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any point in 120v lighting?

I just bought a boat. Well, I mean more accurately I just bought 15,000 pounds of rust.

The boat needs a complete refit, AND a re-wire.

And I'm just starting to ponder this all, and I'm definitely going to be outfitting the boat with some high-end LED lighting. probably the sensibulb or something similar.

I'm pretty sure I will not be putting a 120v genny in, instead I will do a DC generator. So thinking about this... Is there really any reason to put in 120 lighting? I'm thinking maybe one big fluorescent light in the engine room, but even then if I can get away with a 12v light, why not run ALL of the shorepower stuff off battery and a 40a charger? especially if 99% of it is LED?
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Yes i would leave out the AC lighting, very few resonably sized pleasure boats have it.
A few AC powerpoints are useful however.
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On my old boat, we had three small 120v fluorescent lights in the main cabin. They were very useful when on shore power. However, in my current boat we don't have any 120 lighting and have replaced all the 12v bulbs with LEDs. Don't miss the 120v lighting.

Definitely would miss the 120v outlets if they weren't there however.

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lol, yeah I'm too big a nerd to not have gadgets that would require the occasional outlet, and I will have an inverter as well.

thanks for confirming my suspicion on the lighting though.
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On my old boat, we had three small 120v fluorescent lights in the main cabin. They were very useful when on shore power. However, in my current boat we don't have any 120 lighting and have replaced all the 12v bulbs with LEDs. Don't miss the 120v lighting.

Definitely would miss the 120v outlets if they weren't there however.

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Being British I need to drink tea regularly. The 120V outlets are essential for powering the electric kettle. In fact when we dock, shore power gets connected straight away so that the kettle can go on.
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Being British I need to drink tea regularly. The 120V outlets are essential for powering the electric kettle. In fact when we dock, shore power gets connected straight away so that the kettle can go on.
Yeah, being American and being from the PNW it is coffee for me. We have an electric kettle to boil the water for coffee. However, we also have Propane and a stove to make coffee when on the hook.

A way to make coffee might just trump any other piece of equipment on the boat. Who needs an engine if you have enough caffeine?

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