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Old 06-01-2016, 06:01 AM
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I have a 2002 Grady White Voyager. The spreader lights put a considerable draw on the batteries, so i generally don't use them. I'd like to replace the bulbs with LEDs. Is there such a retrofit bulb? Any help would be appreciated.
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Originally Posted by ralph85 View Post
I have a 2002 Grady White Voyager. The spreader lights put a considerable draw on the batteries, so i generally don't use them. I'd like to replace the bulbs with LEDs. Is there such a retrofit bulb? Any help would be appreciated.
What kind of spreader lights.
If they are just the standard square halogen fog light type light there is a thread on here where you can buy replacement a for 18 bucks or so a set.
Just a replacement bulb will never really compare.
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I bought replacement led bulbs for my old spreaders. In order to get them to fit, I had to dremel out the opening. I also found that the light wasn't as bright.

I ended up buying the 6 LED lights on Amazon for about $15/each. Much better light and easy to install.
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This might be the better option.....just doesn't look like there's much extra wire to work with. The lights i have are plenty bright, but the draw will just about shutdown all the electronics when turned on.

Any recommendations on new LED spreader lights? I just want something reasonably bright, that will last.......don't need multi-color light shows.

Update: just did a quick search for new lights and they appear to range in price from about $15 to several hundred a piece. What's reasonable? what do you get for $300 a light?


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I bought replacement led bulbs for my old spreaders. In order to get them to fit, I had to dremel out the opening. I also found that the light wasn't as bright.

I ended up buying the 6 LED lights on Amazon for about $15/each. Much better light and easy to install.
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Originally Posted by ralph85 View Post
Update: just did a quick search for new lights and they appear to range in price from about $15 to several hundred a piece. What's reasonable? what do you get for $300 a light?
The $15 lights work well, but do not last. I have one and water started seeping in behind the lens. I got 2 seasons out of it and it cost me less than a spool of braid so I am happy. Easy enough to replace and at that cost it can be considered disposable.

The higher end lights, especially if made by a reputable manufacturer, would last a lot longer and will generally provide better light output. You pay for it though.
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I was concerned about the length of the wire and/or the wire getting shorter each time I replaced so I installed spade shaped quick connects, and then I bought the cheaper lights. I am on year three, and if they do fail, I hope that the replacement is as easy as bolt on and quick connect.
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Brewer, that is my plan. I bought a set of cheap LED lights and will add a plug when installing them. I looked at it last night and there seems to be enough wire to work with. I figured I'd start at the lower end and work my way up in quality if necessary. I don't use them that often anyway.
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Cree make the best LED chips. They are pulsed to provide a high light output requiring a driver which may cause an installation issue. These LED drivers also cause a lot of RF interference issues as well due frequency of operation. You can also buy pigtail convertes for the conventional wedge or bayonet type globe holders to suit 'off the shelf' LED downlights. Search in eBay under RV and caravan LEDs for the converters.
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When the cheap lights crap out, get something that will over time perform better on a boat and have lower total cost of ownership. Such as the bulbs and fixtures sold by these guys:

https://store.marinebeam.com/
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http://sonicillusions.com/LED_SPREADER_LAMPS.html

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