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newt posted 05-14-2009 07:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for newt   Send Email to newt  
I need to install some cockpit lighting in my Revenge. Can anyone recommend a good [lamp] that won't break the bank?
jimh posted 05-14-2009 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I share this interest. My plan is to mount the lamps under the gunwale. I have not found any lamps that I would consider to be cost effective. There are some new designs using LED light sources, but they seem awfully expensive. I am open to any suggestions.
Ridge Runner posted 05-14-2009 09:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I mounted this light in my 130 Sport. I choose this version because it is waterproof. It does require a 3-inch hole be cut. The light works great. For my Conquest 295 I use surface mounted strip LED lighting mounted under the gunwales, these were not very expensive, $22 for a strip with 6 LEDS in each.

dino54904 posted 05-14-2009 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dino54904  Send Email to dino54904     
Last year I installed these led lights under the gunnels of my classic 19' Outrage...

www.yachtlights.com/item--SeaMaster-LED-Strip-20-Inch--SML-20.

I mounted two 20" strips to each side of the boat's cockpit and one along the back seat shining on the transom and engines.

The reason I like them is because they incorporate either red or white colored lights. Using a two position switch I can select either color. I do a lot of very early morning salmon fishing (leave the dock at 4:00 am). I use the white light for loading the boat and while at the dock and the red lights for fishing before the sun comes up.

Thus far they have been very dependable and are performing to my expectations. I believe I have $250 invested in the lights.

ratherwhalering posted 05-14-2009 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I installed some inexpensive LED lights from a trailer supplier by mounting them to a Starbord base.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v641/ratherwhalering/Parts/ ?action=view¤t=100_0507.jpg

David Pendleton posted 05-14-2009 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
There are LED equivalents to nearly every incandescent bulb made nowadays.

I replaced all my courtesy lights, in fact all the lights on my boat including navigation lights, with LEDs.

Buy the inexpensive courtesy lights and retro-fit them with LED bulbs.

newt posted 05-15-2009 06:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Good info guys. I like the trailer light idea if they are bright enough for under the gunwale. I saw some for $6.49/each in the BassPro Catalog.

Ridgerunner - how bright are the led strips? Would one on each side of the cockpit be sufficient?

Ridge Runner posted 05-15-2009 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
For my boat I used two strips on each underside of the gunwale, four total. I have a Conquest 295 so the cockpit is pretty large, plus I did mine with blue LED'S. I think a single strip with white LED'S should work great. If you go to West Marine these lights are packaged with a small battery hooked up to the light for demo purposes,so you can judge the brightness right in the store.
neversummer posted 05-15-2009 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for neversummer  Send Email to neversummer     
Ridgerunner,

How do those blue LED's look? I was thinking about doing the same thing, but am torn between white, red, or blue. West Marine has some of these colored LED strips for under 10 bucks (shocking)

Ridge Runner posted 05-15-2009 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ridge Runner  Send Email to Ridge Runner     
I like the blue alot. I think it depends on what your use is. If you just want cool back ground lighting the blue works great, if you need it to be functional for say, rigging tackle at night I would go with white.

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