Retro fitting cabin lights with LED's

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  1. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    41
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Good evening members,
    I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations for the existing cabin lights. I'd like to switch them out to LED to conserve power when we are anchored out, and to eliminate cabin heat from the incandescent bulbs currently installed.
    I've read a few things about it, some say change out the bulbs, others say change out the entire fixture. What have other members done regarding this?
    As usual, Thanks in advance for your help.
    Kevin
     
  2. kysearay

    kysearay Active Member

    132
    Jun 15, 2017
    KY
    42 Sundancer
    8.1's gassers
    On my 420 I did alittle of both, i changed bulbs in the interior through superbright.com and then on the deck and hardtop i changed them over to lumitec multicolor and love them!
     
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  3. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    Raymarine E125 & HD Radar + Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    + 1
     
  4. 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
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  5. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    I didn't need to change fixtures, everyone accepted LED lights. Whichever way you go, you're on the right track.
     
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  6. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    436
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    I didn't change any fixtures either, just bulbs. I can't remember exact link for cabin and cockpit lights (Amazon) but for the navigation lights I used superbright.com. The lower cockpit lights I got green to match my underwater lights and left the arch lights white. It was definitely worth it. image.jpg
     
  7. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    No need to change fixtures. I changed out the bulbs to LED in my old boat about 4 or 5 years before I sold it, and then last summer in my current boat with no problems.
    I got the bulbs for both boats from Amazon.
     
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  8. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
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  9. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
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  10. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Great idea!

    Bennett
     
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  11. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    41
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm going with the bulb replacement, the more I thought about it, the more I want to keep her original Sea Ray. Awesome site, lots of experience and sound advice here.
     
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    If you want to try to get as close to the color and glow of the original bulbs be sure to look for “warm white”. It will still be slightly brighter than the originals but will have the same color as opposed to the stark white or blue white of other LED bulbs.
     
  13. wayne0

    wayne0 Active Member

    379
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    +1
     
  14. 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
    Look for lights with 2700-3200K. that is "warm white" like discussed above. 6000K will be the "cool white" or blue white light...
     
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  15. mjoplin

    mjoplin Member

    118
    Oct 10, 2016
    Houston, TX
    2005 Sundancer 280
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
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  16. 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
    Good chart MJ - thanks.
     
  17. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    336
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    I went with warm white bulbs from MarineBeam.Com. Very pleased with the results.
     
  18. Simon65

    Simon65 New Member

    8
    Nov 6, 2017
    2004 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer
    Upgrades below
    Mercruiser 8.1S Horizons w/V-Drives
    Zintex Gasoline Monitor
    Krohler Generator
    [​IMG] Hi Kevin,

    I concur with others on this thread. You don’t need to replace the fittings just change out the bulbs. I replaced all of mine in cabin including the bilge lights to LEDs, so much brighter. Also changed out all the cockpit lights to lights to Lumitec dual colour with built in bezel dimmers, they are awesome.

    I bought my bulbs from amazon/super bright and Lumitec from Amazon. Easy to install. Also changed out cabin courtesy lights to stainless steel with blue lights, again from Amazon.

    Bilge LEDs x 4 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XHCS3CR/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Gu4 bulbs for all lights in cabin - they fit all lights, a little hard to fit in some fittings due to space but all ok
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HA130R6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Courtesy lights in cabin
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BKZPL7K/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Lumitec blue/white dimmable cockpit lights x 5
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AWPXTKQ/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    Hope that helps,

    All the best,

    Simon
     
  19. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    41
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
  20. Kevin Kidd

    Kevin Kidd Member

    41
    Oct 16, 2017
    California Delta
    270 Sundancer 2000
    7.4 Mercruiser w/ Bravo 3 outdrive
    Thanks everyone for the recommendations and suggestions. I ordered replacement LED bulbs and just installed those, as we are wanting to keep the boat as original as possible by keeping the fixtures.
    I appreciate everyone's input.
    Kevin
     

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