Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern
I use an Ikea hanging lamp, like this:
I just changed the plug to a "cigarette lighter" type plug, installed an adapter in the "Edison" bulb socket, and plugged a 1W G4 LED array into the adapter. You can buy 12V LED arrays that screw directly into Edison sockets, but this way the one in the lamp can also double as a spare for my G4 reading lamp fixtures.
Normally, the lamp hangs over the table in the main cabin. But I can unplug it, move it to the cockpit, and hang it from the boom when needed (when in the cockpit, I plug it into socket normally used for the tiller pilot).
One BIG advantage to this little lamp over most others is that the "bulb" is pretty deeply recessed in the fixture. That way, it can be adjusted so that it doesn't shine directly in anyones' eyes, wiping out their night vision. I can steer the boat while someone is reading in the cabin and it doesn't bother me to have the companionway wide open, as the light reflected into the cockpit is rather dim.
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Last edited by SlowButSteady; 04-27-2013 at 12:41 PM.