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mervin
01-18-2013, 07:57 PM
113237I started at home Depot, picking up two fluorescent bulb protectors, 4 ft'ers. I cut one in half to make up two - two ft'ers to see if it is going to work.113238They should have two inserts per tube.113240You'll need the LED strips from Amazon.com (pictured below), 5 meters (16.4 ft) at a cost of about $15.00. I cut my strip to about four ft and doubled it in the tube, running the wires out the end and taping them out of the way. I also dipped the end of the LED strip in plastic dip to seal them in case any water gets in the tube. I glued the end cap in with rubber cement and let it dry.

I then dipped the end of the tube in plastic dip and let it dry. This took some time between dryings, and I dipped it three times.

Then I added a one lb lead ingot inside the tube, glued the end cap in place, let it dry, then did the three dip job again. This is what the end product looks like, not professional, but it seems to work OK.113243

It lights up very nicely and there is very little battery draw and no heat. I will add a 10 ft length of 113244wiring, tape each end to the outside of the tube along with a corresponding length of parachute cord or similar diameter nylon rope and attach a male end of a cigarette lighter cord to the wires and use my double receptacle outlets for power. Sometime this summer, I'll get out night fishing and let you know if they work, as in stay lit up. I will probably make up a white one next as I have heard differing opinions as to which color seems to work best for drawing baitfish in.

spyder
01-19-2013, 12:41 AM
What LED strip did you use, I see a 300 led for 5 meters and a 600 led for 5 meters or 16.4 ft.

cschottfish
01-19-2013, 01:07 AM
They look good, nice work.

mervin
01-19-2013, 01:40 AM
HitLights LED Flexible Lighting Strip Cool White or Bright White, 5 Meter or 16 Ft, 3528 Type, 300 SMD, 24 Watt by HitLights (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_hi?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=HitLights&node=228013)

zrdc28
01-19-2013, 12:36 PM
Good job! that is just another good rainy day project for me. Great presentation!

NIMROD
01-19-2013, 01:21 PM
Flexible Light Strip 300 SMD White LED Ribbon 5 Meter or 16 Feet By Ledwholesalers, 2026wh - Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Flexible-Strip-LED-Ribbon-Ledwholesalers/dp/B002QQ1YOM/ref=sr_1_16?m=A1F6IOFWIKN2GP&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1358619655&sr=1-16)

shipahoy41
01-20-2013, 07:31 AM
Those are similar to what Bob #1 used to produce. Nice job.

kyjohn
01-20-2013, 09:28 AM
Really cool! Thanks