LED Cabin Lights

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Likewise... bought a bunch of these..(7) and replaced every bulb on the boat...

They are a pleasent enough colour... one bulb has lost 1 led.... but that has not made a noticable differerence... I think the key is Get a warm bulb.... get as many LED's as possible...

I think these are a bit brighter than the originals and very slightly cooler... but we are happy, and using 1/10th of the power..
 

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We hated the ones we got. They weren't advertised as "warm" light though, so perhaps the "warm" ones are much better, We use standard filament ones now when on shore-power and a number of different paraffin ones when not. Paraffin lamps create the best atmosphere of all and use zero battery power. Little hurricane style lamps will go for 10 hours on 250ml.
 

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I'd give a massive endorsement to Bedazzled. (no connection etc.)

Worked with me to understand my requirements and propose a solution :)
 

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I've just replaced almost every interior light with bulb from Searolf and got a few of the long plastic striplights too. There all warm wight and prvide a nice bright light, almost as bright and warm as the halogens they replaced. Consumption is a tenth of the bulbs they replaced. I've used the 12 and 16 LED version as I found the 9 LED versions quite a bit dimmer than the existign bulbs.

Can't comment on the longevity of the bulbs yet as they've only been fitted for a couple of weeks. But Searolf's service was impeccable: stuff arrived next day and they quickly refunded the bulbs that I didn't use.

I'm going to get some more from them next week to change the last few remiaining light to LED.

No connection other than a satisfied customer whose used them three times recently following a rcommendation of this forum.
 

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Replaced ours with 'warm' led's from Ultraleds. Really nice light and as said above avoid the 'cool' light except possibly for the chart table. One word of warning, just check that they are okay for RF interference as one lot I got from UltraLed can't be used at the same time the FM radio is on. Need to replace them this year.
 

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Just replaced all our saloon downlights with http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170577365519&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

The mini reading spots in cabin corners with http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170604873469&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT (this lamp is amazing and is brighter and with a tighter beam than a 10w spot) and heads lights with http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130489997766&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Its amazing with every light on and the boat lit up like a christmas tree we are only using 0.5A, previously was something like 10A

More than happy with the result, but do be sure to get warm white, regular white is very cold.

Look on eBay many of these lamps cost pence with free postage so you can play around andcheck them without any great expense. I would recomend Lustrum Light UK who gave me good quick service, http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/lustrumlight-uk/ but there are hundreds of similar suppliers.
 

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I'm another convert. After reading this thread I bought these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280650710319

Brilliant!

Almost as bright as the over-specced filament bulbs I had in which had started to deform the plastic cover with their heat output night after night. And almost indistinguishable light colour. They draw 182 mA at 13.4V as opposed to over an amp each for the filament ones. It's like Blackpool in here now!
 

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Which replacement LED festoon bulbs?

I am seeking LEDs as well.
I have saloon lights with 2 X 10 watt Festoon (39mm) 12 volt bulbs and wish to replace them with the brightest LEDs I can find.

The simplest option is to replace each festoon bulb with either:

a) 9 led SMD 5050 chip e.g.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2-pcs-39mm-9-...ighting_Lamps_Lighting_SM&hash=item3cb51025be

b) or a 16 (but a smaller led)
e.g. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dome-16-SMD-L...489997766&po=&ps=63&clkid=8240953408174115010

c) or perhaps I should them replace with a panel of 36 leds - something like
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Light-Panel-3...arts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4aa947cd27

How do they compare in terms of brightness against the original 10 watt festoon?
Does anyone have approx figures for each of the Lumen output?
(nb. for other readers reference purposes a conventional filament 60 watt 240 volt bulb is meant to have around 800 lumens output).
(but I can't find any details on many lumens a 12 volt 10 watt festoon bulb produces)

Generally, is it better to have larger size LEDs or a greater number of smaller LEDs?

Can any answers ignore the cool/warm colour debate!
 

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Searolf are very good at the customer service...and quick. Go for the warm tone ... muc nicer and over spec the LED ie more LEDs than the data suggests, only by obne or two though.
See PBO this month.
 
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