Originally Posted by TrueBlue
I have a strong dislike of flourescent lighting, both at home and on boats. Aside from the unnatural pulsing effect of flourescents, the tubes cast a sickly, ghastly blue hue . . . not very complementary to human cosmetics, or accomodating to a "cozy" atmosphere.
In my opinion, flourescents have no place on a boat, especially since the ballasts upset onboard communication and navigation electronics as well.
I would agree with you except they do well in the galley and the head as "under cupboard" lighting, directed downward. Due to the age of my boat and the distinct "eras of upgrading" of the two previous owners, I have a real mix: LEDs in the reefer to light up the contents, flourescents in the galley and head, halogen 10 watt reading lamps in the aft cabin, and old-style incandescents in a couple of wall mounts.
I do have the 5-watt C-shaped flourescents as bunk reading lights and they are the "warm white" type...I can't really object to them as they have none of that annoying blue tinge.
My favourite is actually the pilot house roof light, an AlpenGlow that has several settings, including a red-shaded flourescent that is perfect for charts.
I am very likely to go mostly LED as fixtures need replacement, due to the power requirements (I'm waiting for the nav lights to get cheaper) and the fact that they are devising less blue-tinged white LEDs. If I need a hot, stinkin' work light, I have the inverter and a "rugged" 100 watt bulb in a cage.