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Old 09-15-2013, 11:45 AM
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LED's under rail

I'm thinking of putting some LED lights under the interior side rails and under dash of my 1996 prostar 190. I'd like to use accessory switch to turn off and on. Anyone got pics or advice? Winter project.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:01 PM
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I had done it on my 205. I just bought 5 meters of blue led rope on eBay and used tie wraps to attach it to the clips for the speaker wires. Had it wired to a unused aux switch. It was very easy, looked great, and cost under $20. No pics right now but I can probably upload some later.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:44 PM
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You mean something like this? Nothing under the dash yet, but.....

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:52 PM
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Any of you guys know of a 'fitting' to make electrical connections to those LED lines? I bought the 15 foot LED strings, but couldn't find any 'quick connect' pieces to make connections easy. At the moment, I've just been cutting the length of LED I need and soldering wires to the ends, but I've got to believe there's some sort of clamp-on or snap-on piece to make the job easier.
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:04 PM
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Any of you guys know of a 'fitting' to make electrical connections to those LED lines? I bought the 15 foot LED strings, but couldn't find any 'quick connect' pieces to make connections easy. At the moment, I've just been cutting the length of LED I need and soldering wires to the ends, but I've got to believe there's some sort of clamp-on or snap-on piece to make the job easier.
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Like these? Its what i used.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10pcs-No-wel...item232ebf205f
http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-PCB-2-Pi...item4854aeeb30
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Old 09-15-2013, 09:09 PM
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:48 PM
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Soldering is much better than a "quick connect". If you have the ability to solder them yourself keep doing that.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:10 PM
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Soldering is much better than a "quick connect". If you have the ability to solder them yourself keep doing that.
Agreed. If i was to do it again i would probably just solder them. Its just 2 wires so its not that big a deal.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:34 PM
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I'm not very good at soldering. I was able to get two LED strands done, but took about an hour and about 20 attempts before I could get the solder joints to hold. I'm at the point where I just want the project done. I know, I know, a bad attitude to have, but when I look at the time cost vs benefit, it just doesn't work out to try to solder everything.
I checked out the two ebay links. They look like just the ticket, actually ordered the double end pieces. Thanks for the link, retoxtony!
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:39 AM
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For soldering. make sure the point you will be soldering too is clean has no coating. Use the iron to heat that spot up and put a drop of solder on each point (+ and -). Next strip the wires back about 1/4", and twist them, then heat the with the iron and "tin" them by adding a little solder till they turn silver. Now take one wire, touch it to the silver solder point on the LEDS, and touch the iron till the drop melts, then remove the iron and let it cool. Repeat.

The trick is making sure the solder point on the LED's has solder on it before trying to solder on a wire.
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