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Old 11-12-2010, 07:10 PM   #1
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I am slowly replacing the bulbs in the cabin with the G4 10 light LED's. They are side pin, but the pins seem a little long. I can still install them and replace the light fixture cover, however they are not quite centered.

Can I clip the pins so that they are a bit shorter or will this deem them inoperable?

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I can't see a problem with shortening the conductors, just leave enough for a solid contact in the sockets.

Did you find a fair deal locally, or did you order online? I paid about $12 each for warm white G4 6's online last year at ledlight.com.
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Nope! 24 bucks! I knew it was too much, and was going to buy them from your source, but before doing so I wanted to test one out and see how it looked and fit. I think I am going to go with the 6 bulb like yours. The 10 is nice, but maybe a bit too bright. What did you do for your courtest lights? They are not the same kind of bulb with the pins.
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With the G4's, we like the warm whites. We tried the "white" LED's and they were too blue/green for our taste.

For the courtesy lights I used red T10 3-LED lights as they were low profile enough to fit under the lenses, and in low light conditions on the hook they don't blow out my night vision.

http://www.ledlight.com/t10-wedge-3-led-light.aspx

FWIW - we replaced the anchor light bulb with one of these. Low amps and very bright.

http://www.ledlight.com/SearchResult...KeyWords=34211
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You can clip the leads. I ordered (20) 18 bulb LED's from a Hong Kong company for about $2.75 each delivered, found on Ebay and they worked fine. Even though labeled 'warm white,' some had a green tinge, but they were fine from our standpoint. Only warning on clipping the leads is to be careful not to put stress on the lead to where it is soldered onto the light. I had one break free, so then useless. Did the whole boat (16 lights) for under $50.

One other thing is you might have to reverse the polarity on your socket wiring. I had to clip and change the wires on about 1/2 of my lights, as the LED lights I bought are polarity sensitive.
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Made the decision to lower my power consumption and replaced all 34 ceiling (G4B-CWHP10-DAC cool white), 12 courtesy (WLED-NW5 natural white), 11 engine gauges (WLED-NW5 natural white) and 1 water tank level (WLED-NW5 red) gauge lights with LEDS.

I bought a couple cool white and a couple warm white to test. We went with the cool white. We prefer the white/blue tint over the yellow tint of the warm white. I also find it easier to read with the whiter light. The main cabin is on 3 switches, the bath on 2, the forward birth on 2 and the rear birth on 2 so we can adjust the amount of light for any given need. The courtesy lights are in the cockpit, swim platform and bow pulpit and are controlled by 3 switches.
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I love your ideas but curious about something.
Why replace the gauges with LEd when they presumably only run when the engines are on??
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I too would like to replace my bulbs with LED's for the reduced current load on the house battery. Is there a trick to popping the lens off to get to the bulb? I haven't tried it yet but was taking a look at one of the lights over the weekend and didn't see an obvious was to get the lens off - but like I tell the Admiral - I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.
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Why replace the gauges with LEd when they presumably only run when the engines are on??
the duty cycle on LED is such that you will probably only need to change them once in your lifetime. The colors cand be changed so all lit accessories match. Just a couple of thoughts.

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I too would like to replace my bulbs with LED's for the reduced current load on the house battery. Is there a trick to popping the lens off to get to the bulb? I haven't tried it yet but was taking a look at one of the lights over the weekend and didn't see an obvious was to get the lens off - but like I tell the Admiral - I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.
It depends on the type of light. If it is the surface mounted puck lights, they should unscrew a quarter turn to the left. If they are the flush mounted oval lights, there is a dlot for a flathead screwdriver. Take a pic to confirm which you have to determine the proper method.
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Shrew - I actually have and want to replace both of those styles. I wasn't specific in my post but was thinking about the oval style - thanks for the tip - I will take a closer look for the screwdriver slot. BTW - do they both (puck and oval) use the same model/type bulb?
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