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|08-11-2011 05:56 PM|
It's not a great picture but here is the strip light I mentioned. It is about 7" long.
|08-03-2011 05:08 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 05:05 PM|
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 04:56 PM|
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 04:48 PM|
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 | Photoshop.com
Beware of LED fixtures that are not regulated -- their lifespan shortens drastically when voltages go over spec.
|08-03-2011 04:46 PM|
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
|08-03-2011 04:38 PM|
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 04:37 PM|
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
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 04:34 PM|
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 04:07 PM|
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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