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Spreader light replacement

One of the spreader lights on my 28.5 Hunter is burned out. Can someone save me a whole lot of trouble and tell me if the bulb can be replaced, or will I have to replace the entire fixture? If bulb replacement is possible, does it unscrew like a typical household bulb. I have one of those long, extendable poles that I use to replace bulbs in can lights in the house, and feel it will reach the spreader lights as well. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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the bulb can be replaced but your not doing it with a pole, you get to go up to it. have fun going up the mast and take a picture of your boat from up there.
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Some boats use a sealed beam type light (there's one next to me) but most have a light that has to be dis-assembled to get at the bulb. And it will probably be 2 trips up - one to find out what kind of bulb and one to actually replace it. The view is great from up there though and if you're adventurous you can go all the way to the top and inspect the top of the rig. Something every sailor should know how to do.
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If you still have the sealed beam type of spreader light. Such as this.



I would really suggest that you consider replacing them with an LED.


I've installed the Kevin on a couple of boats and the owners were very pleased with the amount of light. They don't draw much power and are sealed units.
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Word of warning on Dr. LED products... they do not stand behind their products and their products have pretty lousy quality control. They're also a bit unethical IMHO on their advertising. They advertise their replacement navigation light LED bulbs as being USCG certified, yet only one of them was, and has since been re-designed, so is probably no longer certified.

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Word of warning on Dr. LED products... they do not stand behind their products and their products have pretty lousy quality control.

I'm not doubting your word, but could you at least provide some anecdotal evidence or at least tell us why you have come to this conclusion?
As one of their dealers, I personally have found them to be a pretty good company to work with and I have had no problems with their products.
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Will the LED lights run on DC?
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Will the LED lights run on DC?

Yes, they are designed for 12v DC.
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I installed a pair of Dr. LED "Kevin"s (their LED spreader) and they're great. Installed on a Cal 25 and they light up the entire deck and cockpit. They're 12V DC, and expensive, but I've been very pleased with my result.

With heed to SD's warning, I would recommend the Kevin spreaders. Just make sure you buy them from a reputable dealer with a good return policy.
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I've had at least three of their products fail within three months of being installed. One failed a week after it was bought...and when I contacted DR. LED, they would not replace it, saying that it was not their problem. Mind you, I purchased 10 of their bulbs, both interior and exterior.

As a dealer, you may have a very different experience than a retail customer does. I'd also point out that the problems with their bulbs goes back quite a few years, as pointed out in this post by MaineSail on the Cape Dory boards.

Beyond that, they are very unethical IMHO in not clearly stating that using their replacement LED bulbs results in a fixture that is NOT USCG CERTIFIED. Their website leads you to believe that several of their products have passed USCG certification... that is just not true. Only one has, the PolarStar 40 was USCG certified for use with the AquaSignal 40 series anchor light...but since the certification, the bulb has been redesigned, and has not been re-certified—meaning that NONE of their products are USCG certified for any use in any fixture. You'd be hard pressed to realize that from looking at their website.

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I'm not doubting your word, but could you at least provide some anecdotal evidence or at least tell us why you have come to this conclusion?
As one of their dealers, I personally have found them to be a pretty good company to work with and I have had no problems with their products.

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