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Old 07-16-2012, 12:39 AM
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Marinebeam lights

I wanted to pass along my experience with this manufacturer.

After years of waiting for affordable HID deck lights to come on the scene, the LED's are winning. Trouble is, LED's are a little fussy and don't do well with voltage spikes (like you get from starting engines and operating big loads) and heat without some special manufacturing and design precautions. LED trailer lights (my observations) have been suffering premature failures since their introduction years ago. I found Marinebeam.com after looking for LED lights designed to survive the harsh electrical environment in boats.

Anyway, this company offers lights that seem like they won't blow, and also offer a 30-day fitment guarantee. My first set didn't fit my application and I exchanged them almost a month later without hassle. I now have 4 of this light http://store.marinebeam.com/led-flood-light.html, which is an excellent replacement for the ubiquitous Hobbs 55w halogen floodlight.

I previously tried using this light http://store.marinebeam.com/led-15w-spreader-light.html, but the beam is too narrow for a deck light unless you're mounting it up high. The housing looks like one sold at West Marine by a different manufacturer at a slightly lower price (but those are known for blowing and the manufacturer is unresponsive).

I've only had these for about a month but I'm pretty happy with them. This particular light comes with what's supposed to be a waterproof connector, and upon cutting that off you find out the wires aren't tinned. I put dielectric grease on mine before crimping the butt connectors and think they'll do ok. The color of the light is cool white which takes a little getting used to after the warm yellow halogen glow we grew up under, but now I like it. Current draw is so low you can leave them on all night with engines off, great if you don't want to get run over by a sleepy helmsman on the tuna grounds at night. They DO look a little odd but make up for it in performance.

Take home message is that there is a big difference between LED light manufacturers that you won't know about unless you read the product literature. This company seems to have done things right.

Steve

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:26 AM
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That is an LED light as well? I thought you said you didn't like led lights?
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Albiemanmike View Post
That is an LED light as well? I thought you said you didn't like led lights?
I didn't mean for it to read that way. Seems there are now some lights manufactured with careful current control, giving them good longevity. This manufacturer is one using these constant current drivers and was a pleasure to deal with. There are very similar looking lights that are slightly less expensive that do NOT employ this sort of LED protection and probably won't live long. The Marinebeam lights are warranted for two years.

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OK I understand now what you were trying to say. Thanks for the clarification.
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