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01-19-2013 06:14 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

Originally Posted by LeMerovingian View Post

I am curious if the aftermarket LED wave has cooled off or not? What's your opinion on them? Useful? Extravagant? I feel when implicated into the interior like in newer models they are a great improvement exterior to much but still has it's place........,

Aftremarket wave....hardly. Doesnt make sense to have anything other than LED in most cases since they have figured away to reliev the ve the problem of the "glareiness" color of them. The energy savings makes them a no brainer.

Alpenglow Lights

I am a big proponeny of Alpenglow lights.

Lemerovingian,,,little confused by your profile. What type of boat are you trying to outfit?
01-19-2013 05:37 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

On newer boats, (at least the one I have) there is not ANY incandescent or fluorescent lights ANYWHERE. I was surprised that the Deck Light was a LED array. I just wish that designers would pay more attention to using the proper CRI/color temp. Most of the LEDs used are WAY to cold, like in the 6500k range. By far the best place for an LED is at the top of the mast.
01-19-2013 05:26 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

I can't say for boats.. I have replaced lights in my car and house with LEDs.. the house saw a big drop in the electric bill.

Work has also been converting from incandescent and HIDs to LED. I work in a theatre, so when you are running 120K watt rig.. the LEDs really cut down on the power consumption.

When I get my cruiser, I will replace all the incandescent with LEDs and like above, add enough to the cabin that I can make it cozy, or bright enough to need sunglasses (not really)

I am tempted to add one or two underwater lights too. Would be nice in the bahamas to see what is swimming beneath you at night
01-13-2013 09:10 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

I bought LED flashlights in a dollar store. They are bar shaped and have a window of light, like as if they are for the guy guiding airplanes on the runway but smaller. I put 4 of these inside my cabin and made a dimmer for them. its pretty simple, 4 components: 1 voltage stabiliser, 1 adjustible resistor, 1 normal resistor, 1 capacitor. And the dimmer itself uses barely any energy.
Total cost 20$

I also replaced the running lights including their casings with LEDs. Total cost 100$ or so. As above poster sais, i should have used colored LEDS though. My white LED with green casing looks very bleuish...

With 200W of solar panel and the only other energy usage being being the standard devices; gps, autopilot, depthsounder, vhf and my laptop, i now have an excess of energy and dont need to bother turning off any lights in the morning or whenever
01-13-2013 07:18 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

The first thing we changed to LED was the galley lighting. We went from 6 amps to not even a noticeable meter deflection!
Running lights were next and boy, what a difference in power consumption. After doing the spreader lights, we now use them whenever we want, as long as we want, for the slightest reason. Compared to the tractor bulbs I've used for so many years, the LED spreader lights are brighter and have already outlasted the old bulbs.
We really hate the fancy yachts that come into the anchorages with all their underwater LED's on at nite, though. Too intrusive. I would like one, under our fishing station; I believe it would be a real boon to night fishing.
As we find fixtures, we are replacing the interior lights as well. The LED's are indeed power savers and I IMO well worth the cost.
One note; when changing the red and green running lights, you must use the bulb of the correct color; white is not the proper bulb to use.
Another thing I've been told regarding LED bulbs is that heat will destroy them, so don't leave your anchor light on 24/7.
01-13-2013 06:26 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

LED lighting is the way of the future, not just a fad! There is no getting around the energy efficiency, and the quality of the light they produce is getting much better. They are perfect for power conscious sailors.

Hopefully the trend of powerboats lighting up every nook and cranny of their exteriors with them IS a fad that will die off. To me there is nothing more obnoxious as a power boater who feels the need to light up a 50ft radius around his boat on an otherwise beautiful starry night. And then they end up running their generator to power all that lighting, just to add insult to injury!
01-13-2013 05:35 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

Big fan of LEDs. I only have room for a 2-battery house bank, so it pays to save amps. I replaced my anchor light with a completely new LED fixture (Hella) and most of my interior bulbs with Marine Beam bulbs. Very happy with all of this.
01-13-2013 04:50 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

The stock factory fixtures on my boat were cheap plastic and coated brass that had discolored. I've upgraded all my fixtures over the past few years and used warm white LEDs in all the new fixtures.

I started using bulbs from MastLight (, but started using Imtra when I got a good deal on bulbs at the Annapolis show ( Some folks on this site and others have reported problems with Dr LED products.

I've also added a lot more light to the boat than she had originally so I can have soft lighting or have the salon and galley as bright as my living room and kitchen at home.

I'm dropping the mast before launch in the spring and will replace the nav lights then.

Obviously I'm a fan of LEDs.
01-13-2013 12:56 PM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

I bought my boat last April and saw I had 12V halogens. They heated up quick. I wasn't planning on it at first but I did switch the interior lighting on my boat to LED. They are nice and bright, use less power and I can keep them on and they won't heat up like the halogen bulbs. So long as the exterior lights work, I'll leave them alone for now and may replace them to LED during a future refit.

They may be expensive but I think it's worth it to keep from draining the batteries too much.
01-13-2013 11:41 AM
Re: LED's Integrated Into Boats Popular?

I have converted most of the interior lights on my boat to LEDs. Mostly from two different companys and love them. Great light and less heat and power consumption.Just installed some from this company and seem shipping too.

Marinebeam Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures

And strip lighting from this company.

Flexible Boat & Marine LED Strips - Low Energy Use & Bright Glow!
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