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Another Sensibulb Caution?
I recently purchased two of the new single-LED Sensibulbs to replace my most used cabin lights, the overheads on either side of the mast support pole. I chose Sensibulbs for their light quality and their stated no radio frequency interference. The area of these two overheads is right around where the VHF antenna coax comes out of the mast--in fact the power wires run alongside the antenna cable--so I wanted no interference there.
What I've got is a lot of interference. I installed one light, turned it on, great light output, turned on the radio, nothing but static. Turned off the light, VHF loud and clear. Bummer.
I emailed SCAD about this, wondering if I have a bad unit, but they said "Apparently the noise occurs in certain conditions" though he said they only have reports of the unit "quieting FM radio". He didn't mention VHF.
So, anyone else have this problem? Or am I expecting too much given the layout? I'm going to try a clamp-on ferrite core when I next get to the boat and see if that helps.
2000 Beneteau 331
Northern Chesapeake Bay
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