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Old 18-12-2015, 06:52   #31
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Re: LED interior lighting.

Originally Posted by Nicholson58 View Post
Please read my posts. Automotive LEDs have dropping resistors. They are made to operate in an environment where energy conservation is not prime. They are made to run at alternator charging voltage (13.8 volts) and will be dim when running on partly discharged batteries. They are cheap because they are made cheaply. If you hook up to shore power every night - OK. If you care about your amp-hours these are not what you want.
Thanks for the heads up, the ones I've used have worked well so far and are still more efficient than the traditional bulbs in those fixtures.
At this point they're the lesser of two evils, I'm pulling the boat next year for a refit, at which time the lighting will be updated to more modern marine fixtures with the correct set up.
All the running lights have marine LED's, I didn't want to chance it with those.

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Re: LED interior lighting.

We purchased all new interior light fixtures plus deck lights and replacement LED bulbs for our running lights from Marinebeam and, while I am pleased with the overall quality, was disappointed that many of their fixtures (including reading lights and chart lights) have an exposed wiring run, rather than the wire entering from behind the fixture. Installation ends up looking very makeshift. The images of these fixtures does not show the exposed wire tails on their site, so be careful when ordering! (The replacement fixtures for flourescent tube lights, howver, do have hidden wiring).


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