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.
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!