LED Rope lights Brightness ??

Hi Just wondering if anyone has used the self adhesive LED rope lights that come in 5mtr lengths.
I am looking for some LED internal lights for my Alloy canopy on back of L/cruiser.
Seen plenty on ebay seem to be cost effective compared to other lights but wondering how bright the rope lights are if I used about 1mtr above each door on either side of canopy for light inside canopy only.

Cheers

Barry - Southern Cross Dreaming..

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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:09

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:09
Hi Barry,

I have used them and have 2 X 1 metre strips as lighting in our lounge room.
One strip is warm white and the other strips is cool white as a balance. Gives a nice comfortable light.

The cool white is leaning toward the blue so I mix it with a warm white, as I said for balance.

They are very good and are worth the money. I paid around $18 per roll via ebay from China.

Can recommend them no problems.

Cheers, Bruce
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Follow Up By: Member - GeeTee (NT) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 04:17

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 04:17
Hi Bruce,

Do you have the link to their eBay site ?

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:02

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:02
Hi Bruce appreciate the info

Barry
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 20:46

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 20:46
Hi Barry,

Here is a local supplier on ebay5 metre cool white

Here is an ebay page of themebay page of LEDs

Note that the waterproof ones are in a better package and therefore I preffer them. Cost the same.

For a reading light I mix both cool white and warm white as it gives a more balanced light. Cool white is hard on your eyes when reading. My eyes are 66 years old now so ar not the best. But a mix of the 2 is what I have found to be best.

All you have to do is to get on to the ebay site and type in the search line LED lights and up comes the pages I have given you a link to.

Hope that covers it for you.

If you sign up for Pay Pal you can purchase from China which is sometimes cheaper.

Don't be frightened off by the negative comments about chinese quality.
My 14 year old Makita battery drill was made in china. I have bought many things from there and have not been dissapointed with any of them.

Sorry about not getting back to you sooner but I have been busy on the brothers project..

Hope this helps.
Cheers, Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 20:57

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 20:57
Just had another thought Barry after reading the rest of the replies to your enquiry.

I have been thinking of getting some of that aluminium channel that Bunnings sell. It is about a half inch to three quarter inch wide in the channel and is about the right width for the LED strips. A bit of araldite in the channel and drop the LED strip on to it and you have a reasonable housing for them.

Cheers, Bruce.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 12:32

Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 at 12:32
Hi Bruce
Thanks I'll check them out

Barry
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Reply By: nootsa200873 - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:27

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:27
Hey there Barry, same again really, they are great. We have 3 x 1 metre lengths throughout our camper trailer. They run really well and are bright enough for all our needs. Recommend highly!!
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:04

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:04
Thanks sounds great for my use
Cheers.
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:28

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:28
if your talking about the the LED lights that come in 5mtr lenghts from China delivered to your door for $15, then i have some fitted to the rear doors of my Landcruiser and am happy with the amount of light they put out. to give you an idea, i have much less then 1mtr on each door (about half that actually), and the pic below does no justice to how much light they put out.



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Follow Up By: garrycol - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:52

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:52
Don't rely on the sticky backing though - does not hold well on some surfaces.

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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 16:52

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 16:52
i wouldn't put it on plastic trims etc, but a clean metal surface shouldn't be a problem.
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:06

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:06
Thanks Rumpig
Appreciate the pics. Just what I was after.
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Judy and Laurie - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:52

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 19:52
Hi Barry 2
We use them on our camper but we have stuck the leds onto stick on velcro so we can move them where ever we want them, we usually velcro them up under the awning over the kitchen, there great .
Judy
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:08

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:08
Judy thanks for info velcro good idea.

Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 22:46

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 22:46
I bought strip lights from this mob

http://stores.ebay.com.au/FBL-INDUSTRIES

no affiliation, but they were great - waterproof with rigid alloy frame - easy to set up and robust
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:10

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:10
Scott thanks for the link.
Barry
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Reply By: two_ks - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 23:44

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 23:44
Barry 2
as for Rumpig, we use amber led lights,not quite as bright but keeps the bugs away.
Ken
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 16:56

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 16:56
if i had bought the lights myself i most likely would have gone the amber, but the strips i got were left over from a mates install and given to me for free, so i won't complain...lol
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:12

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:12
Hi Ken
Thanks for the reply we also use amber light but a fluro.
Some areas works great then other spots not so good.
Must depend on the type of bugs around !!!!

Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: patsproule - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 06:31

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 06:31
As everyone else has suggested they are very good. The 5050 versions are the brighter ones - they have a larger LED chip. We use a 5m length with 60LED's per metre. Note that this length draws 2.1 amps though. You can buy the 5m rolls of flexible waterproof for $20 and cut them up as required.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:16

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:16
Pat thanks for info I was thinking of the cheaper ones as only need them for light inside canopy.
Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: Honky - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 10:26

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 10:26
One of things I look at in LED strips is the LUMEN output. If the sellor does not quote this I am not interested.
Over 12 months ago I got some from a factory in china that I do not think is on Ebay and they put out about 2400 lumens p/m which I understand is close to a Fluro tube. Cost a lot more than ebay items
Have a 1.2 metre length inside the camper and there is no problems reading books.
Use a 1.2 metre length outside in the kitchen area and also no problem.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:18

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:18
Honky, thanks for info.
In my case they don't have to be super bright just bright enough to see inside canopy.
Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: The Bantam - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 11:07

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 11:07
There are all sorts of things like this around, the form and the brightness vary.

festoon on fig 8, chains of blocks, semi-stiff fiberglass strip, mylar tape and both rigid and flexible tube mountede stuff.

I have the chain of block style on the insides of the doods on my gullwing canopy...on the sides there is a bout 2 meters and the rear about 1.5 meters.......great stuff....about as bright as a single fluro.

The ones I got come from jaycar/electus and consist of plastic blocks containg 3 leds with wires inbetween like a chain.

one thing to be aware of with all of these is the adhesive.

some may have good adhesive, others quite poor...and the supplied adhesive may not be compatable with what you are fixing too.

clean raw aluminium and normal paint will be easier, but if you are trying to fix to polyester powdercoat or acrillic resin fibereglass/gellcoat you may have to use an alternative adhesive tape...AND always ..always clean the surface with a clean evaporating solvent first.

I've tried 4 different adhesive tapes and the first 3 failed to last on the gellcoat on the doors.

I picked up some very high bond tape from my local pannel beaters suppler, labled as trim tape with the red backing.
It seems to be doing the job betwer that the previous...but well see what happens when it gets hotter.

othewise I'll have to resort to sicaflex.

Any of these in a quality form are great things.....but remember there are heaps of led fittings out there too....have a look in the marine shops.

cheers


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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:01

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 17:01
Thanks Bantam for the info. I will be attaching to new Aluminium inside the canopy.

Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: jack w - Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 19:36

Wednesday, Aug 08, 2012 at 19:36
Hi there, as said before there are many different variations of the LED tape on the market.

If you are looking as more of a feature lighting the best LED tape for this application is the LED tape that is 4.8w per metre this will use a LED called 3528 SMD . It will have 60 LED's per metre and give a smooth effect.

If you are looking for actual working light (tends to be used under kitchen cabinets etc) the best LED tape would be the 14.4w per metre type and this will use an LED called 5050 SMD. It will have 60 LED's per metre and give a smooth effect.

Warm white is a more brown , halogen white.

Cool white is a more pure, cold white (sometime blue tint)

If you want to see some images of the types and more information see
Instyle LED white LED tape
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Reply By: Karyn C - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 15:01

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 15:01
Hi guys
I'm looking for some lighting for our camper trailer as a fathers day present.
These strip lights look really great!
Please excuse my ignorance, but how are they powered? Would we need an electrical degree to rig one up or are they pretty simple??
Thanks & cheers
Karyn
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 16:53

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 16:53
Hi Karyn, I have ordered some off ebay from the above advice for $25 I'll give them ago.
I ordered the 5050 led it is brighter.
They can be cut to what ever length you need and just simple soldering skills needed to connect to 12volt source.
As in above post you can see how they are attached in the photo of the rear door of Landcruiser.
Good luck
Barry
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