if possible, try to see
the light in operation
before you make a
One of the main
reasons to change to
LEDs is saving power.
Although it’s difficult
to give exact comparisons, a 25-watt
12-volt bulb uses just over 2 amps. An
LED light fixture with a similar light
output may use between one-fifth and
one-tenth of the power. If you add up all
Depending on the light fixture, many bayo-net-style bulbs can simply be exchanged for
an LED cluster, making this the simplest of
The Sensibulb from Sailors Solutions fits
neatly into a variety of light fixtures and
offers a good spread of light to read by.
outlay. As an example, a 12-diode bayonet-type bulb used as a direct replacement for a
25-watt bulb of the same pattern will cost
around $9 versus $2.50 for the standard
tungsten-filament version. As more and
more consumers and boatbuilders incorporate LEDs, we’ll see a further fall in cost.
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the lights on the average cruising boat,
your savings can be significant. I have 10
lamps on my boat in the saloon alone. I’m
now able to burn all the lights without
fear of the house bank getting severely
depleted or having to start the generator
to keep the batteries topped up.
Factoring In Costs
LED lighting isn’t cheap, but you need
to factor into the equation that you may
never need to change a bulb. Over the life
of the boat, the savings both in terms of
replacement costs and lower energy bills
should more than offset the higher initial P H O T O