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Thanks you both for the recommendationas on the Alpenglow. I have done some research and like the hi/ low white feature with the warm white. (500/300 lumens) also with the hi low reds for nighttime. I want to use it as the main cabin lighting. Is it overkill to have two of the units. Haleakula is similar size to both of your boats.
Wing....You and Dan have a safe trip...we will have a glass of wine in your names Cacaway when we gove over to watch the geese landings in a few weeks.
I think it would likely be overkill but maybe not total overkill depending on your desires and the darkness of your boat. I thought I'd install one and go from there and decided I don't feel the need for another even though I have an older C36 with the darker teak I find we have enough light from the one unit. I do plan to install LED fixtures (the OEM's are falling apart) in the V- berth and probably two of the four saloon reading lamps. FWIW, I find my wife often turns the overhead off after she's done in the galley in favor of the softer lighting from the lower mounted reading lights.
Edited to add that a lot depends on where you can mount the light. I was able to locate mine directly above the galley sinks which on my boat provides plenty of light over the entire galley, and nav station and covers most of the U shaped settee with adequate light to read or do nearly any task. If you're at the far end of the setee, there is less light than you'd like for reading but there are reading lights to fill in. I could mount another light at that end of the saloon but I feel like another Alpenglow would provide enough light do do surgery on the saloon table which for me is more overkill than desired.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
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