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Halogen G4 to LED Bulbs

Discussion in 'Ocean Yacht' started by Tashmoo, Nov 11, 2017.

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  1. Tashmoo

    Tashmoo New Member

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    Anyone have a good source for dimmable, 2 pin G4 bulbs to replace the halogens in all the overheads? I bought 30-ish Chinese bulbs from eBay and most were toast by mid season.
  2. bsd222

    bsd222 New Member

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    Oracle lighting
  3. SeaLion

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    rcrapps Senior Member

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    There has been a lot of past discussions on this. It may be a time saver to do some searching old post here on Y F.
  5. Capt J

    Capt J Senior Member

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    I've had great luck with scandvik. The 10 watt LED replacements are as bright as 20 watt halogen. I did 65 bulbs 2 years ago on a yacht where the owner lives on it 8 days a month, and have not had a single failure. Plus they're like $10 each....the Chinese wafers can be junk.
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    We've had good luck with LEDs from marinebeam.com. Not inexpensive, but they work well. The previous and less-expensive bi-pin LEDs showed some serious signs of excessive heat on the backplane, in addition to some of the diodes crapping out. Much better with the marinebeam units.

    Their "Force 12" (or something like that) work on our dimmers, and 2700K was the right warm white color temperature. They may have something better by now; ours are several years old...

    There are different types of dimmers; with some, I've read you'll need to leave one incandescent bulb in the circuit.

    Marinebeam has some useful educational info on their site...

    -Chris
  8. Caltexflanc

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    This. I haven't run into any other vendor who understood the issues with lights on a boat better than these guys. Very happy customer here. Their advice and help are the same high quality as their product. Give 'em a call.

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