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Old 01-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #57
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License Plate Light

News flash: just got the license plate light from SuperBightLEDs. This is an excellent little light. Very bright, water proof, nice looking fixture, good light pattern, uses 55 ma. Can be cut down to 20 ma with a 330 ohm resistor and still put out plenty of light for a step. Looks like it's available in several colors of emitted light.

Be sure you've got 1" clearance between your step (when the step is up) and top of the step well, or mount it further back in the well. The emitted light angle is fine for mounting it towards the back of the well.

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This is a lot easier than making a fixture for a segment of the LED tape. I'm thinking of using them in other places--compartment lights, shower, over the toilet...

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #58
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News flash: just got the license plate light .... I'm thinking of using them in other places...

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I put one on the inside, directly above the entrance door, I need to add one for the step and wire them to the same switch.
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I put a LED license plate light inside the scoop of the overhead door light
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News flash: just got the license plate light from SuperBightLEDs. This is an excellent little light. Very bright, water proof, nice looking fixture, good light pattern, uses 55 ma. Can be cut down to 20 ma with a 330 ohm resistor and still put out plenty of light for a step. Looks like it's available in several colors of emitted light.

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This is a lot easier than making a fixture for a segment of the LED tape. I'm thinking of using them in other places--compartment lights, shower, over the toilet...

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That looks pretty nice, Zep. Perfect step light, and I'll see if I can use one as a hitching light as well.

Thanks for all the work you're doing here...

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This is a lot easier than making a fixture for a segment of the LED tape. I'm thinking of using them in other places--compartment lights, shower, over the toilet...

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I got 15' of LED strip from Amazon for less than $1 a foot. I thought I would play with replacing the bulbs in the longer light over the bed , but, I really don't know what the heck I am doing. Do I just cut the strip down to the desired length, secure it and hook up the positive and negative wires?
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...Do I just cut the strip down to the desired length, secure it and hook up the positive and negative wires?
In a word, yes. The strip is polarity sensitive, make sure you keep track of which side is positive before you solder on your color-coded wire (like red and white, or red and black). If you don't use a color code you WILL screw this up at some point.

The strip is marked at the acceptable cut locations, which is is every 3rd LED. Each of the little copper spots are where you solder on your wires. The spots are tiny, so use a small soldering iron.

If you got the waterproof version, you'll have to carefully slice the plastic and then scrape off the 0.1" at the end in order to get to the copper.

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...Be sure you've got 1" clearance between your step (when the step is up) and top of the step well, or mount it further back in the well. The emitted light angle is fine for mounting it towards the back of the well. ...
PS--Despite the drawing showing the light emitting angle shining down, mount the fixture with the mounting plate UP, so the light shines OUT horizontally. You'd figure it out right away...Duh. Z
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PS--congrats on the use of wry. I looked it up (usage, not the word) and you're only the third person to have used it in the last 30 years.
I had some friends in the Texas Hill Country that had a bluegrass band named Wrygrass. It was in the late 80s/early 90s so it was in the last 30 years. But working its way towards barley in the last 30 years.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:40 PM   #65
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I moved the Safari back to the woods. I went out in the dark to check the light patterns and am completely satisfied. Here are my findings:
  1. The over-door light on bright is pretty much in your face 30-40 feet out to the side of the Airstream and gives good ground illumination out 22-25 feet and all along the length of the Safari.
  2. The over-door light in dim is not so annoying out 30 feet, so the neighbors won't come after you with pitch fork and torches, but still provides good light around the step and door.
  3. The "party light" setting on the front marker lights can be easily seen from 1300+ feet away, even through sparse forest.
  4. The light over the curb side window provides good illumination out 12 feet, plus the hitch and propane tanks, and the tow vehicle tailgate.
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I moved the Safari back to the woods. I went out in the dark to check the light patterns and am completely satisfied. Here are my findings:Totally happy,
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I wonder if that's how Close Encounters of the Third Kind was inspired.
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I wonder if that's how Close Encounters of the Third Kind was inspired.
No, I haven't installed the external speaker connections in the new "external connections" junction box where the scare light used to be. Plus, I don't have the right music ... yet. Z
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Ok, ordered some of those license plate lights... We're gonna have step lights this year. Of course, that means I have to blame demon rum (or Patron, Kob Creek or Bombay Saphire) instead of the infernal dark next time I take a tumble out the door.

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Zep,
I'm planning my order for LEDs now. I will do the step light and a couple of others soon while I'm reworking my steps and some other floor/belly wrap stuff. Then I'm going to go ahead and buy a weatherproof and indoor light strips for those future projects on my compartments, closets, tow vehicle and some other stuff.

BTW, this thread is moving at the speed of light!!! There's been so much activity here lately that it's smokin' hot...thus generating a kind of light that is seldom seen!

You da man!

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