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LED strip upgrade on a sailboat
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LED strip upgrade on a sailboat

by ksolo on Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:32 am

Hola team Adafruit,

My wife and I have sold everything and are outfitting a sailboat for circumnavigation. Exciting times here. However, the lighting situation happening on the boat is problem for me. In the main salon there's a 20' factory LED strip (12v) that's factory installed (in France) and is white-only with no dim control (works with an on/off switch only). I'm looking to upgrade this strip to something way more cool and controllable. I've included photos of what the beginning and end of this strip look like. I'm 10 years out of touch with LED tech... what would you recommend? What strip and controller tech? How to connect to the factory wiring? Thanks in advance for all the awesome guidance I know I'll get here....

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Starboard end of factory strip
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Port side of factory LED strip
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Re: LED strip upgrade on a sailboat

by dastels on Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:06 pm

ou have a 12v supply... any idea on the current capacity? LEDs are hungry thinks, ging to RGB triples it, although dimming (via PWM) will reduce it. NeoPixels are a favourity, and can handle any sort of animation effect you want as they are individually controllable. Have a look at https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide to get started. There are many NeoPixel based projects in the learning guide area that might give you ideas and inspiration: https://learn.adafruit.com/search?q=neopixel.

For controlling them, you can pretty much any microcontroller board.

Dave

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