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Old 09-05-2021, 09:31   #1
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Where to get correct cabin lights for a 1980 323 parson. There are 7 on my boat
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Old 09-05-2021, 11:01   #2
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Re: lights

What do you mean by the “correct cabin lights”?

Complete fixtures?

Bulbs?

I get my led replacement bulbs from Marinebeam.

Fixtures are available everywhere.

Incandescent bulbs are available everywhere.
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Old 09-05-2021, 19:50   #3
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Photo of light for which you wish an exact replacement.
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I need complete replacement on some and parts for others. However because of age I plan to just replace all fixtures. I plan to get picture next time I am at work.
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Re: lights




Are yours like the one above the nav station in the picture?
It might be nice upgrade to switch a couple of those over to be switchable from white to red.
I was amazed to see how many pics online show hurricane (kerosene) lamps of some kind or another on those early 80's 323's.
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Where to get correct cabin lights for a 1980 323 parson. There are 7 on my boat

"Correct" is a poor choice unless you're maintaining a museum ship.


If the fixtures are shot your best move is to replace them with LED fixtures. There are lots of choices, choose one that is about the same size and that will produce enough light. The 5 watt ones will illuminate a large area brightly, the 1-2 watt ones are suitable for small areas and locations that don't need bright light. As posted upthread the dim red/brighter white combinations are nice, I have one.


The problem is that these fixtures are typically around $50 each. They are time consuming to install.


You may find it prudent to purchase new LED bulbs for your existing fixtures and make minor repairs if necessary. You will cut the power consumption by about 5:1, the lights will run cooler, and you can just use epoxy for repairs and to hold the LED bulb in place, if necessary, since the light will not get as hot as it did previously.
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Re: lights

If it’s the light over the nav station it’s the most common light ever used in boats.
They come in different diameters...white or red and white...chrome, brass, gold.
cheep to expensive.
As posted above ..go LED.
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Re: lights

On my boat I decided to go LED the ghetto way:
  • I got a string of LED from China, 12V in a colour I like (warm white in my case).
  • I removed most of the innards of the light except for the switch.
  • Taped with double sided tape a few short strips (usually 3 * 10 cm) into the lamp and connected them via short soldered cable bridges.
  • Connected the first strip to switch
  • Cleaned the glass with heavy duty kitchen degreaser. They came out very nicely.
Now all my lights have the original fixture and give a pleasant and even light for less then 20 € total cost.

Get the more dense strips with more LED per meter.
Use the thicker double sided mounting tape usually used for led-strips.
Thermal dissipation isn't a problem for the LED. They stay cool on their own.
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