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RainDog 11-29-2010 04:34 PM

Reading Light Rehab
Has anyone rehabilitated their reading lights? Since new ones are $220 (x 6!), I am hoping to restore mine. They are very similar to this:

IMTRA Marine Products

Has anyone found a source for spare parts for these lights? Especially replacement bayonets (or upgrade bayonets).

Four of my six lights are badly tarnished. I am assuming the brass coating has worn off and needs to be restored. Anyone found a way to restore their good looks?

MARC2012 11-29-2010 04:58 PM

Hdw storesa,uto suppliers,marine suppliers all should have the bayonets.Do not know about your specific lights however many have a lacquer over the brass.The lacquer can be removed,the brass cleaned & then relacqured or preputaly polishing.marc

wsmurdoch 11-29-2010 06:29 PM

When we bought the boat in 2004 the reading lights and dome lights were in cosmetically bad shape. I took all of them off the boat, brought them home, and went to work. I took them apart, soaked the brass parts in paint remover, and rubbed off the softened lacquer with lots of old cloths. A few hours at the buffing wheel made everything shiny again. (There is not a brass coating; the lamps are brass.) I sprayed the beautiful parts (including the screw heads) with either clear enamel from the hardware store or one part automotive topcoat from Advance. I really did not like either and might try two part topcoat next time. I sprayed the insides of the reading lamps and the dome lamps with white enamel. There was nothing wrong with the electrical parts, so I just put everything back together and reinstalled the lamps on the boat.

Five years later one or two could stand being done again, but the rest are fine.

This year I decided to change to LEDs. I first put two bayonet base Dr LED bulbs in the vee berth reading lamps, then later for everything else I bought the circuit-board-like bulbs from SuperBrightLEDs and G4 bases to replace the bayonet bases. When I looked at the amount of work needed to take all the fixtures apart and install the G4 bases, I got lazy and bought the adaptors instead. I wish I had put in the G4 bases when I had the lamps apart five years ago.

Bill Murdoch
1988 PSC 34
Irish Eyes

johnharch 11-29-2010 08:48 PM

If you don't want to rebuild and refurbish your lamps, I highly recommend the titanium coated LED reading lights from AplenGlow. $105.00 each

Reading and Berth Lights

wsmurdoch 11-30-2010 06:58 AM

I was looking for something else on the internet last night and stumbled across some really low cost circuit board type warm white LED bulbs. I paid 7x more for the warm white ones that I have. Mine have active voltage regulation while these seem to have only resistors for the current control.

DealExtreme: $3.00 G4 1.2W 108-Lumen 3500K 24-SMD LED Car Warm White Light Bulb (DC 12V)
DealExtreme: $3.00 G4 1.2W 110-Lumen 3500K 25-SMD LED Car Warm White Light Bulb (DC 12V)

Bill Murdoch
1988 PSC 34
Irish Eyes

samchristo 12-05-2010 08:38 AM

We went thru a succession of LED bulbs and found the cheap ones tend to fail from voltage regulation problems. We have settled on Sensibulbs from as they are warm, bright and have lasted fairly well. (Some of their older bulbs were made in Mexico and have not held up.)

s/v Grace PSC34

BirdBrain333 12-10-2010 06:27 PM

I also have been struggling with this decision for the past year. I've had great luck with the Sensi-Bulbs from Sailor's Solutions but in the brass fittings which RainDog and I have, the bulbs protrude farily far out in the "shade" so give lots of "bare lightbulb" style glare.

In a previous boat I converted two lamps to white plastic "Opal" lamps with sensi-bulbs. While these lack the nice brass finish which goes so well with our teak interior, the "Opal" lampshade gives off a warm glow when the light is on so provides a nice ambient light to the cabin plus a good strong reading light.

I'll be interested to hear about other solutions.

Thanks, Jay

PSC 37 Kenlanu

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