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Our 1987 Irwin 38cc has a multitude of original interior light fixtures (13 to be exact) that have sun / heat aged plastic lenses that we are replacing. We've found a source with the original molds and are expecting to get these some time this week. (At the same time we ordered two replacement LED bulbs specifically for these fixtures to see if we like the light color, before going the full LED route)

You can see the original fixtures are pretty brown:



Also, note the PO's version of LED upgrade



Notice the light switches in the lenses (centered on the square ones, on one end on the rectangular ones). The new lenses do NOT have a hole drilled for the switches - so I'm thinking why not take the opportunity to rethink the switches rather than just reuse what is there.

I'm wondering if a rocker type switch on the side of the fiberglass "pad" would work. I've been trying to source mini rocker switches and have come up with some sources (mostly automotive and black w LED indicator lights) but would love some feedback on feasibility of this plan and other switch ideas.

Here's the insides of one of the square fixtures. You can see the fiberglass lip that the fixture sits inside.



My ideal would be little cream colored rocker switches on the side of that lip.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
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This seems you have the plan fully worked out. Good luck and post pics!

It looks like you may have some water intrusion (probably through the hole for the wiring) in the fixture. You should look into that.

Amazing how the original plastic discolored over time. The PO did not smoke, or did he?


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This seems you have the plan fully worked out. Good luck and post pics!

It looks like you may have some water intrusion (probably through the hole for the wiring) in the fixture. You should look into that.
I think it's old, but will double check!

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PO did not smoke...I can't wait to get the new white lenses and LEDs in. I think the interior will be MUCH brighter - hence the need to individually control the lights with switches!
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I've found "white" switches!



Rocker Switches

So, the question is, are the specs right for boat usage?

Is it weird to be so excited about a rocker switch?
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I've found "white" switches!



Rocker Switches

So, the question is, are the specs right for boat usage?

Is it weird to be so excited about a rocker switch?
Yup...
But considering that your "upgrade" from the PO would suffice for me I have to say you should not give my opinion any weight
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At the same time we ordered two replacement LED bulbs specifically for these fixtures to see if we like the light color, before going the full LED route.
Be sure to get "warm" vs. "cool" LEDs. If it doesn't specify, I always assume it is the cool blue. The warm feels a lot like incandescent.

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Be sure to get "warm" vs. "cool" LEDs. If it doesn't specify, I always assume it is the cool blue. The warm feels a lot like incandescent.
I'm concerned about the light quality, for sure. Here's our source:

Irwin LED replacements

They offer Natural and Warm White. We're getting one of each to see how the colors compare, and work in the various areas in the boat. Not cheap, but since about 1/2 the interior fixtures have non working bulbs we have to replace them anyway. We may go florescent in the low use areas (Vberth) and LED in the salon...still working it!
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That minimum order quantity of 500 will assure that you have spares.


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I would be careful about flourescent. I know the CFL's contain mercury. If one should break (I know, what are the odds since it's on a rolling, pitching boat?), you'll have a HazMat scene on your hands, and mercury poisoning isn't fun (only do the online search if you have a strong stomach). The tube lights may not be as bad. But in the end, the LED's will give you longer life and lower power use. If you have to, put them behind a diffuser to give you a slightly different color.

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