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I'm switching my nav lights to Led but stopping there. I'll consider Led's for the interior when they learn to spread the light. The problem with Led's is that they are focused through a little magnifying glass to a very bright beam and to spread the light there has to be an array of them. The array just makes a whole bunch of little focused beams. Lamps spread the light. I was offshore recently on a boat with all Led cabin lighting and still had to use a flashlight to read the charts. With all of the lights in the boat on at once it was still not much brighter than a full moon inside. What a waste of money that was. I'll have a hat clip light the next time I sail on that boat.
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I just got led replacement 1141 bulbs for my 12v cabin fixtures. A guy on ebay was great to deal with. They have a cluster of 45 leds on a regular bulb base. He has smaller and bigger clusters. I haven't tried them yet but I'll let you know how the light is when I do. The cluster does look to have a larger diameter than a regular bulb so there may be an issue with the fit as well, we shall see.
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The bulbs were $9.99 a pop.
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Lat's and Att's had a one page spread on LED's this month. One company (Bebe) out of Fiji selling stuff made on the beach (claimed to be popular among the cruising community) for 32 bucks a pop, not USCG approved. The other company out of europe (forget name) selling USCG approved lights for 200 - 900 bucks a pop.

Wonder why the ones from Fiji are more popular?

My Admiral bought some stickup circular LED lights for our cockpit (never mind that I have a perfectly operable installed 12v fixture).
They sucked, a blue skinned zombie woman pulled it off the ceiling about 10 minutes into the battery. We put it in a zippytied a string to it and dip it overboard to watch fish at night. That's where LED technology for interior usage is at this point in time.
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Hello all I believe you might want to check for replacemant Led's by googleing DR Led. He is very informative and has direct replacements for popular fixtures. I personally found out about his products by a cruising boat that came through Isthmus Harbor Catalina Island as their lamps were very bright and the colors vivid. Hope this helps!
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90% price reduction in better bulbs

This will be of no help to those looking to make a change NOW, but things are going to get a lot better soon.

There are 27 metric tons of cash being dumped into LED R&D. Nothing like a global energy crisis to get the wheels of innovation rolling. Prices will drop dramatically and the bulbs will continue to improve.

I don't think there's much doubt that LED's will replace incandescents in the near future. Concerns of "warm" light will surely be addressed as these bulbs make there way into our homes. Patience...
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Just so long as we're not forced to abandon incandesents...by law!
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