Hey everyone! I saw a few other posts about this topic but none that were very recent, so I thought I'd start another one just to see if things had changed much.
I'm looking to eventually replace all my lights on board with LEDs. I'm going to start first with the interior
lights, then the nav lights, and then the mast head
lights (but first I have to get up there to even see what I have...).
For the interior
lights, I have some 5 watt, recessed halogens (4 in main cabin
, 1 in V-berth, 1 in aft stateroom) and some bulkhead mounted dome type lights. I'd like the overhead recessed lights to be a little brighter and I'd like to have some red lights for nighttime use. I found these: Red or White Switchable LED G4 Bulb
and they look really promising. I was wondering if anyone else has tried them and can comment on the brightness. They say the white light they give off is equivalent to a 10 watt halogen, so if they really are about twice as bright as the ones I have now that should be perfect. I'd also like to make sure they don't have a weird tint or anything before I go and buy 6 of them.
Then the dome lights I have 3 that take this type of bulb: Festoon LED Bulbs from marinebeam
(I guess they're called "festoon" bulbs?) and one that takes 2 G4 halogens and has a 3 way switch (Off-1 on-both on). I'm thinking I'd like to use these as extra bright, white light when needed and maybe have the festoon bulbs as backup for the bow nav light in a pinch. The one that takes 2 G4s is in the galley
and I'd like that one to be especially bright for cooking
and whatnot. Anyone have any suggestions?
For the nav lights I've kind of just started looking so I don't have too many specifics in mind. If anyone has some general guidance for those, I'd love to hear that too. The bow light is a festoon bulb and the stern light is one of these (I think): Bayonet Bulbs with Indexed BAY15d Base (for Nav Lights)
Thanks so much everyone!