Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by Stu » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:24 pm

A battery is too big just use a nice big flat solar panel to power the lights! Cuts down on cables, slim fit and won't effect mpg charging it. What's not to like!


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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by anglefire » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:44 am

Yeah that'll work Stu, nice bright lights during the day and darkness at night - shame you can't use a not gate to reverse it :shark:


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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by Stu » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:50 am

Mark you seem to think my plan is floored because the sun won't be out at night? Well I can tell you I've thought about that already.

I would mount the solar panel so that it catches some of the light from the lights (not so much that it blocks out the lights obviously) so that the solar panel is powered from the lights. Then you can use them day or night!

Simples!


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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by anglefire » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:52 am

You must have thought I was stupid not to have thought of that one :lol:


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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by PillowSmuggler » Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:25 pm

:lol: You planks! :lol:

OK, I've found some seriously nice bus bar systems, some of them adaptible to what I'm thinking of, many of them being more than the value of the car per meter.

So, being the old skinflint I am, I'm looking at alternatives.

I was thinking of using this kind of profile :
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and hot-gluing tinned copper wire in there. 16mm wire is 4.5mm wide so it'll fit inside nicely.
I can then mount it sideways like an E on the back of the rail and get +ve an -ve along the whole rail length, out of reach of fingers but easily reachable by a couple of bolts to make electrical contact.

Any issues anyone can think of with this approach? Only one I can think of is UV resistance...


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Re: Adjustable roof rail mounted work lights

Post by PillowSmuggler » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:59 am

Actually, now I think about it, each track could be a switched live, giving 4 different switched power options to the roof area...


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