Recent Lighting Improvements
There we go...a case of rum
can solve any problem!
New Reading Lights in V-Berth
|Our old reading lights had 5-watt incandescent bulbs. |
The bulbs burned out annually and they were difficult to change.
We recently changed out the old reading lights with new Five Oceans-brand reading lights with LED bulbs. The results were nothing short of amazing--we now have bright reading lights that use a minimum of electrical power.
|Our new Five Oceans-brand reading lights have LED bulbs |
and we will probably never have to change them.
The Five Oceans-brand reading light has an ABS plastic housing with an on/off switch. It draws 1.15 watts (0.096 amps at 12 volts DC) and works on voltage ranging from 10 to 30 volts DC. The beam angle is 30 degrees which covers an area of about 20 inches in diameter only 3 feet away. The 2-inch diameter LEDs produce 26 lumins of light (without producing any heat) and are expected to last 50,000 hours--at 2 hours of use per day, that's over 65 years! No more changing bulbs!
New Chart Table Light
|The rotary switch is located on the face of the light. The center |
position is "off" and the positions on the right and
left are for white light or red light.
The new Hella-brand chart table light draws less than 2 watts (less than 0.16 amps at 12 volts DC) and works on voltages between 9 volts and 31 volts DC.
|The light is mounted on the woodwork around the VHF radio. |
The power supply wires run through the light's base.
|The new chart light produces a lot of light directly |
in the center of our chart table.
--Alan Dean Foster
Our AIS receiver installation will, hopefully, be the subject of our next blogpost. Getting some old wiring out of a very tight space has delayed the installation. Somehow, we'll get it worked out soon (no pun intended).