I am just about finished replacing all of my cabin
lights. They were dome stlye lights with festoon bulbs and were terrible light, got hot as hell, and consumed truckloads of energy. I used Alpengow's with compact flourescent bulbs. They cost about $100 each so I just got a few here and there till I did them all. The light is tremendous and on high power they consume about .8 amps. I cant say enough good things about these lights and the decision to buy was based exclusivley on the advise of this community. For the reading lights I used the sensibuld LED conversions bought from Defender. These too are fabulous. Light quality is very good and warm and of course they consume nothing.
I have experimented before with cheap
LED conversion bulbs and every one dissapointed me. Sure they dont draw much juice thats a given but the light quality from every one I tried just plain sucked. Either not enough light, too focused in one tiny area, cold blue/white etc. Of course your mileage may vary but in my experience there is no free lunch. You get what you pay for in these lights.
My goal was to achieve good lighting
at an acceptable amp consumption
. Last night I was working on the boat with 8 of the alpenglows on. My link read -6.4 amps and the boat was lit up like a christmas
tree, I mean lit up! One on high power will do a pretty good job for the salon
but 4 and your asking for sunburn. I suggest you do some more searches on this board and you will see what others have said about this well covered topic.