I'm attending to a small job today, to replace the cabin fluoro light which has stopped working. It's not worth my time to analyse why it doesn't work - it could be wiring, a blown tube, any number of things, but really I don't want a fluorescent fitting in the boat, for a couple of reasons.
I figured I'd try replacing it with an LED fitting. The fittings available off the shelf look incredibly daggy, so I've bought one roll 5050 led strip
, which is a thin, narrow flexible strip with a self-adhesive backing. I am intending to mount it on the fwd face of a deck beam, out of the way of everything and no fluoro fitting to bang my head on. The strip can be cut down to any length if there is too much light coming from it.
The first job is to test the wiring while the old fitting is in place, then remove the old fitting and test the LED strip, and nominate a new location for it. First job, test the wiring. Switch on the master switch, and test that power is on in the boat. Yep, the bilge pump makes its noise just fine. witch the power to the old light, via the main switch panel. Switch the old light on, just in case, and yes, now that I have the LED strip sitting in the cabin with me, the old fitting lights up like new.