12v LED Camping Light Strip

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 08:33
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I am after a quality 12v LED camp light strip that I can run off my dual battery cigarette lighter plug. Must be weather proof, high lumen output but low amp draw and of hardy construction. I wish to use it under the awning off the side of the 4x4 for cooking, drinks, etc etc

I remember there being one sold through the EO shop before which had a combination of yellow and white lights. I did manage to source one through ebay however they are having supplier issues. I'm not interested in the ultra cheap ebay specials. Happy to buy something decent.
Any recommendations ?

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 08:50

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 08:50
Go to Jaycar.
They have a selection. One in particular is 1mt. long waterproof and has a peel off sticky back. May need the attached connector removed and replaced to suit your requirements. I stuck mine to an aluminium strip in turn popped onto a roof bow in the camper. Exceeded my expectations.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 08:57

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 08:57
Have done a similar thing in the past but put Velcro dots on the aluminium strip and then can fit it in a number of spots, magnetic tape would be another option if you had metal poles
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Follow Up By: futch - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 10:12
try alled.com.au. have good kit
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 20:29

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 20:29
I've got same LED strips from Jaycar too - but stuck mine to a piece of aluminium angle to angle the light down.
And I riveted a high power magnet to the back which is unlike me as I am a velcro tragic!
3 LEDs only use 100mA, and put out good light. Mounted some others under the tailgate.
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:11

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:11
The two colour strips are a waste of space. led lights run at a different frequency and have little attraction for bugs, so you might as well use each space for a led on the strip for a white light.
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:26

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 21:26
Ok thanks. Good to know.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:19

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:19
You could try ... https://www.acdcledlights.com/
We've picked up some gear from them and they seem reasonable quality and price.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:26

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:26
I bought mine from the ExplorOz shop a couple of years ago and would have recommended ibuying it from the Shop, but I have noticed it's no longer showing as an available item.
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It has a two mode selection, orange or white (or both).
It is called a Duo 90 Flex Lens by 4x4 Equip and has 40 x white and 40 x yellow LED's.
You can switch between yellow or white LED's.
I have one mounted on the internal frame of my camper and works very well.

4x4 Equip lists them for $99.95 but I don't think I paid that from the ExplorOz shop.

Twin Duo 90 Flex Lens
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 15:52

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 15:52
Hi Bill - Yes this was the mob I went through but he ended up refunding me as he couldn't get them from his supplier. Thanks again
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Reply By: tshilux - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:47

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:47
Try JGM Direct. I have had a look at their website and they appear to have some good gear at a decent price.
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Follow Up By: Top End Az - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 17:40

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 17:40
Thanks. Had a friend today also mention JGM and got some good gear from them.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:48

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:48
Having just re-read your exact requirements, have you considered the EvaKool Torpedo 12v LED Camping Light.
Very compact, puts out an equivalent to a 100 watt bulb and very economical to run.
At 129.00 it is cheaper than the Versa-lite LED or the Twin Duo 90 Flex lights.

One point to remember is that white lights attract insects, although the LED's not so much.
Over the years I have gathered a Versa-lite 12v fluro to which I added a yellow diffusion screen, a Versa-lite LED, an EvaKool Torpedo and the Twin Duo 90 Flex Lens strip light.

I use the yellow Versa-lite near the cooking end of my annex, the Versa-lite white LED (or the Torpedo) at the other end and the strip light inside the camper.
There is nothing wrong with the Torpedo, I just had to have a Versa-lite LED to compare with my Versa-lite Fluro. All are great lights.

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 13:24

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 13:24
Jaycar strips

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Follow Up By: ROBBS GONE BUSH - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 16:42

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 16:42
Hey Pinko,

Good setup, couple of questions.

Is the plug shown the standard plug or did you change?

Do you run the power cord inside the pole down to the ground then out through another grommet and then to power?

What is the white plastic container you have with the adjustable clamp holding it to the pole?

Cheers Rob
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 17:23

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 17:23
Rob
The plug and socket is jaycar. Power cord through the pole to a set of three flush mounted cig sockets. I have a narva cig plug with a right angle cable exit with a rocker an illuminated switch to power the led bar. The white delrin block used to be a clothes hanger. Has been replaced with a better idea.
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Reply By: ian.g - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 14:43

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 14:43
Try Korr Lighting, Australian made and very good quality kits, can contact them at www.korrlighting.com No affiliations just a good product.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 20:23

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 20:23
Highly recommend these kits but price may deter some.
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Reply By: Hoyks - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 15:21

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 15:21
I got the $15 for 5m delivered off Ebay. I also got a pack of 10 splice connectors for $5 so I can cut the strip to the lengths I needed, 2 LED's being the minimum length. For that price I couldn't go wrong.

They arrived within 2 days and are super bright, i unrolled then in a dark shed, held the bare wires onto a battery, then stumbled around trying to find the light switch with spots before my eyes.

My only complaint is that the adhesive backing stays stuck to what you stuck it to and not the light strip. That was fixed easily enough with some metho and automotive double sided tape.
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Follow Up By: rodnirene - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:35

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:35
I used that type on the underside of the gunwales of my boat..works a treat
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 17:01

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 17:01
" I'm not interested in the ultra cheap ebay specials."

It wouldn't surprise me if they all came from the same factory in China. I suspect the more expensive options are just packaged by an importer.

I have purchased a few 5m reels for around $9 Like this one. Both water proof and not. They work perfectly well and seem quite "decent" to me. I have had no trouble soldering directly to the copper pads on the strips. I made an illuminated dune flag out of a 3.6 m fibreglass fishing rod with a dayglo flag at the top, and sections of white, red and white LEDs below the flag. It takes visibility to a ridiculous extreme.
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Reply By: andrew t - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:44

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 18:44
try aldi they have a set in a case with 3 led strips and dimmers and all the wiring you need for about $150 not a bad set al set up ready to plug and play
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Reply By: Member - LG__ (WA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:08

Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 at 22:08
snip "Must be weather proof"

One of our purchases was a 1m strip for about $20 from a boat shop. Can't beat the 'waterproofness' of those designed to be used on boats :D

On the subject of LEDs and bugs... the 1m bright white strip did attract hordes of bugs on a particular night, but none the night after that at a different location. Conditions and lights combined are the key methinks :)
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 17:12

Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 at 17:12
Here are a few to choose from: Whitworth Marine Strip lights.
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