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12-01-2004, 10:31 PM
There are several flotillas in my area for boats with decorations. Anyone know how to rig Christmas lights on our boats, wiring and such? Thanks. Bill Z

12-01-2004, 11:16 PM
Bill, During the holidays, the last couple of years, I took regular outdoor 120V lights and hooked them up to a converter that was plugged into my 12V outlet. They worked fine. A friend did the same to his SUV and put lights on his luggage racks. I think my converter is rated for 150 watts and I used about 100 lights.
Good luck!

12-01-2004, 11:41 PM
they also sell battery powered light strands.

12-02-2004, 12:37 AM
Yes, I wondered if a cigarette lighter converter was an acceptable technique, but didn't know how many lights it could handle. I've never seen the 12V DC lights. I guess I could talk to the dealers. Thanks for the tips. Anyone with pics? Bill Z

12-02-2004, 01:27 AM
Well if you are going to do this.....will you put an Angel on top the tower?

I think the converter is the best solution, look on the Xmas lights for the wattage rating and make sure the converter is much greater.

If you Google search for "12 volt Christmas lights" there are several options:
http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/categorydetail.asp?CategoryID=131 (http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/categorydetail.asp?CategoryID=131)

12-08-2004, 10:27 AM
Ironic that link is for a company right here where I live, may persue adding lights this year to my boat. :headbang:

12-08-2004, 01:09 PM
Xmas light draw very little amps. You could use the smallest/cheapest inverter they sell at WalMart and run enough strands to over-decorate any size M/C.

About 10 years ago, one of our local lakes used to do a 'Fourth of July' lake parade (in the evening) and all the boats from the marina would rig up lights. It was really cool.

12-08-2004, 02:15 PM
I would say the inverter is probably overall cheaper and easier, but you will have 110V in the boat with you then instead of just 12V so handle with care. I don't remember seeing the inverters with GFI protection.....so handle with care!

lakes Rick
12-08-2004, 05:30 PM
Bah humbug!!!!!!