LED Upgrade?

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by garswen, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. garswen

    garswen New Member

    3
    Aug 18, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray 215WE
    220 Mercruiser
    I'm looking to upgrade all cabin lights and navigation lights to LED's on my 215WE. Is there a chart anywhere which will tell me the best LED replacements for each bulb?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    141
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    I replaced all of my bulbs with cheap philips led’s from the local hardware store. Problem was. Led’s are polarity sensitive and I had to reverse the polarity on most of my light fixtures.
     
  3. garswen

    garswen New Member

    3
    Aug 18, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray 215WE
    220 Mercruiser
    Thank you. Is there a way to find out which LED part number/model number to buy?
     
  4. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    141
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    Philips 1157w I believe.
     
  5. garswen

    garswen New Member

    3
    Aug 18, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray 215WE
    220 Mercruiser
    Thanks.
     
  6. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    I pretty much buy all of my LED lamps from Marinebeam or DoctorLED. Their lamps cost a bit more but their quality is much better. Their lamps are dimmable and non-polarity sensitive; this also means the lamps have circuitry that conditions the electrical supply which is important on a boat. There were some reports about the cheap imported lamps (ebay and amazon) overheating and becoming a fire hazard but I've no experience there. Replacing your Nav. lamps is a different story; there are visibility requirements that must be considered; work with a reputable company that lists the lamp as a USCG navigation replacement.
    https://store.marinebeam.com/replacement-bulbs/
    https://www.doctorled.com/DrLED_Marine_Catalog.pdf
     
  7. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    332
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    +1 on Marinebeam
     
  8. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    172
    Aug 19, 2014
    Grand Island, NY
    380 Sundancer 1999.
    7.4 Horizons
    +2 on Marine Beam. Orignally replaced all the bulbs with cheap Chinese LED's from Amazon, then 2 months later went to Marine Beam when they all failed. The Chinese company did refund my money, but what a pain.
     
  9. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    141
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    I replaced all my bulbs with cheap Philips LED’s 3 years ago and have not had a problem with one yet.
     
  10. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    773
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Another Marinebeam vote from me.
     
  11. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    528
    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    One thing I've noticed is that in the fixtures containing both the AC and the DC bulbs, LEDs will over-heat and shut down.
     

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