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08-11-2011 04:56 PM
mitiempo Chris

It's not a great picture but here is the strip light I mentioned. It is about 7" long.
08-03-2011 04:08 PM
Winds Way That looks cool! I'll pick up one and see how it compares. Have not had any RFI from SensiBuilbs with SSB or VHF. YMMV...
08-03-2011 04:05 PM
mitiempo Chris

I found the strip LED lights at an electronics store while buying something else. I haven't seen them in a catalog. They are available in various lengths and are so light they are attached with 2 sticky foam pads - included with the light. They can also be attached with 2 very small screws. They come in different colors. The leds are in a plastic tube for protection. There are many strip type lights available, most are the flexible type, but these are not.

Here is a link to LED bulbs that I have heard good reviews of but I have not tried them myself. Marine LEDs Canada
I believe the company owner is a CS owner. Very well priced too.
08-03-2011 03:56 PM
arf145 If I were starting from scratch, I would definitely go with LEDs, even if it was standard fixtures with LED replacements. The good LEDs produce nice light, and they're easy on the batteries.

And I'd highly recommend Marinebeam LEDs. Half the cost of Sensibulbs, good quality circuitry, just as good light to my eye, and no radio interference, unlike the interference I got from my 2 Sensibulbs.
08-03-2011 03:48 PM
Winds Way I replaced all of my interior lights with SensiBulbs, red and white. I'm glad I did.

Here's an album of photos showing the illumination:

Album - Interior |

Beware of LED fixtures that are not regulated -- their lifespan shortens drastically when voltages go over spec.
08-03-2011 03:46 PM
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
I do have to invest in a forehead type light someday though. A lot nicer than a flashlight in my mouth.
I spent about 2 hours last night on the docks with a flashlight in my mouth rewiring the bow bicolor. My jaws are still sore! That was my motivation to start putting together the lighting plan - can't take many more nights like that and nights are the only time I have to work on the boat.
08-03-2011 03:38 PM
mitiempo I thought about that myself. I decided on the permanent LED lights because they do not require batteries, use very little power, and at $10 each for the small round ones and $12 each for the 8 led strip lights were not expensive.

I do have to invest in a forehead type light someday though. A lot nicer than a flashlight in my mouth.
08-03-2011 03:37 PM
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post

I don't think you can really go by lumens. I think you are better off looking at the fixtures in a good marine store or catalog. You will want some dome types for over the table and galley and the reading type for the bulkheads above the settees. LED lights are expensive and I tried a few and didn't like them - they were too cold - actually made a fluorescent look warm. My reading lights are halogen and my dome lights are halogen or xenon. When I find nice LED bulbs I can change the bulbs. The brightness can be controlled with different size bulbs - 10 or 20 watt.

I have 2 5" dome lights, 1 above the table and 1 over galley stove. A 3" dome above the chart table/icebox. Small halogen above the head with the choice of red or white small LED beside it. The LEDs are actually designed for outdoor/bait tank use and are about 1" in diameter - they cost about $10 each. I have more above the galley and chart table, also both red and white on separate switches. Against the bulkhead back in the galley and chart table area I have LED strip lights, 8 bulbs each and a small LEd centered above the stove where the cabinet meets the cabin side. These 3 come on together and are bright enough to get a coffee by themselves.

Reading lights are above the settee on each side of the main bulkhead and aft on the bulkhead of the hanging locker. I replaced the 2 lights in the V-berth as well.
I also installed 2 of the 1" red LEDs in the starboard settee front low down and 1 on the cockpit foot well. I can light the whole boat in red except the V-berth for minimal draw and total cost was about $60.

I also have a blue/white adjustable chart light on a curly cord above the chart table.

It sounds like a lot of lights but I can turn on only the ones I wish at any time.

There are a few lights to go in lockers - probably inexpensive LEDs.

The only old fixture I kept was a fluorescent - I installed it above the engine.

Thanks Brian, as usual your work is very thorough and well thought out. Wish we were in the same marina - would love to compare CS27 projects in-person over a few beers!

I had been leaning towards halogen / xenon in my gut, and your email just pushed me farther in that direction. Also really like the idea of a small red LED circuit of courtesy lights for night time use - have already had a few trips where that would have been handy.

I'm going to try to see what I can find for halogen pucks and set up a lighting plan.

Do you happen to have a source for those 8-bulb LED strip lights you used? I like the idea of using them under the cabinets, but haven't seen them in my catalog.

08-03-2011 03:34 PM
ccriders Chris,
I have a 5 led flashlight that uses two AA batteries and have used it for hours and it is still going strong on original batteries. I have a 3 led forehead light that uses three AAA batteries and those batteries have lasted over three years of accasional use. So I'm thinking that instead of investing in pretty expensive marine led units I will use individual battery powered units placed where ever I need them.

Since you are not using the lights very often or for very long, you might find that some stick on units with internal batteries will provide the lighting you need over the settee area and keep what you have over the bunks for night reading. It would save a lot of money for other projects,
08-03-2011 03:07 PM
turbulicity I recently redid my galley lighting with ikea led lights: INREDA Spotlight - IKEA

It is not very expensive, puts out a nice, warm, bright but not disturbing light, works on 12V. I will definitely use these for further cabin lighting. Planning to do cabin top around the mast next.
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