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A first day of fall question for all of you...

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Gofirstclass, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'd bet that many of you are in the middle to hauling out your boats for the cold winter months ahead. With that thought in mind I thought I'd give you a questto take your mind off your lonely baby sitting in a garage somewhere.

    Since I'm the resident CSR cheapskate here's a cheapskate question for you. You have two options to pick from and please justify your answer.

    When we bought our home one of the things we laughed about were the chandeliers in the garage. Yup, four of them. They each had several of the small base, chandelier type bulbs in them. While those bulbs are festive they don't last long. I've started replacing them (as they burn out) with LED bulbs. The old bulbs are 40W, the new ones are 4W and are much brighter as you can see in the photo below.

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    So here's the question: Should I replace all the remaining bulbs now, going from the 40W to the 4W bulbs, or should I continue to replace them as they burn out. So pick your answer and justify your answer:

    Option A--replace them all now, throw out the old bulbs even though they still work and save on energy consumption, or

    Option B--replace them as they burn out and not throw out bulbs that are still working.
     
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  2. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Yikes... I’m still boating
     
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  3. rlynch03

    rlynch03 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    384
    May 16, 2019
    Annapolis, MD
    07 52 Sedan Bridge, 2019 Brig Falcon 360HT-30HP Honda, 2003 16' Dauntless
    Cummins QSM 11 660 HP w/ ZF 325-1A
    The answer will be better if you can provide the below information.

    1) What is your utility rate $kwh
    2) how many hours a day/week/month do these lights operate
    3) how much do you pay for your new 4w LED lamps

    Ps...we are still boating...
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
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  4. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    Still boating too, don't take this the wrong way but how about option 3. Replace the fixture with something that takes just one bulb:D and use an LED.
    Justification. Change is a good thing and one bulb just might last you the rest time you own the house.
    Oh and I'm not a fan of chandeliers, especially in my garage!
    Carpe Diem
     
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  5. brewster16

    brewster16 Active Member

    594
    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    Pull the trigger! Replace em all!
     
  6. tc410

    tc410 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    If these activities are what life looks like without a boat, I’ll never sell mine.... Thank you for the reality check.
     
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  7. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Replace all of them and clean the glass up...

    better yet, replace those old 80’s fixtures with some LED tube lights
     
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  8. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    I hate all these "approaching winter" threads!!
     
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  9. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Replace..... Here is a pic of mine...single big LED bulb open bottom so bugs fall out...... sophisticated with a touch of elegance :)

    6E97C3EE-5EE2-4866-B747-C8C92543942F.jpeg
     
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  10. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    I would replace the whole fixtures to a more modern look as well.
    I will be pulling my boat out next Friday, as I have an upcoming rotator cuff surgery, and I need to get some things done before then.
     
  11. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Here ya go Mike.
     
  12. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Option C: Get rid of those silly things and put in fluorescent tube shop lights, as in a proper garage. You're welcome ;)
     
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  13. Joint Custody

    Joint Custody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    466
    Sep 20, 2017
    Lake Powell Utah
    2001 460 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins 6CTA8

    I think you need another boat! Just kidding.

    My OCD says replaces all.
     
  14. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    Replace them all. Then go back to the store and get another version because they are the wrong "color." Replace them with the new set. Then head back to a different store to get a different color. Replaced them with the new set. Don't ask how I know. :)
     
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  15. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    AB Ventus 9VL
    Looking for next big ride
    2019 Mercury 15 OB
    Option D: replace with some of those triple panel LED light fixtures. I got 2 for birthday to replace a pair of screw in bulbs. They are crazy bright and really light things up with WHITE light. They are so bright my Admiral wanted me to unscrew one. They were fairly cheap, too.

    Example photo:

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  16. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Active Member

    228
    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    1991 250 Sundancer & Goplus 7.5' / 2.6hp outboard.
    Previous: 180BR, 220DA, 268DA, 250DA, 268DA
    7.4 Bravo 1
    in the middle to hauling out your boats for the cold winter months ahead
    That wont happen until near Christmas, then I have the zodiac to go boating the rest of the winter. SOOO glad I left Cleveland 34 years ago. :);):p:D
     
  17. spikedaddy99

    spikedaddy99 Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Prentice, Wi
    2005 500 DB
    QSM-11
    WTF kind of question is this?? Kidding. I'm with Bobeast.
     
  18. Kwik

    Kwik Active Member

    183
    Jun 14, 2019
    Indianapolis
    2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
    2017 F150 Ecoboost 4x4
    Raymarine Axiom 9
    Raymarine Sirius 200 reciever
    5.0 Mercruiser w/Bravo III drives
    I'm with B_arrington. I have installed one of those in my garage as it is the only fixture and the garage was very dark. Four of those would be great for a garage and could do the the whole job for about $120 and likely never mess with them again in your lifetime.

    Still boating in Indiana even if there is frost on the windshield.
     
  19. wyrman

    wyrman Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Tri-Cities, Wa
    2007 310 Sundancer
    Twin 350's, V drives
    1994 18' Bluewater bowrider
    For the record, LED'S do not last forever.
    They make them pretty cheap, and they do fail.
    We've been installing a lot of them at work, they're really nice, but they're not made to last.
     
  20. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Oh, sure, Greg. Now y'all just blew my dreams of never having to replace any of those LED bulbs.

    JK, I've had them in about 8-9 months and so far none has burned out.

    Sign me...

    Crossed Fingers GFC
     
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