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Unread 11-25-2012, 01:32 AM   #1
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LED strip light advice.

I'm looking for decent quality rolls of LED lights that I can put in my Jeep. My current plan is around the edge of the tub and maybe on the roll bar. I have strip lights from Autozone but they are very expensive for such a short run. Have any of you gotten rolls you can cut and re connect wires to and start the run over again?

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Unread 11-25-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/170895192798...84.m1497.l2649

Just got this in Saturday. Says it can be cut every 3 leds. Going to install this week sometime. Maybe Monday or Tuesday. I will let you know how well they work and post up some pics. Its about 15 ft for 18 bucks.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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Strip LED lights suck, you have to solder onto very small connection points, and if you get said connection points too hot the solder won't stick anymore, then you have to trim off the light and start all over. Or if you take a speed bump a little too quickly you could stress the solder joint and there goes your light.

The best thing to do is to buy LED tubes that are ready to be installed, such as these:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-light-tubes/

A 7" tube is brighter than factory dome lights.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/170895192798...84.m1497.l2649

Just got this in Saturday. Says it can be cut every 3 leds. Going to install this week sometime. Maybe Monday or Tuesday. I will let you know how well they work and post up some pics. Its about 15 ft for 18 bucks.
Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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Strip LED lights suck, you have to solder onto very small connection points, and if you get said connection points too hot the solder won't stick anymore, then you have to trim off the light and start all over. Or if you take a speed bump a little too quickly you could stress the solder joint and there goes your light.

The best thing to do is to buy LED tubes that are ready to be installed, such as these:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-light-tubes/

A 7" tube is brighter than factory dome lights.
I figured it would be hard to do. I saw one company on amazon that sells new connectors so you don't have to solder. Thanks for your help.

Edit: I drive on dirt roads everyday so I'm sure the connection would fail sooner rather than later. I was thinking something like the strip lights that could be cut and connectors like these http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers...pr_product_top . Needless to say I really have no idea about any of the actual components. Those tubes are cool. I like that they are removable unlike the double sided strips. One for each side of the tub maybe? I already have replaced the under dash footwell lights with LED strip lights from amazon. Looking for the rear now.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 10:59 AM   #5
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There is an outfit that sells these LED strips allot cheaper than most I've found. I ordered a reel of "green" leds to do a friend of mines Goldwing. They come in a 5 meter reel and you can cut them in sections of 3 led's if needed, and they are waterproof. Here's the link: http://www.electron.com/led-strips/smd-3528-led-strips/ It took only 3 days to receive the LED's.
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The pictures of those look identical to the ones I got on Ebay for 18 with free shipping.
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Unread 11-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #7
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Check out the strips they have at walmart. About $17 for 2 12" strips in red, white or blue. They have several different styles.
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I cut my own strips and they have held up fine. got a 16 ft roll for $19 shipped and cut as I needed. Solder hasn't failed yet after a year.
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