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Old 17-06-2017, 13:58   #16
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Re: Cockpit Lighting Plan LED24v

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Cant' tell in the description of the channel, but is there any light quality/brightness loss from the channel cover?

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The lens is a diffuser and no light is lost. Here is an example of the lights I made in our pilothouse: this is on each side as a 180cm long channel much like in airplanes. These are RGB LED's and I have a switch to go from white to red light, plus a dimmer:
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Re: Cockpit Lighting Plan LED24v

I use dimmers like these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 which are normally used for dimming airplane dashboards. They have a 4-channel version that is even better than this one, and a 2-channel one the same as what I linked.

Here is the same light switched to red:
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Re: Cockpit Lighting Plan LED24v

I received new 45-degree angled aluminum channels and am building my cockpit lights right now :-)
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Re: Cockpit Lighting Plan LED24v

Great information and mood lighting Nick.

I will use something similar inside the Pilothouse behind the curtain mullions

From your experience with LED strip lights and using a dimmer

1 What is the optimum Watts per foot for strip Ambient lighting?

2 What is the optimum Watts per foot for strp Task lighting?
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Re: Cockpit Lighting Plan LED24v

I use these for ambient behind the mullions:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and these for task lights:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It isn't just intensity but also a different color.

When mounting the LED strip indoor and out of sight you can use these clips to keep them in place:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The cockpit lights are the waterproof strips and I like the cool white best for it, but it is the low intensity kind. It is easiest to look at how the 3-LED pattern repeats: for normal strips it is 3 LEDs every 5cm and the high intensity is double, every 2.5cm.

Same for the RGB LEDs: in the cockpit I use regular density but inside for the galley and navstation lighting I use a double density version. The pilothouse, galley and navstation are the only areas that get RGB for red night lighting.
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