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Old 06-07-2010, 16:30   #1
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Replacing Alpenglow Light with LED

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I would like to replace my Alpenglow 9W fluorescent bulb overhead (Cabin) lights with SMD LED light. I am not sure how many LED's it would take to match the 9w fluorescent bulbs. From what I was reading it is not a direct lumens replacment. The Aipenglow is 400 lumens.

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Why not simply contact AlpenGlow? (Alpenglow Lights)
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:18   #3
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ONE Sailor's Solutions warm white ought to do it.
We love ours. 190 ma draw each.
LED lighting, soundproof, Sailor's Solutions Inc.
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Curious to know why if you dont mind sharing? I will be replacing all of my cabin lights and was going to use a compbination of Alpenglows and Sensibulbs depending on location and space constraints.
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Why what, Escape Plan?
Your query could apply to all 3 previous posts.
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Sorry meant to say curious as to why wingover is ditching the alpenglows in favor of the sensibulbs. I have heard such great things about both lights and was figuring on using both. My thoguht was that the alpenglows would be best for general cabin lighting (flood lighting) and the sensibulbs more suited for spot or reading lights. I also have some concern about the size of the alpenglow fixtures and their suitabilitiy in a few locations on my boat.
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We repalced several of our overhead lights with Alpenglow fixtures and while they are a little costly, they give excellent light for very low amperage draw. The high and low power night lights are also very useful. Different ships, different long-splices however...
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Both Sensibulbs and Alpenglow fixtures have very wide, even light distribution and similar color temperature. I've got both.
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Hi All,

Thanks for all the feedback. I am looking to replace them to get better amps. I have nothing against Alpenglow. I think they are great, just want to save amps as we are getting ready to go cruising and will not see marinas for a while.

I have 13 of them on board.

senormechanico , can you share more about the amps? if it worth replacing to LED?
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Alpenglow 13 watt is roughly one amp. A 9 watt (which I don't have) would be about 750 ma whereas the Sensibulb is 190 ma (approximately 2 watts) with lots of light. More than the 10 watt halogens they replaced.

If you decide to replace the Alpenglow light, take out everything in the fixture but the switch(es), but you can still use the lens. You might have a height restriction. Measure carefully.
Sensibulb has added other lamps since we purchased ours last December.
Ours were the G4 replacements, and I had to do a little surgery to the overhead fixtures with a Dremel tool.
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Thats what I wanted to do (keep the lens and frame).
If I understand you correctly, one sensibulb would give the same light as 9W alpenglow??
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I use both Alpenglows and Sensibulbs

The Alpenglows have a broader light pattern and still reasonable power consumption, and provide all of the lighting for the main cabin and galley. The Sensibulbs are used for the reading lights, and for the dome lights in the forward and aft cabins, as well as the heads. The LEDs are more focused, and not what I want for main cabin lights.
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I have replace most of the halogens in the main saloon with LED's. Each year they get better. I still use halogens for task lighting in the galley. I hope to replace the cockpit incandesence lamps this year with new waterproof units. The cabin lights are flourescent and quite efficient. My anchour light is LED and is usually one of the few that is lit each night. I leave it on all the tine and a photocell takes care of it
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Thats what I wanted to do (keep the lens and frame).
If I understand you correctly, one sensibulb would give the same light as 9W alpenglow??
It's dark, I'm on the boat at anchor right now, so this is the perfect time to compare. Both pictures were shot with no flash, equal settings on a Canon A 3100 camera. Janet is reading under two Sensibulbs spaced about 2 1/2 feet apart. Thomas the cat is under one 13 watt Alpenglow.
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... this is the perfect time to compare...
What’s your subjective judgement, Steve?
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