The characteristics above also make LED lighting very attractive for accessory lighting on your boat. LEDs for this purpose are available in a variety of packaging options, but one economical and very flexible way to utilize LEDs is to integrate LED strips into your boat for a variety of lighting purposes.
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In addition to single color options, LED tape lights are available in RGB strips which, through the use of a controller, can be programmed to display one of many different colors. I could have gone with these RGB strips from one of various sources, but at the time I was trying to manage the cash outlay since I had just picked several new "toys" for the boat, not to mention it was the Holiday's itself, and ultimately I did not have a strong desire for more color options (though my daughter may have enjoyed a pink option).
I decided to mount the lights 2.25" from the outer edge of the gunnel insert, which is about 1/2 way front-to-back. I did a test run and with the insert installed on the boat you could not see the light strips unless you laid down on the deck, and I figured given the angle on the LED this would give a nice, even wash effect across the deck.
One of my friends had picked up a roll of these lights for his Hurricane deck boat upon my recommendation and had them installed by someone along with some other gear. He mentioned to me that the 3M double-stick tape that is on the strips was not doing a great holding the lights on as were are coming off in some places from time to time - this could be due to the installer not cleaning the surface well, or maybe handling the tape, or just the irregularity of the mounting service. However, I figured I would use a little extra insurance and I picked up a roll of 3M outdoor double-stick tape at Home Depot. Its about 3/4" or 1" wide, has red protecting tape on it and maybe and 1/8" thick. I laid this out and then adhered the LED tape (after removing the protective covering for the double-stick tape that came on it) to the outdoor double-stick tape - and put the two strips side-by-side, and trimmed off the remaining. The outdoor tape was wide enough that I could put one additional LED strip next to it had I wanted - sort of wish I had gotten a white strip now as well.
In order to make both the initial installation, but also future maintenance easier, I installed quick-disconnect connectors on the wiring near the gunnel inserts. All connectors were crimped with a quality ratcheting crimp tool and quality heat-shrink terminals were used, with each wire labeled for ease of future identification by myself or some future owner. The wiring for the strips were tied back to a SPDT switch to allow a single switch to either turn on the red or blue lights independently.
All in all this is a fairly easy project which is not very costly and has very "visible" results. Give it a try!