LED cabin lighting, from Ikea?
Dutch Panbo reader Eric Criens (thanks Eric!) reports that this good looking LED strip lighting on his 25–year-old Midget 26 (still in production) was easily fashioned from a relatively inexpensive Ikea “Dioder” kit (see below and this alternative). Apparently you can just cut off the transformer and feed 12 volts to the two wires on the white-only strips to get the above. But if you want to go snazzy, Eric says the four wires on the multicolor versions can be fritzed with to produce a choice of white or red illumination. (Report back if you figure out exactly how.)
Eric has also done some interesting AIS/Web programming for his brother’s sailing catamaran, which has purportedly been using the Ikea lights for two years without a failure. I was particularly taken with the Ikea reference because last month I had my first store visit (free water taxis and buses!), and was quite impressed. But actually in terms of boat lighting I’m more interested in LED fixtures made for the purpose, or bulbs that work well in existing boat fixtures. On that latter subject, I’m pleased to note that esteemed Panbot Gram Schweikert (aka “ibsailn”) has done some solid research into various LED bulb options that will hopefully appear here or elsewhere online soon. (Gram, by the way, is planning a major VOJ voyage.)