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Re: 1980 30ft Catalina needs LED Lights
Unfortunately it may not be as simple as swapping out the bulbs, although often you can do this. But there are certain problems you run into.
First, white LEDs usually can't be dropped into tinted red/green fixtures because of properties of their light output, the result is too dim and unsafe for Nav lights.
Second just finding proper replacements is difficult. Even when the bases are compatible the bulb shape or the direction of the light might not be.
Third, the quality of many replacement bulbs is very very low. It's one thing to use them for cabin lights but Nav lights are a different story. Also, technically you can get in trouble for not having coast guard approved Nav lights after replacing with LED's.
You'll have to evaluate on a case by case basis for each light, but for Nav lights, generally you should lean twards replacing the entire fixture with proper marine LEDs. This will run $50-200 per fixture. But you'll never have to think about the lights again.
At the same time look at replacing all interior lights too. Go for the cheapo LEDs all you want for that.
Last edited by asdf38; 05-29-2013 at 11:45 AM.