How To: Install LED Spreader Lights On Your Boat Hardtop or T-top

Alright.

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today's project is.

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actually the second project of the day for me.

We're gonna replace these spreader lights.

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up on the hardtop.

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with some LED work lights.

I purchased these from Northern Tools, they come in an aluminum housing, glass lens and put out about.

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1350 lumens.

They are probably not going to be as bright.

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as the halogen bulb fog-lights that are up there now, but.

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I'm more interested in saving power.

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for when I'm night fishing, or if I do a night trip.

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and the lights are running for most of the time, I want to be able to.

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use the least amount of.

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electricity as possible from my main batteries.

So, first thing we're gonna do is.

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remove the ones on top.

I'll show you a close up of those in a second.

And then we will proceed to installing the new ones.

Alright, here is a close up look of the old lights.

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that are up there.

You can see they are standard.

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fog-lights.

Each of them are held on by a single nut in the back.

One of them.

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I know for a fact is.

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rusted up.

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and possibly frozen, so I may.

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have some issues getting that one off.

But I'm gonna move onto the boat now and grab some tools.

And see about removing the old lights.

Alright.

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so here's our first issue.

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This frozen nut.

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This is one of those times you actually wish the nut would break off.

(Metallic Wrench Noises) It's spinning.

The first thing I'm going to do is remove the lights.

There's two.

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bolts on the side.

(metallic wrench noises.

) (metallic wrench noises.

) If I can get in here.

I'm gonna take that off, that'll.

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expose the other side a little bit better.

(metallic wrench noises.

) Alright, now the lamp assembly can come free.

I'm not going to keep this lamp, so I'm.

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gonna go ahead and clip.

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the wires over here.

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I'm a little short on the wires coming out of the tube, so I'm gonna.

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utilize as much of the wires as possible.

They don't look that healthy.

Now that still doesn't get the bracket off.

The other side is a.

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Phillips head.

So.

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I think I'm going to try to get the nut off the way it is supposed to be.

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taken off.

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instead of cutting it off.

We'll get some WD-40.

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get me a 10mm socket.

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and a phillips screwdriver.

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and if all else fails I have to get me a.

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hack saw or something.

I don't even know that I could get in there to cut it.

So I'll possibly have to drill out that bolt.

Alright.

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so believe it or not.

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this appears to be working.

I did spray some WD-40 on it.

(metallic wrench noises.

) scf Ahh.

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sweet.

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sweet success! Wow.

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the hard part of this is done! (metallic wrench noises.

) Now I just have to move to the other side.

Hopefully that one is not going to.

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give me all this pain.

I was hoping this one would just come off easy.

But it's starting to spin too! These are Rally brand lights.

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some of the cheapest.

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lights they make.

Makes you wonder who put them up there.

Incidentally, it wasn't me! What the heck.

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lol.

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alright, I have to run and get a smaller screwdriver.

Alright.

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I'm gonna clip these wires too.

Hopefully, now with the smaller screwdriver.

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the right tool for he job.

Hello ((metallic wrench noises as the wrench fall to the floor.

) Alright.

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both lights removed.

Alright.

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our next issue is.

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the holes are too small.

So.

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(High Pitch Drill Noise) Alright, the holes are now reamed out.

The should be the right size.

It looks like 9/16ths.

That looks like 9/16ths too, so.

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I don't have that.

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I'll have to run down off the boat again.

Alright, this is where we are so far.

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Now the lamp itself is still loose.

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So, I need to tighten that on this side.

A little bit less room.

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to work with.

I should have set up a socket for this.

Now the cockpit / fishing area is kind of wide.

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so I'm gonna mount them as far up.

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as I can.

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but I still think they are kind of low.

I don't want them bouncing around.

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so.

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I'll tighten them.

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but I don't want to strip anything.

So I'll gonna err on the.

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side or “tight.

” (metallic wrench noises.

) Alright.

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see this big old chunk of wire that came with it.

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I have some.

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reasons for not clipping is down to size.

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I think at some point I'm gonna have to rewire this entire tube.

So I don't want to cut.

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this off.

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I'm just gonna splice it and ziptie the excess wire out of the way so I can keep it.

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for if and when I.

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ever get around to.

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actually doing the work running.

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(metallic wrench noises.

) running new wires through the tubing of the hardtop.

And it certainly could use it.

Alright.

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I'm gonna strip these wires, make my connections, wirenut them, and then i'll move on to the lamp on theother side.

Now, I'm kind of a.

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sucker for.

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liquid electrical tape.

This batch is a little old and nasty.

Now, I did cover my new seats.

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Alright.

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let's hope that keeps enough of the drip / moisture out.

Now let's see if we can ziptie these wires.

Alright.

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not the prettiest.

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thing i've ever done, but.

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I'm more about.

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it working, than about it.

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being pretty.

Alright.

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and there we go.

Almost done.

And of course I know you want to see it from this side.

So let's take a look at that.

And now I'm gonna do something.

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I've never done before.

I'm gonna show.

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you the results before I get to see them myself.

If I can remember which switch does the lights.

That's the bottoms lights.

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and go!!! Awwwee.

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I like it!!! Of couse.

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we'll get a much better.

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effect at night.

They only pull like fifteen or thirteen watts.

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Thanks for watching the video.

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I hope you found useful in some way, if you have any questions leave it in the.

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comments below.

And also if you like the video and found it.

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somewhat entertaining.

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or a.

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along the lines of what you were looking for, click the “like” button.

That goes a long way.

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to help me out.

And.

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as always thanks for watching and see you next time.

Alright.

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It's not quite dark yet.

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and maybe you were thinking I wasn't going to give you a night time shot.

But here goes.

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ready.

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set.

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go! The boat needs to be cleaned, but.

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nice light.

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nice spread.

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the entire cockpit is lit up.

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I'm definitely pleased.

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