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Xmas lights for night wheeling?

Anyone thought of using the Xmas lights for wheel well and undercarriage lights?

Great time of year to pick some up.

After night wheeling locally with a club and realizing how useless lightbars are unless your the lead vehicle. And how useful wheel well lights and under lights are. I started looking at amazon, ebay, etc.. for LED strips. Pretty cheap and in-expensive by the way and the best lights you will use on the trail at night for rockcrawliing.

So today I'm at walmart and see Xmas LED lights and think Hmm... why not? Cheap easy to string along etc...

Only problem I can think of is 12V power, but why wouldn't it work? anyone??????? Opinions????


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Anyone thought of using the Xmas lights for wheel well and undercarriage lights?

Great time of year to pick some up.

After night wheeling locally with a club and realizing how useless lightbars are unless your the lead vehicle. And how useful wheel well lights and under lights are. I started looking at amazon, ebay, etc.. for LED strips. Pretty cheap and in-expensive by the way and the best lights you will use on the trail at night for rockcrawliing.

So today I'm at walmart and see Xmas LED lights and think Hmm... why not? Cheap easy to string along etc...

Only problem I can think of is 12V power, but why wouldn't it work? anyone??????? Opinions????
run an inverter and let us know how it works out.

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I run cheapo waterproof led strips from amazon and they work great! Something like $14 for a 16 ft roll. They outshine any other rock lights Iv'e seen and they can be mounted almost anywhere.
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I run cheapo waterproof led strips from amazon and they work great! Something like $14 for a 16 ft roll. They outshine any other rock lights Iv'e seen and they can be mounted almost anywhere.
That has to be a typo, you mean 16 INCH roll don't you?

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no typo, it's just shy of 16 ft. I think its 15ft 6in or something. Just search for it on amazon, tons of vendors carry it. I run the 5630, it's brighter than the 5050
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This one

http://www.amazon.com/NEWSTYLE-16-4F...=1418165927422



NEWSTYLE 5630 5M 16.4Ft Waterproof 300 LEDS 60LEDs/m LED Strip Flexible lamp light with DC connector Cable (Cool White)



NEWSTYLE 5630 5M 16.4Ft Waterproof 300 LEDS 60LEDs/m LED Strip Flexible lamp light with DC connector Cable (Cool White)

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With these it says they are cutable? Does this mean that you can use half the stips for one side or the other or even cut the whole thing into 4 strips and use? In which case I guess someone would have to solder wires to the other cut strips correct? and how easy is it to do it?


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My bad.

I was thinking of these things:
http://www.autozone.com/lighting/lig...ps/369554_0_0/

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I got my 16' led strips on amazon for $8...works great. Not as bright as the high dollar ones but it works.

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Yes,the ones azoth linked r what I'm talking about. Yes, u have to cut em to make different lengths to go around the jeep. Just cut, solder wire to the ends and silicon the connections, extremely easy. I don't know which ones ur running stretch but my 5630's are brighter than my brothers vision x. One roll is plenty to do a 4dr. 5ft on each side and 3 ft front and back.
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They're probably all the same but the ones I got are from 360 deal on amazon.
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Did you need to run any thing to keep them from flickering? or are yours wires straight up? I ordered some small amber ones for the side markers to replace the round factory I had zip tied in and was taken off last trip.

I also ordered the reel like you did 5630 as well as a switch.

So any suggestions or will these probably not flicker like some have issues with?


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no typo, it's just shy of 16 ft. I think its 15ft 6in or something. Just search for it on amazon, tons of vendors carry it. I run the 5630, it's brighter than the 5050


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Mine are wired directly from switch/fuse, no flickering

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Mine are wired to my s-pod, no flicker.
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Let us know how it works out like to see it .

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