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Old 09-11-2019, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wiring help for LED strips

I'm working with a boat here, so technically off road related.

I put in 12v 5050 RGB LED strips on my aluminimum boat under the gunwale to light the deck for night fishing. Used a kit from China via Amazon, and wired with spade connectors directly to power and ground distribution blocks under the console. Lights are operable via the remote for the strip controller. The draw is max 6 amps, and everything works fine. For the most part.

The first morning on the water we took off away from the ramp and as soon as I started to trim up, the lights came on. Each time I bumped the trim up, the lights would change colors.

I'm ASSuming this is due to voltage surge/drop from the trim motor combined with $2 worth of Chinese electrical engineering. My knowledge of 12v wiring puts me square in the "hack but does clean work" category. Is there something I can wire in to steady the voltage and get these things working normally?
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Bad connections, long runs, corrosion, too small of wiring, can all cause voltage drops. You might just be drawing more than your system can adequately handle. You might do a dedicated run direct from your battery (add a fuse) just for the lighting.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Pull out the chinesium RGB strips and get decent single color strips. They'll last longer and work better.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Pull out the chinesium RGB strips and get decent single color strips. They'll last longer and work better.
My thought was I don't know what color will be the best or what intensity, so I went with cheap ass RGB dimmable. So far, red dimmed down is the best compromise between being able to see on deck and seeing on the water ahead of the boat.

From what I can tell, the strips are pretty much the same. The differences are in the controllers and the tape that comes on the strips.
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better strips have better diodes and better waterproof coating. Controllers are easy to swap out later.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Can you buy red only strips?

Possibly dimmable red only strips?
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