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Re: self contained battery powered LED interior lights

I found and use a couple battery-powered, three LED, 4 head "track" llights from Ace hardware.. On sale at $12.89 last year. They take two sets of three AAA batts; but willwork with one set. Sticky back velcro or screw/ button on. Nifty remote,too!
I'll eventually rig a 5 v power supply and hook them to the house side12v.
Mounted over the settees, they provide nearly enough light to read without squintind too badly Actually, very pretty , somewhat subdued, directional "mood" lighting. A bit to blue for my tastes; but as an "entry" lamp..sweet.. Come thu the cockpit to the companionway and mash the button before heading below..
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These LED puck lights are going strong after two years ( changed the batteries two or three times). Each light can be tapped on or off, all can be turned on, off or dimmed from the remote switch - I mounted it near the companionway, it is handy to light up everything with one tap of the switch.
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Re: self contained battery powered LED interior lights

A boatbuilder buddy of mine bought an led pack to my office. It was two lights hooked up to a battery. Home Depot stuff. The battery was 2" square and 1/2" thick. He turned it on and sat it in the corner of my 27' square office. He told me just to leave it on and see what happens. At night those two little lights would light up the corner of the office. It worked for over two months 24 hours a day.

I was very impressed. Now we need a four light array in a presentable housing. I don't know who s styling the fixtures available now but they aren't trying very hard. I know I can do better in 30 minutes, max!

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I am looking for some reasonable decent looking interior lights for the overhead that are self contained battery powered. I have not found anything suitable by Googling.
Anyone have any ideas?
I have a three-LED unit I use in the head for night sailing and to keep the glare down during middle-aged guy trips to the head in the middle of the night. I put four layers of carefully cut "clear" packing tape inside the lens to get the light level down. They are Home Depot stuff but look quite nice four years downstream.

If I remember correctly they were available in white, gray, and silver. The silver ones are a good match to the mirror mounts and fittings in the head of my HR 40.

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it was my experience that battery-powered lights were not durable at all, as in failed within weeks
Mine are up high and I don't have leaks but still the spring-loaded connectors to the batteries do corrode with time. I go over them about once a year with a pencil eraser. Batteries last between two and three years at our rate of use (a lot).

If the four-LED requirement could be three I can pull the unit apart and get more source information.

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How big an area, for what purpose, on how big a boat or cabin?

You know, enough light for fixing dinner and playing board games? Or reading?

Utility lighting for a daysailor? Or something to keep a high maintenance wife happy with the décor, and able to do her makeup? (G)
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Doesn't Fuzzy have something to do with lighting/electrical of some sort. Have not seen him posting in a bit, maybe he is sailing in the down under winter conditions.......could be worth a pm/call if you have his number.

I'll be at a local WM tomorrow, I'll try to remember to look in the light section. Not sure what Fisheries has locally, or the larger place in Everett on the northern side of the marina.

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