I decided to drop a few bucks at Lowe’s yesterday on a strip of LED lighting in the hopes I could made a simple mod and run them on 12 Volts DC.
Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case.
After looking over the connectors I found that the lighting was designed around LEDs, which is nice, but the little “adapter” which I assumed (wrongly) would be a simple step down transformer, going from 120ac down to 12vdc was not. Instead it was a device (called a rectifier, a set of diodes really) that converted the voltage to 120vdc instead of dropping it down to where I could use it.
In other words, the lights weren’t designed (probably purposely) to use low voltages.
So… no easy modification there. But, on the bright side (see what I did there? LOL) they light up the cabin pretty nicely. I can really only use them on shore power as I wouldn’t waste the battery power to run the inverter to run these lights.
I promise, they aren’t throwing out lightning bolts like a Tesla Coil. Though it looks cool. haha
One image showing part of the lighting.
Different image showing the rest of them.
Later, I’ll go on the hunt for strip lights from Amazon.com because they have everything a electronics geek could want to play with!