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Old 05-12-2012, 01:05 AM   #1
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Fun with LED's

So while ordering LED striplights for the little helicopter, I also bought a 1 Mtr Amber LED strip just as an experiment to see what I could do about the how poorly lit the outside entertainment bay is. I measured the strip all the way around the top and sides and attached it (it has self adhesive strip all the way around).

Nice eh?
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Looks great!
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How did you wire this in?
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How did you wire this in?
Well, this was part 2 of another project. I kinda got on an LED kick after Quartzsite this year. Did several lamp swaps, but then I built L E D Z I L L A... The dimmer knob you see in the pic drives LEDZILLA, so it only made sense that I parallel the radio box LED's onto this dimmer, and it was easy to get to. I notched out the top plate of the CATV plate and ran DC from dimmer to the LED strip. They both run on 9V since I wanted to hard hold voltage regardless of house DC levels.

Here's a pic of the lights in the box. You can see the DC at the top.
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looks great

ahhh this looks great, and I have been considering similar, but have not located the right dimmer, can you give part number and help on where to buy dimmer switch?
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A man after my own heart! Great job.

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ahhh this looks great, and I have been considering similar, but have not located the right dimmer, can you give part number and help on where to buy dimmer switch?
The dimmer is one of THESE that I took apart and remoted the pot to the panel. But being anal about max light output at any voltage for LEDZILLA (boondocking at or below 12V, or on full charge at 13.5V+), I ended up installing THIS little regulator at the input of the dimmer, converting LEDZILLA down to 9V, and setting for max rated current spec on the LED's. The LED striplight is more than bright enough in the small area at 9V and below, so I didn't change anything there. A little expensive in the end, but it looks cool and draws .500ma at full bright
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