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LED Replacements for Small Incandescent Lightbulbs
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posted 08-10-2010 03:39 PM ET (US)
I have a 2007 Boston Whaler 210 Outrage. I [want] to replace the often failing lightbulbs in my port and starboard deck-mounted Perko navigation lamps with LED bulbs. Are LED replacement bulbs available that fit into the current sockets? Or do I have to replace the whole assembly on both sides?
Any linkage to the appropriate parts would be greatly appreciated.
posted 08-10-2010 04:29 PM ET (US)
I would think there are to many different types of light sockets out there for someone to make LED replacements for each one. Also I would think this is something Whaler would and should do for a replacement part of the light. I have not heard of any LED replacements for the current Whaler light sockets. This would be something you would have to make yourself. LED and [incandescent] lightbulbs are two totally different animals
posted 08-10-2010 06:42 PM ET (US)
LED lamps and bulbs are available to fit most light assemblies. Ancor even has them available but they are not approved for use in navigation light fixtures.
posted 08-10-2010 11:09 PM ET (US)
See page 458 of the current West Marine catalog. Dr LED has
replacement bulbs that they claim meet USCG requirements.
NOT CHEAP: $49.99
On the other hand, I'm getting tired of replacing the anchor
posted 08-11-2010 07:36 AM ET (US)
I replaced all the lights on my 1972 Smoothside this year. I bought the $50 white all around bulb that Chuck references for [stern white all-around] light; it is the type of LED that has a single bulb with light reflector with some type of resistor set up that will maintain the proper voltage. I think a regular LED will drop some illumination when you run just off battery. But note: the LED is much taller than the original bulb so I had to modify the recepticle to have the socket sit deeper in the light fixture to compensate for height difference.
I had replaced the guts of the front light fixture--the original bow light chock type that I replaced the bulb, lens, and socket three years ago--to have a modern set of LED lights to fit in to the SS housing. It was a [difficult] because you have to maintain the same orientation and angles to ensure [the lamp] still has the proper light emission coverage of 225 degree for both red and green. But in the end, it was totally worth it.
I am not sure if the incandescent get dim over time, or whether lenses get clouded, but what a difference! My father was stunned when I picked him up after dark at the dock. He did not think it was me because the lights were so bright. Big difference and also so much more reliable.
posted 08-11-2010 08:33 AM ET (US)
I was searching for anchors on ebay when I came across these, they have all kinds of them listed for different socket types etc
I've been thinking about replacement also
posted 08-11-2010 08:59 PM ET (US)
Thanks guys. Chuck--I saw those, too, and was going to check the bulb size this weekend at the boat, but you seem to have confirmed those LED's can be retrofitted to my current Perko navigation lamps.
Also saw these: a pair can be had on eBay for about $180. I am humming and hawing over replacing the whole assembly
posted 08-11-2010 09:02 PM ET (US)
Homeaside--nice call and might have to order three--for $30 looks like we can possibly replace all the nav lights for less than one of the Dr. LED bulbs
posted 08-11-2010 10:09 PM ET (US)
jharris: I know if you do a search on GOOGLE you may be able to find what you are looking for, just will take some time. Lopolight, Tranberg, Vetus, Oscolati, DHR navigation. Good luck
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