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Courtesy and Cockpit Lighting
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posted 05-14-2009 07:08 AM ET (US)
I need to install some cockpit lighting in my Revenge. Can anyone recommend a good [lamp] that won't break the bank?
posted 05-14-2009 09:23 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-14-2009 09:54 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-14-2009 09:55 AM ET (US)
Last year I installed these led lights under the gunnels of my classic 19' Outrage...
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.
posted 05-14-2009 05:44 PM ET (US)
I installed some inexpensive LED lights from a trailer supplier by mounting them to a Starbord base.
posted 05-14-2009 10:14 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-15-2009 06:49 AM ET (US)
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?
posted 05-15-2009 08:15 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-15-2009 09:10 AM ET (US)
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)
posted 05-15-2009 10:52 AM ET (US)
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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