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As the wife and I were having dinner on the boat last night, I looked around to see 4 of the boat's lights (12V) on and one AC plug in lamp. The shore power is plugged in, the charger is on, and we're using almost all 12V battery power for the lighting. What do you all use while hooked up to shore power... 12V lighting or plug in AC? Why?

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Exclusively 12V lighting.. if we're plugged in we'll turn the charger on to 'keep up' if necessary.
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Entirely the built-in 12v lighting system, here. Not for any special reason; just because it's already there, and bringing in a bunch of AC lamps instead would just take up space that's already tight and use outlets that are already limited. Our 12v are mostly LED at this point, so fairly efficient, and on those rare days we see sunshine, they're charged by the solar panel and not the shorepower charger.

Out of long habit from being off the dock, we tend to not leave very many lights on anyway. We'll often have candles lit during the winter instead. It's warmer and cheerier!
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Re: Shore power and lights

When plugged in at the dock I just use the AC plugged-in lamp.

Reason: That bulb will be easier and cheaper to replace when it burns out than the built-in 12v bulbs that are not made anymore.

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Re: Shore power and lights

All 12v lights and all have been swapped over to warm white LEDs, so even away from the dock we don't use much juice.

I've upgraded all the original lights and added quite a few more so we have the choice of warm and cozy or as bright as at home.

The only place we use the oil lamp anymore is in the cockpit for mood lighting at night. Just seems right with a glass of wine...

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I use my 12v lights. I've swapped in warm white LED bulbs so lighting is pleasant and plentiful without adding a bunch of clip-on AC lights or running additional circuits for fixed mount AC fixtures.

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LED 12volt.

I'm considering adding one 12v fluorescent fixture over the galley as I like lots of light when I'm cooking.

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All 12v lights and all have been swapped over to warm white LEDs, so even away from the dock we don't use much juice.

I've upgraded all the original lights and added quite a few more so we have the choice of warm and cozy or as bright as at home.
Do the "warm white LEDs give off more light, same, less?

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Hi All,

As the wife and I were having dinner on the boat last night, I looked around to see 4 of the boat's lights (12V) on and one AC plug in lamp. The shore power is plugged in, the charger is on, and we're using almost all 12V battery power for the lighting. What do you all use while hooked up to shore power... 12V lighting or plug in AC? Why?

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Re: Shore power and lights

I have one AC light that is used in the main salon when hooked to shore power, its mounted on a bulkhead and has a folding arm so its easily put away It lights the cabin better than several 12V we have, mostly because the 12V are not mounted in the best places. You could say its also easier to just turn on/off one switch (wow that makes me sound really lazy, or maybe efficient? )


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