Originally Posted by rancher44
So let me get this straight in my mind .
The unit has a bulb that will cause failure in 5-7 years [or in my case 4 months]. And this all could be avoided by using LED bulbs.
Am I understanding this correctly?
And maybe the life of the unit could be prolonged by dimming the unit when possible.
This sounds to me like poor design--I am really mad!!!!
I doubt your failure was due to a bulb. Although not impossible, it would be ver rare to have a failure at 4 months. CCFL technology has been around a very long time and is very mature. Your failure is most likely something else, and if you have had multiple failures, I would look at the install (power supply, location, ect).
You do have to remember that these units were designed and entered service
LONG before LED technology was mainstream. The E80 went into service
in 2003, which means it began its design around 2001 or so! You can be mad and think its a design flaw, but its not. Its a design constraint that the engineers were forced to compromise on in the early 2000s. Chartplotters should actually have a longer life than a TV or computer monitor
as they are not turn on as often. Although this may be cancelled out since they usually run at a higher brightness level.
Again, I would suggest you look closely at your install if you are having multiple failures. These plotters are well designed and using quality components, although failures can happen, it would be super rare to have multiple failures. 1000s of these plotters were installed on boats around the world that gave YEARS of service. My C80 was installed in 2004 and operated till this year before I needed to change the bulbs.