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1980's European cabin lights

Does anyone know the manufacturer of the cabin light in the attached photo.
It has no name or number. They were used on European manufactured boats
in the 70's and 80's
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No help i'm afraid but if you find out let me know.

btw ... which Euro boats ? Some Euro builders keep pretty good records of past equipment.

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The light is on a 1981 Swan. They are great to deal with in spare parts at Nautor but the current operation does not know what these are. The rest of the lights on the boat are round Hella with a lens operated switch mechanism.
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Then I fear you might be out of luck.

Nice light though.

I'm guessing you have already tried the various Swan associations ?

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Does anyone know the manufacturer of the cabin light in the attached photo.
It has no name or number. They were used on European manufactured boats
in the 70's and 80's
What's wrong with it? Something an LED conversion would fix?

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Two bunks lights in the fore peak have suffered salt damage caused during her racing years and 30 years generally. A replacement would be useful, repair on small electrical items being almost impossible in 2012.
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Two bunks lights in the fore peak have suffered salt damage caused during her racing years and 30 years generally. A replacement would be useful, repair on small electrical items being almost impossible in 2012.
You sure you can't take it out and tinker with it? Plenty of people here like to help with stuff like this. Like MarkSF said you can probably convert to LED's.

And there are still some places willing to do electrical repair. I actually still have a camera repair shop in my town...couldn't believe it when I walked by the first time, through the window you could see into the workshop filled with test equipment microscopes etc.
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I'm keeping on with this simply because I really like the look of those things and doubt you'll find a replacement as nice.

Could you post pics of the salt damage ? I've got a bit of experience in restoring old light fittings. You'd be surprised what we've managed to make good so maybe just maybe I could offer you some worthwhile advice.

As for the electricals, I'd be absolutely gobsmacked if it turned out that was irreparable. Retrofitting a small LED strip would be one option but even if the lampholders inside are shot, they can most certainly be replaced.

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The Batteries Plus store near us does basic electrical repairs on small items. It might be worth a try.

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Many thanks for the suggestion but its a re chrome and rebuild situation, also Sydney is a fair haul from New Jersey.

Good luck with the aftermath of Sandy, it was an unbelievable, ( well maybe
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