I am a big fan of filament type 5w car sidelight bulbs for quiet relaxed lighting on the boat. Have also exerimented with LED but they are a bit bright so do need to be mounted behind a filter or in such a way as to reflect the light.
About ten years ago I stumbled across Electroluminescent wire. el wire for short.
Tried some briefly then sort of forgot about it.
Recently I thought I'd try it again and have found it quite interesting. It gives enough light "so you can see where the beer is" and being thin 2.3mm flexible wire it can be arranged into shapes or straight lines.
5m with inverter (it needs AC to work) about £7 UK stock. 20m length from Hong Kong about 8.50 + 2.50 for the inverter.
The little inverters make a bit of noise which is a nuisance.
Quite good stuff though.
Basically it glows green-blue colour naturally and you can get different colours by adding a filter colour to the pvc sleeve.
For best light output the greens, light blues and whites are most effective but I have tried pink and it does produce some light. not a lot but better than nothing.
They use tiny amounts of power. Much less than led.
I agree that relaxing lighting, including LED, shouldn’t be directly viewable.
So with that in mind we have LED tape attached to the under-gunnel area of the entire saloon/dinette/galley (facing down) and naturally they are RGB LEDs so we can set the colour according to the mood.
Tel - LEM - a - Khus for the thickos that didn't do the classics at proper school.
For your boat, you were correct in post #2. And if the candle were to set the whole shebang on fire, think of the crematorium fees that would be saved!
When I lived afloat LEDs were not hugely available. Everybody I knew used candles or oil lamps. The thing was to get fat ones since they burned longer and were generally safer (more stable), but careful selection of what the candle stood on or in was important. I remember a pair of crusty dope smokers who put a candle on top of a TV set then fell asleep. They were surprised at the results and felt sure that they could have the TV replaced under warranty. I would have loved to have been at the shop when they walked in. Anyway there are some great bulk deals online these days. Also, oil lamps are good but those who used paraffin had boats that smelt of the stuff; actual lamp oil was harder to come by but worth it.
The only boats that burnt down I ever heard of involved badly maintained solid fuel stoves.
I made a stilt costume with it last year. Had trouble with the joins, had to re solder some, a PITA. It doesn't seem to like bending and moving. Dance gently young andrew or you'll break it.
These ones are fine. I have out the pink one up around the wheelhouse windows passing it through self adhesive cable tie anchor pads. It takes bends no problem at all but you don't want to pull it too hard I think it's about a kilo maximum loading.
I tied a knot in the end of it and it is perfectly happy still working.
I guess on clothing the movement might be a problem. These ones are fixed. Indoors.
They don't like UV so outdoors will kill the pvc covers.
I have some led lights, around 12 inches by 1 inch which work fine but are on the bright side. Any suggestions as to what I could use to diffuse the light a bit?
Fit a diffuser?
😂 Well, you did ask 😂. A piece of opaque white plastic? Maybe there is a sign makers around where you could get a bit of scrap? Fluorescent lights have a clear but knobbly surfaced diffuser, an old one of them cut up?
NB Bittern's Boom, 32ft Narrowboat reg'd 1968, moored on the highest mooring on the network.
dogless: Yes thanks John ... no milk or sugar, but a nice biccy
Mar 31, 2020 12:27:19 GMT
loddon: Thanks for the confirmation, I am thinking of changing tablets because of the cough but maybe I wont
Mar 31, 2020 13:07:45 GMT
JohnV: There are other drugs but I haven't found the side effects with Ramipril to be bad, it seems to just make my throat a bit more sensitive so things that might have just tickled my throat and make me want to clear it now make me cough.
Mar 31, 2020 13:58:31 GMT
loddon: The cough is the only one I get from ramipril, although the combinatins of drugs I am on has interesting effects.
Apr 1, 2020 15:56:47 GMT