Would prefer something that doesn't use batteries...something that can be wired into the 12v house bank.
I currently use a Coleman lantern...but the led is very harsh light. Not fun to be out in the cockpit with that burning the retinas. Looking for something that will put out soft, warm light in a fixture...maybe soft white leds?
08-09-2010 08:33 PM
There is nothing better than a brass ship's lantern.
We love our cockpit...nothing better than spending lazy evenings at anchorage all hanging out playing dominoes or cards. Only one thing is lacking...some low level lighting.
Our B343 has a nice light that shines on the floor of the cockpit near the companionway, but we're really lacking some lighting in the rest of the cockpit. Attempts to use velcro strapped battery lights have proven to be lacking. So I'm looking for ideas on the boards...what have people done to make their cockpit better lit.
LED solutions are best...avoid batteries.
Right now, I'm thinking of this: http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|65136|992429&id=1393372
but seems like a cludgy implementation. Ideal would be an integrated unit that has lighting and speakers all in one bar..I've seen some charter yachts with this setup.