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In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

I'm looking all over the web and in stores for the perfect LED lantern to hang from the middle of my boom to light my cockpit while at anchor, on a dock, or motoring.

Desired qualities:
- 12v; car-lighter type plug (no batteries, solar, chargeables, etc)
- LED (warm white color, not cool )
- Lantern or hanging fixture style (to hang from aft half of boom)
- Easily removeable (unhook, wind cord, and go)
- Use with a 12v extension cord to run down the boom, through the companionway, to a 12v outlet
- No inverter required
- Low draw

Have you seen something like this?
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

The Davis Mega-Light meets all your criteria other than LED bulb. With .11 amp power draw I don't think I'd bother switching to an LED bulb. But if you wish to switch after market bulbs are readily available; search Davis Mega-Light and the LED replacements pop up.

Tom Wood wrote a glowing review of the Mega-Light on Sail-net.
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

You might try the auto chains, there are a constantly changing variety of LED "work lights" that are designed to be plugged in to 12v power (often with an internal battery as well) that have arrays like 4x20 LEDs to give a hemisphere of nice bright light. Hang one under the boom, and it should give you nice downlight without shining in anyone's eyes.

WalMart probably has them as well, the've become really common.

If you want a 360-degree "lantern" style lantern, any of the camping stores (including wallyworld) also has those, but that type usually runs on batteries not a power cord.
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

0.11 draw is good (surprising low for incandescent). If it's not LED, then I'm not so worried about the color.
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

Try this place. Marinebeam Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures Utility LED Anchor Light with Dusk to Dawn Photocell Sensor $34.95

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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

https://www.oldebrooklynlantern.com/index.jsp
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

If you're looking for a "courtesy" light, maybe Home Depot? They have solar power lawn lights that can be converted for use in your cockpit. (Something like this: Solar Garden Lights (6-Pack)-86116 at The Home Depot)
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

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If you're looking for a "courtesy" light, maybe Home Depot? They have solar power lawn lights that can be converted for use in your cockpit. (Something like this: Solar Garden Lights (6-Pack)-86116 at The Home Depot)
We use this both in he cockpit or even on a picnic table.

Coleman Retro Rechargeable Lantern - Red*|*Meijer.com
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

That Coleman lantern is a must-have item. Thanks for the link.
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Re: In search of the perfect 12v, LED lantern

The light below were written up in BWS awhile ago. I keep meaning to check into them further but have not, the review was positive.

The Bebi Electronics Beka Light was reviewed. www.bebi-electronics.com

Link straight to the reviewed light. http://www.bebi-electronics.com/beka.html

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