LED Upgrade?

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

  1. garswen

    garswen New Member

    10
    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

    229
    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

    10
    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

    229
    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    Philips 1157w I believe.
     
  5. garswen

    garswen New Member

    10
    Aug 18, 2018
    2005 Sea Ray 215WE
    220 Mercruiser
    Thanks.
     
  6. ttmott

    ttmott PhD in OCD GOLD Sponsor

    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

    340
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    +1 on Marinebeam
     
  8. Island Time Buffalo

    Island Time Buffalo Member

    173
    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

    229
    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

    857
    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

    913
    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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