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Old 10-01-2006, 08:40 PM
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Anybody using them? Either for nav lights or interior? Thinking about trying them and wondering how they actually perform

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Old 10-01-2006, 08:56 PM
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my whole boat is LED - leave 'em on for days....start with the bow lights - innovative lighting - do a yahoo search...these guys can be seen way out there...
Old 10-03-2006, 08:33 AM
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Same here. All LED's.
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Does anyone know if I can replace just the bulb in a standard stern light with a LED?
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Fubar261 - 10/3/2006 9:58 AM

Does anyone know if I can replace just the bulb in a standard stern light with a LED?
call these guys: superbrightleds.com - you might be able to get a led bulb....

but unless you get the sealed LED lights in the receptical you still will get corrosion. The lights above are sealed and cannot get corrosion in them and will last longer than you will own the boat...part of the reason for going with them, never worry a light goes out at a bad moment....
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I have LED bow, all-around, and cabin lights. Got them in my live well too. The well LEDs come on when the cover is lifted (sealed solid state sensor).

The nav and 'round light are great. Reliable and (it seems) brighter than the originals. ... 2 mile rated. My Perko 'round light is great, but came with a rather junky (IMHO) mount. I mounted the light to a 2 foot section of what was once a VHF antenna - don't ask how I got that! Screwed to a typical VHF antenna mount on the hard top.

The cabin light is a modified incandescent with 10-15 UHB LEDs. Dosen't look like much during the day, but enough to read by at night - at less than 1/2 amp.

Have LED trailer lights as well. No probem with tail lights - and brighter than my old ones. Lost two marker lights, but a post mortum indicated the manufacturer had over tighten and cracked them. New LED markers doing fine...

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Fubar261 - 10/2/2006 9:58 PM

Does anyone know if I can replace just the bulb in a standard stern light with a LED?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If you have nav lights are are factory original with incandescent bulbs I highly recommend you keep it that way. Nav lights are about visibility and LEDs are a whole different animal than the light bulbs we know and love. Overall, LEDs canít compete with incandescent for visibility. Thatís why there are a bunch of LEDs in one light source as opposed to a single incandescent bulb. Oftern the LED replacement for an incandescent bulb is not as bright as the bulb. Thatís why I suggest not replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs if bulbs were originally in your nav lights. You may need to replace the entire nav light fixture with an LED model.

LEDís are not cheap. Compare a commercial 5-mile vis all-around white masthead lamp at $200 to the same thing in LED starting at $1200. Ok, less money for recreation nav lights but you get the idea.

If you want LEDs to save power resources you missed something. If your resources are so tight you canít run incandescent lamps on your boat I suggest upgrading your battery banks and/or charging until you can, then look at LEDs for other reasons.

At the end of the day, LEDs cost more to buy and own. The savings from burning an LED bulb never really makes up for the other costs so incandescent bulbs are less expensive in the long run. If the cost of LEDs drops that will reverse and LEDs will become preferred.

For internal lighting, know that not everyone can tolerate white LED light. It has cold bluish hue that drives some people crazy, can give them head aches. So before you commit to white LED cabin lights you may want to visit an all-LED light source to see if you are comfortable with the quality of the light.

Three reason to use LED: (1) they don't generate near as much heat, (2) they donít burn out as frequently as a bulb, (3) they can withstand vibrations and shock that a bulb only dreams about. If you donít see any of those three reason as why you want LED on your boat, then I recommend you do not use LED lamps because it is not worth the cost.
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Fubar261 - 10/3/2006 7:58 AM

Does anyone know if I can replace just the bulb in a standard stern light with a LED?
I know. You can't.

The "stern" light is an "all around light". LEDs are directional, that is, each LED lights a fairly narrow angle. You can buy a replacement stern light with an "array" of LEDs arranged in a circle to provide 360 degree illumination.

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I replaced my bulb type lights with the ones in "Glen Es" picture. Much better range and they are sealed. They say they should last 10000 hours. I hope I last that long.
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jerryk - 10/10/2006 8:17 AM

They say they should last 10000 hours. I hope I last that long.
You only want to live for another year and 51 days?

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