Today I opened the goody drawer and pulled out some things I bought a while ago to light the cabin. My idea is to have the cabins lit with indirect lighting along both sides. The valences covering the hull-deck joint seemed a logical place. The idea is to illuminate the boat enough to find ones way around without draining the battery. To do this I picked up some strip LED's on ebay.
|Strip LED's with a solder terminal every three diodes.
|Valence, upside down, on the bench.
The valence is a 2 1/2" piece of 3/8" mahogany plywood attached to the underneath of the deck joint with two or three short pieces of 1" aluminum angle. Along the back of the valence a wood strip approximately 3/4" x 3/8" is attached, and the self-adhesive LED strip is stuck to the bottom of the strip, so the LED's are facing downward.
|Starboard shelf behind settee.
|Port shelf behind settee.
I also found, and ordered, a 15' strip that had 600 LED's instead of 300, and was also waterproof. I'll use this in places where I can use shorter strips for more intense light.
Now, to find some decent bulkhead reading lights ...