Originally Posted by SVPrairieRose
I have a dedicated switch on my blueseas panel to light or strike the panel lights. Having the panel lit DOES create a lot of light and I am glad I did it this way. I know my panel well enough that I know what each tiny dot means without having to see the labels, but if I want them on I flick a switch and have em on. If you have an extra circuit I would do this again on any install I do in the future. Hope this helps.
I had a feeling that the amount of light might be too much for non-essential times. I'm leaning towards tying it into the cabin lighting circuit, and putting a small switch somewhere convenient to shut them down when necessary.
Thanks all, the virtual boatyard walk has been very successful other than not being able to share a beer during the conversation!