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Re: AC light fixtures
We have one regular 110v lamp aboard. It is in the salon, bolted through the bottom to permanently secure it to the shelf between our side settee. It is then hardwired through its base, presumably to a nearby 110v receptacle. It was professionally installed, so I don't know exactly where. Of course, it only works when on shore power or with the genset running (which we would never turn on just to power this lamp).
The 110v incandescent light bulb is much warmer and it operates on a dimmer. Its nice to have when you really only want a dim light to see enough to walk, say when returning from dinner or watching a movie or, on the other hand, when you really want to flood the cabin with light for a project or cleaning.
When we leave the boat at night at the dock, whether at home port or transient, we sometimes feel safer to leave a light on and give the illusion of someone aboard. We sometimes put the TV on too. Lots of unknown dockwalkers around. I am never comfortable leaving the 12v lights on, as the bulbs get extraordinarily hot and are buried inside the overhead. The 110v lamp is not in contact with anything.
Not a must have, however. You should have sufficient 12v lights to not require 110v.
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