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11-25-2019 06:58 PM
crimsen If voltage is dropping and causing issue, you need to stop the drop. Put a meter on it and confirm what your working with voltage wise. Depending on why its dropping, there are different solutions.

If the controller is getting the same voltage as whats at the battery, you may need more battery/charging to accomodate the additional load.

If the voltage is not, try heavier gauge wire and/or more direct run to the battery.

You could also try putting in a capacitor to give you extra supply power for those heavy use times like when trim motor is drawing a lot.
10-15-2019 02:42 PM
landscraper The controller that came with them works, it's just very sensitive to small voltage changes across the system and makes it act weird.

Would putting in a relay like on the old 150w KC's help even the voltage out and keep them from turning on when I trim the motor up?
10-14-2019 09:02 AM
yitzac1990 ive done it before, just have to make sure you get the right size pot....i think haha. wouldnt cost much or be too hard to bench test it either
10-11-2019 05:01 PM
Originally Posted by yitzac1990 View Post
you could buy a red only strip and wire in a potentiometer to dim the light as you like.
Do you know for certain that a pot will make LEDs dim?
10-10-2019 10:27 AM
yitzac1990 you could buy a red only strip and wire in a potentiometer to dim the light as you like.
09-20-2019 05:14 AM
Muckin_Slusher Can you buy red only strips?

Possibly dimmable red only strips?
09-16-2019 02:51 PM
ironmangq better strips have better diodes and better waterproof coating. Controllers are easy to swap out later.
09-16-2019 09:46 AM
Originally Posted by ironmangq View Post
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.
09-12-2019 08:33 AM
ironmangq Pull out the chinesium RGB strips and get decent single color strips. They'll last longer and work better.
09-11-2019 03:59 PM
ManNamedJed 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.
09-11-2019 10:03 AM
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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