After a rain shower exposing the weak point in my lighting setup, I believe I am on the right track to remedying the problem. Although the lights are "waterproof" the control box is not. We had a brief shower which shorted out the blue light causing it to always have a small supply of voltage. I remedied this by epoxy potting the circuit board my new box. I dont have pictures, but I took the box apart and filled it with a 5 minute epoxy deep enough to get the board down in. I put some on the board around the components to assure I had no air pockets, and pressed the board down into it. I then used the remaining epoxy to cover the board. This is NOT a waterproof setup, only a highly water resistant setup. Water can still theoretically enter in where the wires come out of the epoxy, and corrosion can still come in at any of the exposed connections, but this will keep it safe especially when the deck is back on and it is out of the elements. The epoxy will also act as a sort of heat sink. I read all over the internet about using a bedding type epoxy, but in the end, I never found any solid enough reason not to use the 5 minute stuff. It is non conductive, and doesn't cost $40 a tube. It seems as though the only problem with using it is removing it for wiring repairs, and the chance that wires can break at the epoxy as they arent allowed to flex. The wire movement is not an issue, as they are secured by the outside of the box, and I will just buy a new box at 16 than attempt to repair it.
The other weak point for corrosion intrusion is the joint between the strip and the control box. It is an unsealed 4 pin plug. I cut this plug off and have used red heat shrink butt connectors to make the joint instead. Nothing is bulletproof, but I hope this will allow me to have a bit of extra wiggle room when it comes to preventing corrosion.
I tried the bedded setup yesterday and it seems to work well with no problems.
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