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I posted a how to below in the thread.


I installed a small LED inside the cap of my Scotty Downrigger that is powered off of the hot lead of the downrigger. It works REALLY WELL to light up the depth counter numbers. No more struggleing to read, and no more holding a flash light while trying to lower the rigger. I can send a list of parts and a "how to" if anyone is interested. I will be at the GF Blackmouth derby at DP if you want to take a look.
 

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Sure, I'd love to see it
 

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I too would like to see how to do it

Thanks Mike
 

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I'll put a parts list together and see if I can get some pictures and post them here. Process is pretty simple and the parts are available at any electronics dealer. I get mine from C&G electronis in Tacoma, but I think Radio Shack might have them also. I'll try and get this done tonight and post.
 

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FDB said:
pmenchaca said:
I will be at the GF Blackmouth derby at DP if you want to take a look.
Where is DP at Perry? :lol:
Sorry, meant Point Defiance (PD) Will you be there?
 

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LED how to:

Here’s what you need:
1. Super bright 3mm White LED 3.6v typical.
2. 470 OHM 2% resistor
3. Two runs of 25 gauge wire (make sure they are long enough to reach from your depth counter window to what ever 12V power source you are going to use.
4. Some electrical tape or better yet some liquid electrical tape
5. Terminals (Crimp on) for the type of connection you’re going to use.
6. Some shrink wrap to fit the wire. (two strands need to fit inside)

Strip off about 1/2 inch of insulation from both free ends of your wires.

Make a simple DC circuit by soldering one wire end to one lead of the LED. That side is now done.

Next solder one lead of the resistor to the free lead of the LED. (The one that does not have your wire soldered to it.)
Now solder one end of your second wire to the free end of the resistor.

You should now have one wire attached to one lead of the LED, and the second wire to the resistor and the resistor to the other lead of the LED

Place a small amount of electrical tape between the two exposed leads on the LED to keep them from shorting out.

You can now test you light by touching one end of one wire to the positive terminal of your battery and the other wire end to the negative. The LED should now light up. (Note: some LED are current sensitive, so if it doesn’t light, just switch the wires. If you have to switch the polarity to get the LED to light, mark which way they go so you can connect them to your power source the right way.)

You can now run the wires through the heat shrink. Don’t shrink it yet until you have your terminals done.

You can run the wires to your battery, a switch or, like I did, to the hot and ground leads on my down rigger. Once you have connected and tested, you can go ahead and shrink.

I placed my LED under the cap of my rigger and used some tape to hold it in place. Once I was satisfied with the location, I used some silicon to glue it in.

The nice thing about the LED is that it never gets hot, lasts forever, and draws almost no current, so I just wired mine so when my riggers are plugged in the light is on.
If you have any questions, or would like me to help out, just let me know.
 

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This should be put in the 'Best Of", or a sticky. I know I will want to do this eventually. Thanks.
 

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Now this is a GREAT idea!!!! Tup: Tup:

I guess my only question is exactly where to wire it into my downrigger. I'm going to do it. I'll take pictures and post them.
 

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Not sure If I will have the boat ready in time (fishing ready), I still need to do a few things before I wire in the DR's and the electronics. I have gotten snobbish, i refuse to mooch that area that seems to lack fish :) !
 

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First question on the material list, for the resistor, Radio shack has 470 OHM, with a choice of watts, and they're 5% resistors, will that work.
 

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seaeagle_2 said:
First question on the material list, for the resistor, Radio shack has 470 OHM, with a choice of watts, and they're 5% resistors, will that work.
No problem, that just means that it is + or - 5% on either end. Will still work fine. Remember when you test that you may need to switch the polarity (change sides on the battery) to get the LED to light. The led is polarity sensitive, but it doesn't matter which side you put the resistor. Let me know if you need anything else.
 

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Did you ever take any photos you could post? Thanks again for all the help!!!!
I did, but I keep getting an error that they are to large to upload. If you PM me your email address, I might be able to send them there. Also, I don't mind giving a hand if you need.
 

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My old Scotty downriggers had the LED to show the power was on. It was a great tool to test for power and conections. Thanks for posting. Sounds like a simple add on that will really help!!
 
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