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Anyone have any suggestions on good cabin lighting? Lighting for the chart area, galley and setee. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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I'm using the following lights for the nav console, since they have both red and white leds, and can be used to look at charts at night without wrecking your night vision:



Will be installing some LED-based strip lights for the main cabin after my friend makes them up. Also use the following fixture in the galley and main cabin:



Also have two lights similar to these installed for reading in the berths.

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We have the traditional brass lighting in our main cabin. Needing more light when I sew at the table I purchased and inexpensive flourescent shop light. It hangs perfectly for temporary lighting above the table. When not in use I stow it in a piece of PVC pipe to protect it and it goes into the settee locker.
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I use LED replacement bulbs in my 3 main cabin reading lamps, and one in my two, two bulb overheads. That gives me sufficient light to do most things. I also have a flourscent lamp at the galley, which I rarely need.
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I went LED all over the baot, except af fluorescent at galey. Saves a lot of power, but created a too cool area that today I regret.
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That's what I have a couple of oil lamps for.
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I went LED all over the baot, except af fluorescent at galey. Saves a lot of power, but created a too cool area that today I regret.
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I went LED all over the baot, except af fluorescent at galey. Saves a lot of power, but created a too cool area that today I regret.
That has been my problem with LEDs but I have to say the current generation of warm white LEDs are staggeringly good.

My take on this is that I'd like to go LED as general and task lighting but keeping a couple of 10w halogens in the saloon.

One other thing we are looking at is a small task light from Osram that is a battery operated LED. We are thinking of putting them into galley cupboards under the shelves.

The Dogs thing about oil is quite correct except for the heat. We have one of these and I love the sucker but it does put out some heat. Sydney winters are not cold, 10 degrees Celsius is about minimum, but thats still a bit chilly. The oil lamp is quite sufficient to take the chill off the air, admittedly in a very well insulated cabin.



(I'm getting a sense of Deja Vu about this thread)
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Yeah, its a recurrent theme everywhere. I like TDW idea of some hallo on strategical spots. We don't really have winter down here, so heat is annoying. I did try oillamp once, but surelly I got the wrong oil brand, that made an unforgetable experience on a rainny winter in a 23' cabin with family, right after wife said "DON'T DO IT" !!
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