Replacement of Fluorescent Light in Head

JonnyMJonnyM Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 220Member ✭✭✭
One of the things I didn't like about my 2003 270 when I bought it was the fluorescent light fixture in the head.  Only half of the fixture lights up because the bulb is only on the right side and it was pretty dim.  I found an led round fixture from West Marine that I had laying around and used it as a replacement.  I put a snap in the one exposed hole from the old fixture.  Sorry, no before pictures.
"Mosi on Dahn"  2003 Fiesta Vee 270

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  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    I found some LED fixtures on an RV site and put those in place of the florescent fixtures in the head.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,598Member ✭✭✭✭
    Thats great! Looks good. Agree that those long florescent fixtures are not ideal. I was thinking about some kind of motion activated LED sometime down the line.  
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 590Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
    I bought and LED replacement bulb for my flourescent fixture and it certainly is much brighter
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,212Member, Moderator mod
    I replaced the fluorescent bulb with an LED one.  Had to remove ballast from inside, but now really lights it up nicely and low power.  Did the same thing with light in shower as well.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,228Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Darn it... Now another project...
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • diggin2day1diggin2day1 Long Island, NYPosts: 999Member ✭✭✭
    Looks awesome... it's on my "to do" list


  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    I switched mine out as part of the "all LED" project I did.  Because of how awkward it is to turn the head light on and off I leave 1 of them on.  I can do that and not kill the house over night with LED lights.  One of these days I'm going to figure out a way to have a switch, more like a light switch near the door of the head.  Haven't found a good place to stick one.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,212Member, Moderator mod
    Stodge, we always use one of those cheap little battery candles (fake ones) in the head.  It provides just enough light at night to do what you need to without actually waking yourself up. :)

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • randy56randy56 Newburgh INPosts: 2,020Member ✭✭✭✭
    we plug in a night light  under the sink
    Boat Name : Knot My Prolem

    2003 - 270
  • Cableguy GregCableguy Greg Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 3,228Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Does anyone know what LED bulb they ordered to replace the fluorescent bulb. I want to keep the fixture the same, just replace the bulb.

    As far as a night light goes, I am thinking about mounting a red LED fixture in the head. I have a Vaccuflush switch that I could use for it since the switch is above my TV on the 280EC. The candle that @Dream_Inn has would be a much cheaper option.
    2008 280 Express Cruiser, 6.2MPI, B3, Pittsburgh, PA
    Go Steelers!!!
  • Handymans342Handymans342 Cape Coral, FLPosts: 5,975Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I bought a retrofit kit from walmart but had to take down the fixture to rewire. 
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 1,639Member ✭✭✭✭
    Dream_Inn said:
    Stodge, we always use one of those cheap little battery candles (fake ones) in the head.  It provides just enough light at night to do what you need to without actually waking yourself up. :)
    I have a little light that looks like a weeble.  I had it in the head for a while.  Need to check on it's batteries.  Same idea though.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,212Member, Moderator mod

    I have two of these LED fluorescent replacements in my head:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018CFQE4A/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Looks like they are quite a bit cheaper right now than what I paid a year ago for them.  They are a bit brighter than the fluorescent and work very well.  You do have to do a slight mod removing the ballest, but pretty simple mod.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • JonnyMJonnyM Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 220Member ✭✭✭

    I bought these from Sam's last year at the end of the season.  They are 4 color and I put one in the head and 2 on the shelves on each side of the vee birth.  They run on AAA batteries and have a remote with a timer feature so I don't forget to turn them off.

    https://www.samsclub.com/sams/accent-lights-multi-color/prod19542442.ip?pid=_CSE_BING_PLA_711148&source=ifpla&CAWELAID=730010300000937104&pid=ps_230012787&adid=22222222622000042015&wl0=e&wl1=o&wl2=c&wl3=10352245534&wl4=kwd-1105708109229&wl12=711148&wl14=hoover led lights&wl15=5841936941&wl16=&veh=sem

    "Mosi on Dahn"  2003 Fiesta Vee 270
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 4,212Member, Moderator mod
    Those lights look interesting Jonny.  I assume that all 4 work at once on the single remote?  They might even be nice for inside cabinets.  I may have to look into them.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • JonnyMJonnyM Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 220Member ✭✭✭
    Dream_Inn said:
    Those lights look interesting Jonny.  I assume that all 4 work at once on the single remote?  They might even be nice for inside cabinets.  I may have to look into them.

    Yes, there are 5 of them and they all work together off of the single remote.  You can also press down on the light itself to turn it on individually.
    "Mosi on Dahn"  2003 Fiesta Vee 270
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