Introduction: DIY Kayak Led Lights

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It's very easy to do this.

Item's needed

Hot glue gun

Waterproof led strip from ebay

12v 6800ah lithium battery

The project cost's $40 total.

Step 1: The Led Strip

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The led strip has a sticky backing to it already, You can peel and place this into the bottom channel of the kayak, fits perfectly till you get to the nose part. I used hot glue every 3 inches to make sure the water or heat would not make the led strip fall off.

Step 2: Power and Testing the Lights Out

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Here you'll see where the battery goes in, and you can see how it lights up around the area of the kayak.

Thanks for watching!


sfurnish1 made it! (author)2016-08-20

I used dual color LEDs, i dont go anywhere that i need nav lights. i use the green to attract bait fish and the white for work lights, works great

hitandrepair (author)sfurnish12016-08-21

That looks nice!

HP_II (author)2015-12-05

Love this, once I get back to kayaking, this will be at the top of my list to do. With Red and Green and White LED's this would be a great way to be seen on some busier lakes around dusk.

kburris3 made it! (author)2015-09-16

same kayak, only blue. the only thing that I did different was used a larger 12v battery and wired a switch that is located up front.

BrianC33 (author)2015-07-11

Correct navigation lights are required when sailing at night. Other than that a great setup! Will be very useful when night fishing... Thank you for posting!

joseph07 (author)2015-04-13

Good Instructable! You can probally do this with some neopixels and an Arduino to create effects on the watwr!

mrandle (author)2015-04-11

It would drive the fish crazy lol. I wonder if you could get lights strong enough inside the hull to make it glow but I bet it's fairly thick.

hitandrepair (author)mrandle2015-04-12

not sure but you can get the led lights in multiple strands of color even!

neopolitan (author)2015-04-09

nice idea but i think a red, green and white setup would be more conventional

hitandrepair (author)neopolitan2015-04-09

I agree and I know that this is the colors for official boating. Conventional maybe, but where Im going, no boats are on or in those waters. rarely you'll see another kayaker.

CHaD4HiM (author)2015-04-09

Thanks this is awesome information! I am going to do this for sure!!

fzumrk (author)2015-04-09

That looks really cool. Can you see down into the water at all with the lights?

hitandrepair (author)fzumrk2015-04-09

Yeah, I'll get a video up soon when I find clear water. The river I was in is very muddy.

hitandrepair (author)2015-04-09

I will be posting more content soon, this will be coming from my channel on youtube

drosenkranz (author)2015-04-08

great idea. I used these lights on my Vw buggy and in my house on the crown moldings around my ceiling they work great

hitandrepair (author)drosenkranz2015-04-09


jneong (author)2015-04-08

This is awesome! Do you have an estimated runtime for that battery and your given length of LEDs out of curiosity?

hitandrepair (author)jneong2015-04-09

The lights draw 5 amps at its full length. This is a 6.8 ahr battery, so just over a hour the lights will stay bright. I havnt used them over that. There is 300 lights in this strand i believe and is 15 ft long.

rhm3 (author)2014-10-21

What a simple idea. I never even thought of this. Definitely on my to-do list.

DIYDragon (author)2014-08-05

That looks awesome. I need to do this to my kayak now. :3

hitandrepair (author)DIYDragon2014-08-05

Post Pictures if you do!

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