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post #21 of 29 Old 09-12-2011
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Here's a link to info on the Imtra replacements I mentioned above.

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I bought one two years ago as a trial. Very happy and bought more this spring. Nice and bright, no RFI problems, and under $20 each at Defender.
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+1 for Sensibulbs. If you can get to a boat show this fall they tend to make decent deals when purchasing more than one.
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That is part of the argument FOR Sensibulbs vs other LED lights. No RFI.
Can't agree with you there. I installed 2 of the new single-emitter Sensibulbs and got quite a bit of RFI--could not use the VHF with these on. Yet I had no problem with Marinebeam units in the same application. Made me wonder if the Sensibulbs weren't overdriving that single LED and causing the prob.

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Can't agree with you there. I installed 2 of the new single-emitter Sensibulbs and got quite a bit of RFI--could not use the VHF with these on. Yet I had no problem with Marinebeam units in the same application. Made me wonder if the Sensibulbs weren't overdriving that single LED and causing the prob.
Send them back. Nick will take care of you. I have installed TONS of Sensibulbs on my own boat, and customers boats, and never once had any issues with noise, even on a couple boats with SSB's. Our own boat has about 16-17 single emitter Sensibulb's, red and warm white, and no issues with noise.

I've also installed quite a few Marine Beam bulbs and had noise so this seems quite different from the experiences I've had..?

LED technology is getting better all the time...

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When wiring the LEDs, can you simply strip the old wire and splice to the LED pos and neg wires? Will the wire guage almost always be similar?
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Re: New boat owner, need tips on interior LED lights

A someone who has replaced their interior lights (but not fixtures) with LED units last summer here's some pointers:

-DO IT. LEDs use remarkably less electricity
-Pull one of your bulbs and bring it to an AUTOMOTIVE parts store. I did this and found my bulbs for 6$ (Canadian, so like 1.47 USD) each. The same bulb online from chandlery websites were running anywhere from 25-50$ a piece.
-If you put the bulb in and it doesn't light up it's because your polarity is backwards (positive and negative wires). LEDs only allow electricity to flow in one direction, unlike incandescent bulbs. Simply find the wires to that light housing and flip them (use shrink tube to patch the the connections, no electrical tape!)

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Re: New boat owner, need tips on interior LED lights

AAA batteries tend to cost exactly the same thing as AA batteries, but last 1/4 as long, so they wind up 4x as expensive. And even with LEDs, their life can be short enough that you are constantly dropping $20 on the next set of batteries, then pulling things apart to change them.

Just one man's opinion, they're a RFPITA.
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Re: New boat owner, need tips on interior LED lights

You'll find that the LED wires are always a much finer gauge than the incandescent fixture wires, which makes it a challenge to crimp connectors on and heat shrink. I'm going to guess and say my interior light wiring is 16 gauge and the LED fixtures are 22 per 24 gauge, smaller than my wire strippers go.
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Re: New boat owner, need tips on interior LED lights

Last season I replaced all the bulbs on my Hunter 29.5 with LEDs. I expect they will outlast the boat. They're whiter than the incandescent bulbs I replaced, but they use so little power that I should be able to run them for days on the house bank.

I haven't replaced the steaming lights yet, as I rarely sail at night. I think those plus a permanent solar panel will be next season's project.
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