Originally Posted by night0wl
Mainesail - hate to drag up an old thread - but do you have any info on the newer generation of bulbs from Marinebeam? Specifically the SP-G4-12 and the SP-G4-15 "light hammer"
I have not purchased any of the new "light hammers" to test and compare but I have seen them in use. IMO, without testing them under the same conditions mind you, not nearly as bright as the Sensibulb nor as wide and also color is still a little ways off. They were installed on a boat with Sensibulbs overhead and the light hammers in small form factor reading lights. It would still be a top choice though if I could not fit a Sensibulb in the fixture. Jeff at Marine Beam is a good guy and sells better than average LED products. But, if I could fit a Sensibulb, then I am not buying light hammers or even SCAD/Sensibulbs version of the "Light Hammer".
Remember the Sensibulb is only $1.00 more than the $35.00 Light Hammer, if you ask Nick for the 10% discount. Also SCAD/Sensibulb sells their own comparable version of the "Light Hammer" for $32.99 through Defender
. These are still no Sensibulb but if you have teeny tiny lights it's all you may be able to fit and IMHO they are the best product thus far in small form.
I did however just purchase three of the latest iteration of the Sensibulb and all I can say is HOLY SH*T !!!!!!
You GET what you pay for with the Sensibulb. The newest generation I just bought uses only ONE emitter and are about35-40%, yes 35-40%!!, brighter than the ones I previously tested which BTW were the brightest marine LED's tested by PS at the time. Light Hammer = 100 Lumens for $35.00 even a four generation old Sensibulb WW = 130 lumens for $36.00, the new ones are 35-40% brighter, perhaps 175-180 lumens and still $36.00. The new Sensibulb emitters are also US Made in California, and assembled/made in the US, if that matters. The light coming out of that pencil tip sized emitter is simply mind blowing.
I did do some more testing on radio noise, with a Ham friends help, and found the Marine Beam bulbs to be a tad noisy and the Sensibulb to be not even noticeable. Dr. LED, Superbrite and just about every bulb but the Sensibulb created havoc with radio interference some a LOT worse than others. The Marine Beams were not the worst but also not the best.
The new Sensibulb
, that just began shipping last week,are significantly brighter than the ones I tested back in December 2008. When I plugged them in I was STUNNED and that's not easy to do.
According to Nick, one of the owners of Sensibulb/SCAD, they have had four output upgrades since I ordered my last bulbs in 2008. This most recent change is a major change from the two emitter design to a single emitter design. To say the least these guys stay on top of the technology and don't rest on just having a "good" product as they want to sell the "best" product.
While many other LED's have remained unchanged in technology, output and color temp and dropped the price accordingly, as their technology became like a dinosaur saddle, the Sensibulb price has remained the same but the technology is and has always been totally cutting edge and the "latest and greatest".
I honestly did not think it could get much better than the ones I have been using but it has. I bought one of the first Sensibulbs to ever hit the market at the first boat show they displayed at. That bulb is still going strong and has LOTS of use on it.
The new ones are about equal to or brighter than a 20W halogen and the color is still very pleasing. While not cheap they are about the best you can buy and also have no radio interference I could find something that plagues other LED bulbs. With LED's I have found that you do get what you pay for, trust me I have a work shop full of JUNK... I own three different generations of the Sensibulb, as well as many other LED bulbs, and the Sensibulb is just an amazing product. Yes, you may pay more, but you actually get more.
I have no vested interest in the Sensibulb company but am willing to pay the premium as I have found no equal or substitute at any price.
The new bulb has only one teeny tiny LED emitter as opposed to the two of the last model but is still the brightest LED interior bulb I have seen. The Sensibulb was the brightest LED Practical Sailor tested and this one is a full 35-40% better in output than those. I have seen 10 emitter bulbs not even half as bright as this new Sensibulb so DO NOT get fooled by more emitters, means more light. If the technology keeps going at this pace we will soon see LED car headlights and LED's lighting baseball stadiums.
Oh and the two pesky things that bugged me about my 2008 bulbs was the dinky little wires and the rather wimpy G4 clip that held the bulb in place. They have now beefed up the wires and made the clip a LOT more robust.
Two thumbs up to Nick Cancro and the crew at SCAD for keeping on top of things and listening to customer feedback!!!
June 2010 Sensibulb (even Sensibulb does not have a photo of the new ones):