LED battery powered lights for the safe

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  1. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

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    My safe is installed under an overhanging shelf that really limits the amount of light that shines inside when the door is opened. As a result, seeing the back row of my upper handgun shelf isn’t easy. I’m often grabbing the wrong gun when looking for a particular one or missing the slot in the rack when putting one away.

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    I saw these LED lights on Amazon and bought a two-pack to try out. They use three Duracell AAA batteries and have a magnetic or tape mount that sticks to the wall and holds the light. They’re small enough in diameter to magnetically stick onto a little shelf right above the door of my Cannon safe. Now I can see all the way to the back of the safe.

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    The neatest part is the motion sensor. When I open the door and reach inside both lights pop on and light up the dark area on the top shelf. After 20 seconds or so of sensing no motion, they shut off.

    https://www.amazon.com/Lighting-Led-Closet-Light-Battery-Bulbs-Magnetic-Light-Security/dp/B07Y564TJ5/ref=mp_s_a_1_13?dchild=1&keywords=battery+powered+led+lights&pd_rd_r=0e07fc34-c8ed-4a90-897f-0177e8e25e47&pd_rd_w=vTnMP&pd_rd_wg=VP1ck&pf_rd_p=ce028c81-ed8c-425a-8404-93bf425aa8ce&pf_rd_r=G7KRN8BXD0G4TB8TYB2P&qid=1630734875&sr=8-13

    I’m going to order two more and mount them on the safe walls under the shelf so my rifle/shotgun areas get lit better than they currently are. :thumbup:

    Just thought I’d share an idea for those of us with a safe in an area of the house with so-so lighting who either can’t or don’t want to wire an electric light into the safe.

    Stay safe.
     

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  2. Navy87Guy

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    I did something similar but used these lights:

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B072R22HSG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They’re motion activated and rechargeable. They use a magnet/metal strip combo to mount to the wall/ceiling of the safe. About once every month or two, I pull them out and throw them on the charger for 30 minutes. (I am usually in my safe 2-3 times per day so how often they get charged depends on the usage.)

    Much better than having a cord into the safe!!
     
  3. Alex Clayton

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    I bought a few of the rechargeable motion sensor lights for my safes. They were a GREAT invention. Open the door and the lights come on. Also got a couple the stick to the outside above the dial that are red. As soon as we walk up to the door they come on and make it so you can see the dial or key pad in the dark with red light so its not taking away your night vision. Figured it may be handy to be able to open the safe without turning on or using light some time. They too just plug into a standard cell phone charger.
     
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  4. edwardware

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    Neat, but batteries. . .

    I ran an LED rope light around the interior periphery of the door, and powered from the same socket that runs the heater rod (to reduce relative humidity). That way they don't get scared in the dark with the door shut.
     
  5. Riomouse911

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    Yeah, not a big fan either but I’m stuck. I was originally hoping to wire some lights but it would be a royal pain. The rear-garage area where my safe is has no electric outlets anywhere near it (The original builders were idiots!) I’d have to take out a bunch of drywall to wire an outlet or run a cord across the floor and along the wall, so batteries it is. (I live in a very humidity low-stable area so I don’t need a stick.)

    Stay safe.
     
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    Love the red light idea! :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  7. herrwalther

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    I have a similar light in my bedside EDC safe and in my ammo lock box. Open the door, and I have light. I just have to remember to recharge the batteries every couple of months when they run out. I have a different light in my main safe that works better for me. It has two switches, one constant on, the other is a 1 minute timer. Saves battery if I am opening my safe to grab something that isn't a firearm and don't need the rest of the safe lit up.

    Next light is a red light one for the keypad.
     
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  8. Gone Hiking

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    Motion activated lights are nice. I have mine plugged in with an extension cord tucked along the wall. Barring that, keeping a small flashlight on a safe shelf is helpful.
     
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  9. balin

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    My motion operated LED light is something better then a flashlight. I can just stand back and admire what is inside.
     
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    Thanks to your review I ordered a pair of these and put them in my small safe. They work very well and have been a big help. :thumbup:
     
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    Hey Rio, thanks for the heads up. Got 2 on order for my safe.
    thanks and have a great Thanksgiving.
     
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    Not motion activated, but I 3 led lights from HF
    Magnets on back, easy to mount and move. Run lm 3 AAA batteries

    There is always a solution to a problem. Rednecks will find it.
     
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  14. whughett

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    Just placed an order. Good idea. Now I can quit hunting for a flash light ever time I open the safe door.
     
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  15. CapnMac

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    I have these--USB rechargable--way better than batteries: https://www.ebay.com/itm/284015930276
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    Skinny and low profile, and inexpensive, too.
    I went the round with the 4xAAA battery versions, which are fine until the batteries leak (and they will, as batteries are incredibly cheap any more). Love the safe-filling light, though.
    My only gripe is that they shut off middling quick, but respond to motion, any motion to light back up.
     
  16. Bronco72

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    Duracell batteries guarantee device replacement or money to if damaged by battery leakage. A friend of mine has had two devices replaced or funds to there of. Something they don't advertise about.
     
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  17. Cfish

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    Duracells are a no go for me, they leak.
     
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