM
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Default Skunk work LED spot/flood lighting project

I've been seeing these CREE LED spot/flood light combo's on eBay for rediculous cheap money and since I needed a solution for lighting up the water behind my boat while night fishing, I figured I'd give them a try.

I just installed 2x126W cree 20" led light bars I bought off an ebay seller. Cost me about $300 all in. The bars themselves are similar to http://www.ebay.com/itm/301062325282...S:3160&vxp=mtr.

To say they are bright is an understatement. These things are like stadium lighting. Will they last? I don't think they will last years; the wires aren't tinned and the sheathing is total crap. But at this price they will be cost effective, even as throw aways (about $100 each). I've had halogen deck lights that failed after two years.

The lights draw about 10amps each, but since I just put a couple of batteries dedicated to the cockpit back there I just use those and was able to keep the runs very short. Those batteries are on their own charger so no worries running out of juice.

I do admit these aren't the quality of Rigid lights. That wasn't my intention. Two Rigid light bars at roughly half the output would have cost me ~$800 all in. I may end up there, but if I get 2 years out of these I will be well ahead of the game. It's like the difference between van stahl pliers and generic. They both work well new, but you can buy 20 pairs of generic for the cost of one pair of van stahl.

Anyway, here they are mounted. Should really blind people out there.
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Old 09-21-2014, 12:45 PM
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We added the 21" Cree led light bars on a build this spring. Initially we had planned on the Rigid brand but they took 2 months to reply with a tech question that Cree replied to in 1 day. With the warrantee the same and the price at $90 for Cree vrs $700 for Rigid, we went with Cree.

We added 5 bars total. The light output is awesome. No problems at all. We got them on ebay.

I think your 10 amp draw per bar might be a bit high.
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