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LED Spreader Lights

My combination steaming/foredeck light is fried and I'd like to take the opportunity to go to dual LED floodlights on the lower spreaders. There seem to be a huge array of options and prices are all over the place. My ideal setup would have low and high settings - the low for day to day use like dinghy boarding, anchor watches, etc. and the high for emergency situations like the anchor dragging at 3 am. In any case, I'm curious what people are using and what has worked well?

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I don't see the need for hi/lo lights just get a switch that has off/left/right/both.

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Re: LED Spreader Lights

Being an older boat, she came with the old "tractor" light spreader lights which had only a couple of hour lifespan. I found LED bulbs for them and not only are they daylight bright, they seem to be lasting as advertised. These hardy spreader lights were (are?) the industry standard for over a half a century and the LED bulbs have brought them into this century.
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Re: LED Spreader Lights

I bought two Taco Marine LEDs last winter and am now installing them. We wired up one spreader this morning and ran a test in the cabin with a jumper to the house battery. They almost blinded my helper. Can't wait to see what they're like when the mast goes up. They draw 6 watts - 0.5 amps, so I've decided to put both on one circuit. With the old ones the draw was enough to warrant separate circuits. One more spare spot on the distribution panel is always a help.

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Re: LED Spreader Lights

I installed these 2 years ago. So far no issues. These were originally design as LED underwater lights. They draw about .5 amp. So far they have held up just fine. Many times I have left them on for several hours. They were designed to be water tight and so far they have been trouble free. Best part is they cost about $20 each so $40 total.

I posted these in another thread and had some people bashed them because they were not sold as spreader lights. But so far so good. when I was looking at new spreader lights there was just no way I would pay $200 forunit designated as LED Spreader units.

Anyway thats my .02

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I went with the Sea Hawk LED Spreader Lights from Hella Marine and can't say enough good things about them. VERY small and compact but give off an unreal amount of light. The first time I used them was in July of 2012 while on a mooring in Nantucket harbor during a Noah's Arc downpour that lasted most of the night with the wind over 30 knots from the south opposing the flood from the north as it entered the harbor. I must say that for the first few minutes after I turned them on to get a look at what was going on outside the hair on the back of my neck was starting to stand up but then I remembered i was on a mooring. With this said, they gave off enough light to see a heck of a show. In a recent issue of Practical Sailor there was a nice article of a dozen or so brands of LED spreader lights.
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I installed these 2 years ago. So far no issues. These were originally design as LED underwater lights. They draw about .5 amp. So far they have held up just fine. Many times I have left them on for several hours. They were designed to be water tight and so far they have been trouble free. Best part is they cost about $20 each so $40 total.

I posted these in another thread and had some people bashed them because they were not sold as spreader lights. But so far so good. when I was looking at new spreader lights there was just no way I would pay $200 forunit designated as LED Spreader units.

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Being an older boat, she came with the old "tractor" light spreader lights which had only a couple of hour lifespan. I found LED bulbs for them and not only are they daylight bright, they seem to be lasting as advertised. These hardy spreader lights were (are?) the industry standard for over a half a century and the LED bulbs have brought them into this century.
Capta do you have a link for the led bulbs? were they exact replacement or did you need to change to socket?
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I posted this project in the low budget projects thread.....
I will see if I can find it and post a link to the thread...


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These are the units, not sure they are still available. I bought them at a local boatersworld for $19.99ea....may go by there sometime and see if they are still available.

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