Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights
Ken Powers <sailingaquarius@...>
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I also had a problem with the overhead lights with the two parallel inserts to make connection. I did find some that "worked" but the only worked for about 10 minutes and blew out. Also, they were not very bright. So, here is what I did:
My SM is 24V... So I bought 4 each of 12V LED lights and soldered 2 sets of 2 in series. Then Kluged the connection into the socket and WA-LA.... Let there be light!! My wife was VERY happy.
On Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:28 PM, "'Mark Erdos' mcerdos@... [amelyachtowners]" wrote:
Here is a link to LED bulbs that are G4 bases 24v that we are using on Cream Puff:
With best regards,
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Grenada
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Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: finding LED bulbs for overhead lights
Thanks for the tips. You've given me a bunch of good ideas. Also, I contacted boatlamps.co.uk and they knew exactly what I was talking about. They recommend this bulb, which looks like it might work... I'll have to measure carefully to see if the fixture can accomodate the diameter. It seems a little silly to me to waste the light that would be pointing up, but the bulbs are in theory brighter than the halogens they're replacing, so it might be OK. Also I learned that the largest fixture on my boat, the one above the salon table, has the pins oriented straight out of the ceiling (so it would take a back-pin LED bulb).
SM 233 Iteration
I converted all bulbs on hull № 350 to LED in 2013. I faced the same problem as you have.
For my overhead lights, the two-pin socket which comes from the Amel factory aligning vertically consists of a brown or black bakelite terminal with the electric wires coming in the back and the two pins exposed to the center of the light assembly.
This bakelite terminal is held in place by a little screw. The bakelite terminal is elongated in such a way that when the little screw tightens, it automatically rotates the pins to the factory vertical position; i.e., if you loosen the screw, rotate the bakelite terminal 90°, and try to tighten the screw, it will inevitably rotate the bakelite terminal back to the Amel factory position with the pins aligned vertically.
In 2013, no suitable LED existed with vertically aligned pins, much less in the warm light variety we required, and which proved very hard to find.
So I took an abrasive tip on a dremel, loosened the screw, pulled bakelite terminal so I had one or two inches of electric wire exposed (for ease of work), and wore down the Amel factory elongation on each bakelite terminal. Sometimes upon retightening the screw the base still rotated a bit so the LED was not perfectly horizontal, but frankly, this does not impact light distribution in any perceptible way. One or two of mine are crooked enough that one edge of the flat disk LED may be touching the diffuser glass, but I don't think anyone has ever noticed.
It takes a bit of time. And I ruined one of the LEDs in the process of installing, but so far, only one LED has burned out, just a week or two ago.
SM2000 № 350 (2002)
Underway, Thermopylae to Sciathus