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Not exactly the most illuminating thing around, but cheap & power saving are solar powered garden lights from your local DIY store, also good as 'at anchor' light up the mast as they can be set to go on at sunset & auto turn off at sunrise.
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I like the solar garden lights, too. A lot of the boats in Mexico have a couple at each end of the boat for night lighting. Helps you spot your boat at night, supplements anchor lights and keeps you safer, they use free electricity, cheap to buy, zip tie them to a rail or buy a fancy holder from a boat store or tie them up in the air with small stuff, they light up your cockpit at night, aren't too bright and don't hurt your night vision, little switch turns them off for privacy if love is in the air...... I do like the idea of installing some fancy LEDs in the cockpit. Also have seen some pretty snazzy boats with LED displays that they must have got from low rider auto parts stores.
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Go with the LED lights, just read somewhere that mosquitos aren't attracted to LEDs.

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Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. Perhaps I'll install a couple of LED courtesy lights near the cockpit sole and one or two solar LEDs on the rail. Still thinking some indirect lighting by way of a couple small LEDs in the coaming boxes may also be on the list. It is amazing how much the LEDs have come down in price of the past year or two.
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LED’s are coming along aren’t they? I was at the boat store the other day and saw that a decent LED cabin light has finally come out. It looks just like the old standard Chrome rimmed moon shaped Perko. It switches to red or white light. I really really want one to replace the main salon light but it’s eighty bucks!

I bought a 3 pack of those little single stick on LED hockey Pucks for ten bucks two years ago. I put them in my lockers and after two years on the original AAA’s they are still almost as bright as when I installed them. I just stuck some more throughout the boat. I hardly ever use house power for lighting any more. Don’t need it unless I’m reading or fixing something.
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Hmm, I wonder how one of those battery powered lights would work in the galley cooler. There is nothing worse than reaching into the dark recesses for a cold brew only to come up with one of the Admiral’s sodas.
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You can always string a bunch of these around:

Piranha LED Light Bar. Solid LED strips with the LEDs totally enclosed. Weatherproof - protected from the elements.
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I recommend the Weems and Plath yacht oil lantern. I hang it from a clip on the backstay, under the bimini (if deployed). Throws plenty of light and is very nautical.

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ok now that is just too cool
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Hmm, I wonder how one of those battery powered lights would work in the galley cooler. There is nothing worse than reaching into the dark recesses for a cold brew only to come up with one of the Admiralís sodas.

As cheap as they are give it a try. I really do have them stuck all over the boat. Love 'em. I've carried them around as flashlights too. I like the ones with a single LED. The ones that have the same exact casing with three LED's don't give as much light, don't spread the light as well and don't last as long.

Thse are my favorite . . . 3 for 10 bucks.


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