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Interior lighting

Postby tex » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:33 pm

We’ve talked about Options of interior lighting before, but on our last week-long jaunt down south, we were couped up inside quite a but and realized that our previously romantically lit interior had nothing romantically lighting it. The old overhead 12V fixtures were ...well, functional. :( Upon arriving home, we started looking for lamps to restore that rich, warm feeling it once had with 110V incandescent fixtures, all of which were stripped in the interior wall project.

We were searching for heavy brass wall sconces to place against the tongue & groove teak bulkheads but the cost :shock: ! The cheap tinny stuff just didn’t seem right. Finally found this used pair of heavy brass units at the local Women’s Exchange for $9 each! Now comes the decision to wire them for 110 or 12V.

What kind of interior lighting are live-aboard folks using here? Can LED’s actually be warm and cozy, or do I stick to incandescent? Thanks for the feedback in advance.
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Re: Interior lighting

Postby Robin » Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:36 am

Basically we light up on our 12v system aside from a couple of table lamps, one in the main cabin one in the owner's cabin. We have multiple LED lights throughout, all running on 12v including a couple of brass 'pointables' aka berth lights with after market LED bulbs (warm color) Had dinner on a friend's sailboat last night which had all ceiling recessed 240VAC down lights, seemed nice to me too. Our galley/dining area is all LED it, all 12v dc plus a couple of extra stick up cordless AAA ones that are even remote controllable to light dim corners.
Mark my words, it will be dark again by nightfall :)
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Re: Interior lighting

Postby scallywag » Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:23 pm

I used my current fixtures and replaced the bulbs with LED. What a selection. Some led's are a soft white and others are a sunlight. Personally, we light the sunlight bulbs. These are a bright white light. Other bulbs are like the incandescent lights. These seem to be dull or soft intimment lights for wine and a lover.

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Re: Interior lighting

Postby tex » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:35 pm

OK, so when you all have company over, are there any comments as to the ambiance? I’ll surely enjoy the bright white LED’s in the engine & machinery spaces, but in our living area, these overhead 12 volt fixtures really sucked! All comfort from the typically rich feeling it was built with is totally compromised.
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Re: Interior lighting

Postby tex » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:36 pm

Robin wrote:Source of the post We have multiple LED lights throughout, all running on 12v including a couple of brass 'pointables' aka berth lights.


Hmm. I do have some extras of these berth lights given to us from another Krogen owner. Like these?
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Re: Interior lighting

Postby Robin » Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:49 pm

tex wrote:Source of the post
Robin wrote:Source of the post We have multiple LED lights throughout, all running on 12v including a couple of brass 'pointables' aka berth lights.


Hmm. I do have some extras of these berth lights given to us from another Krogen owner. Like these?



Those are,exactly the berth lights we have, 2 in owners cabin two in main cabin and 2more in guest cabin., ok for reading lights but not good for overall area lighting. Ou main lights are circular surface mounted LED overhead ones, in stainless steel, plus in the galley and dining area recessed LED spotlights in the ceiling that have limited movememt, plus a few under cabinet ones as well.
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Re: Interior lighting

Postby ka8uet » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:14 pm

I've got a misture of CFLs and LEDs. CFLs are brighter (good for old eyes}. LEDs are nice color temp, and last longer.

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