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I am going to upgrade the electrical in our boat, everything from the panel to the lights and all the wire. I am wondering if anyone has seen interior cabin lights the can be switched from a white light to a red light for at night. I wanted to do LED to save on power and for the overall brightness. Any help?

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There are dome lights that have two bulb sockets (each switched separately) so you can put a red light in one/white in the other. I have this over my nav station and use sensi-bulbs from LED lighting, soundproof, Sailor's Solutions Inc..
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I saw an LED dome light that did exactly that on a 3-position switch at West Marine last weekend. It was like this one, but I thought it was a 16 LED unit (8 white+8 red).

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8-LED (4-White, 4-Red) 9265950 51150 $19.99

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I have these installed on my boat. Not quite as bright as the incandescent one I replaced, but a lot lower energy wise.

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I bought two LED lights from Fisheries Supply in Seattle, that switch from Red to White. Kind of expensive but I really like them. I have a 27 foot boat and two of them light up the cabin fairly good.

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Found these in a German online shop, probably too expensive in $'s, but if you google the product, you should be able to find a US dealer.
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They're nice, but assuming my Deutsch isn't totally rusty, they're really intended for exterior use--and priced accordingly.
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thanks for the link to west marine just what i was looking for, now to just find a way to dress them up a bit with some teak.

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You can buy the regular fixture and change the light bulbs with led bulbs... I find it rather inexpensive instead of buying the whole setup... Another positive to this is you can change the LED light bulb if you need to...
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Hmm...that's a thought. I've got a burnt out bulb, and the bulb would be a lot easier than the entire fixture. Of course, the globes on my dome lights are pretty badly yellowed, too, at which point the whole thing starts to sound like more work than I'm interested in during peak sailing season...
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