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I am thinking of putting some glow tubing on the inside of my 14 foot jon boat, mainly for night fishing. It would also make it look really cool at night.

The concept is simple, some of you may know - clear tubing from the hardware store, filled with water, with an LED in either end. This should light it up even if it is curved, right?

I want to put long tubes running the length of the boat, on the inside groove of the side runners. That would mean 13+ feet of slightly curved glow tubing. I may have to end up splitting the glow sticks into smaller sections, but would like to see if I can do long single tubes.

I'm concerned that the light will fade out in the middle considerably. I'm OK with it fading a little, but I don't want it to be noticeably bad.

Will a narrower light beam help solve the problem? (found some 12 degree online)

I will go for the narrowest beam and highest candlepower possible.  Am I on the right track? Got any advice?  Thanks a bunch

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Vyger (author)2012-02-07

This is designed for under a car so it would work for a boat,

http://www.xoxide.com/streetglow-optxneonundercarkit-neoblue.html

Not to bad a price for what you get.

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rickharris (author)2012-02-07

You will have t experiment - In my experience thing acrylic rod is better for distance than tube - OR cheap plastic optic fiber - you may need to crack it to get light along the length.

HOWEVER water in plastic tube does work. You could use IR leds and dissolve some highlighter in the fluid - may need to use rubbing alcohol though. This glows quite well.

OR break the tube into shorter lengths - A few drops of milk make it cloudy and shows the light better.

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rickharris (author)steveastrouk2012-02-07

Ooops Sorry - UV

Finger Brain Eyes one or the other not working

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canucksgirl (author)2012-02-06

You might want to look at this for an option... The LED ribbon comes in 16.4 ft lengths in a waterproof sleeve. Even if you don't want to purchase from the source, the concept might be something for you to try and replicate.

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catman529 (author)canucksgirl2012-02-06

Thanks, looks cool. However I am hoping for a single solid strip of light, rather than a bunch of lights in a ribbon. I appreciate it anyway.

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canucksgirl (author)catman5292012-02-06

No problem. I also read your reply to iceng. Perhaps you should consider going with a glow-in-the-dark route if cost is a major factor. You'd get better results over the whole length of the boat versus using only a few LED's. Plus anything that fluoresces only requires daylight to recharge.

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iceng (author)2012-02-06

Can't be helped light must leave the tube to be seen ergo it will get dimmer.

Try using EL wire carefully sealed because humidity kills it.

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catman529 (author)iceng2012-02-06

EL wire is new to me... seen it mentioned here, but that's it. I'm hoping to keep it more budget though... a few loose LEDs and some plastic tubing are cheaper.

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