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post #30 of Old 08-03-2013
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Re: LEDs afloat

Originally Posted by Gulfstar#62 View Post
I would not suggest using LEDís on a vessel, because they donít hold up to a lightning strike. My sailing vessel was struck by lightning four weeks ago, and although I have a superior grounding system, including cables attached to the back stays that hang in the water, every LED light was killed. None of the conventional light bulbs were effected.

Additionally, I am associated with a River Road Plantation in Louisiana that has 100% LED lighting in a museum room. The plantation house was stuck by lightning and it killed all of the LED fixtures.
Well I would doubt fluorescents or halogen would do much better. Seems a rather isolated situation to base the decision on. Perhaps keep the old bulbs as back-up. Seems the extended battery life is worth the risk.

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