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Old 08-02-2010, 15:50   #1
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Inside Lighting

What is a common watt used for inside lighting or should I be asking what lumana ?

Not sure how to word this right.

I want to replace all my inside light bulbs with LED lights but not sure what watt/lumana I should get.

What do you use???


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Old 08-02-2010, 16:38   #2

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I've gone all Led. I took crown moulding and drilled pairs of holes at 4" centers to accept the led wires. The crown moulding runs athwartships on the bulkheads. With my multimeter I found the leds were getting the correct current 3 in series with a 330 ohm resistor. The 10mm 15k mcd Leds were purchased at for $30 per 100. Resistors at radioshack $1 for 5. Crown moulding home depot.

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Old 08-02-2010, 17:09   #3
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After seeing the LED comparison test by Mainesail,

LED Bulb Review / Comparison !

I decided to go with sailors solutions LED's, even though they were more expensive than others.

I am very happy with them, and they're even a little brighter with more even light distribution than our old halogens.
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Old 08-02-2010, 17:19   #4
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I have been using Sailors Solutions plug in bulbs to replace the halogens in all my reading lights for several years. Made the mistake of trying DrLed lamps for the dome lights, and now that two out of four have already failed am switching them to Sailors Solutions also. Have the red/white with dimmer at the chart table, now a white/white in the aft cabin. As the other DrLeds fail will replace them also with the white/white. Also have two AlpenGlows and a Bebi Fautasi in the main cabin, so low watt lighting is pretty good.
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Old 08-02-2010, 19:34   #5
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I replaced all of our fluorescent fixtures with LEDs. The GOOD ones. Using resistors with LEDs is throwing your power away (they work by reducing current by heating up). Good LEDs are $5-7 EACH and up. Try Cree LEDs - Led Driver - Led Fixtures - Led Optics - Luxeon LEDs - LED

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