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  • Nightlight or workbench additional lighting

    posted by NielV on 04/23/2011
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    Nice (mostly) sealed construction, suitable for use in kitchen to improve illumination of bench. Also nice low profile.
    There is a connecter at each end for linking.
    Wires are soft like silicone or other high temperature (safe) wire.

    Cons:

    This is a 2W lamp. If I knew that I would not have bought it as I need more for lighting a kitchen workbench. But it is sufficient.
    Sealing at wires is not the best, so for acquarium you should add a bit of silicone (only at wires).
    Wire tails should be shorter, because if you link it you probably want them as close together as possible. I'll just cut/solder/heatshrink it together.
    Housing is plastic, not metal. Metal would have been nicer, but I guess plastic is easier to mount using double sided tape (actually industrial VHB tape).

    OtherThoughts:

    I'll probably buy more because of the low profile and sufficient light. It is relatively directional because the LEDs have a built-in lens. We'll get some more for our kitchen work bench, perhaps also for cupboards.

    Bottomline:

    Does what it says, would have prefered a bit more details on specifications, but it does work.
    It is 12V 170mA. Any regulated 12V supply will do. If you want to use it in a car and want it to last, connect a 10 Ohm 1W resistor in series (2V / 10 Ohm = 200mA, close enough). 5 Ohm is too little and eventually the strip will fail.

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