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09-16-2011 12:49 PM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by arf145 View Post
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...
09-16-2011 12:11 PM
arf145
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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
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.
09-16-2011 02:00 AM
nickmerc +1 for Sensibulbs. If you can get to a boat show this fall they tend to make decent deals when purchasing more than one.
09-12-2011 01:33 PM
JimsCAL Here's a link to info on the Imtra replacements I mentioned above.

IMTRA Marine Products

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.
09-12-2011 12:02 PM
eherlihy
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Originally Posted by mfsykes View Post
LED sounds great, but I just finished crewing for three days where the owner had replaced all incandescent with LEDs - they interfered with our radio transmissions...don't know why, but when we doused the lights, no radio problems.
That is part of the argument FOR Sensibulbs vs other LED lights. No RFI.
09-12-2011 11:36 AM
mfsykes LED sounds great, but I just finished crewing for three days where the owner had replaced all incandescent with LEDs - they interfered with our radio transmissions...don't know why, but when we doused the lights, no radio problems.
09-12-2011 11:20 AM
eherlihy The statement has been made elsewhere that; you get what you pay for. Maine Sail did an excellent comparison of the various available LEDs here. There was also a caution / update of them here.

I pulled out two black plastic Perko Incandescent reading lamps, and installed two of these;
.

Elsewhere in the cabin, I replaced the most used incandescents with these;


All of these are Sensibulb LEDs, available here.
09-12-2011 10:48 AM
LauderBoy
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Originally Posted by thomasward00 View Post
I've recently purchased my first boat a North American Spirit 23, I'm looking to install Interior LED lights, does anyone have any pointers?
I bought a set of these: LED Surface Mount Accent Light - iboats.com

I ripped out the old lights, wired these in and used 4200 to mount them. I've been pretty happy with how it all worked out.
09-11-2011 09:57 PM
bljones Completely off on a tangerine, but when did the Bay of Fundy move to NY?
09-11-2011 09:08 PM
sterilecuckoo58 For the benefit of others looking at the thread who have festoon type bulb holders (a metal pointed cap at each end of cylinder, typically 44, 42, 31 mm long). I bought festoon type bulbs with 6 and 3 leds, one of the 6s was red. I found the 6 to be properly warm white while the 3 was much cooler. Since the 6 warm is not as bright as a 10w incandescent, I'll be going with 6s in each of my lamps. Excess brightness does not seem to be an issue.

I got mine from superbrightleds.com and the model number I liked is 4210-xHP6.
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