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May 10, 2017
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Retrofitting Your Yacht With LED Lighting

Retrofitting the lights on both the inside and outside of your yacht or commercial vessel with LED lighting can be an excellent way to achieve long-term illumination while drastically cutting down on the energy used to light your craft. LED Lights are also far less prone to malfunctions, are less sensitive to vibrations, and provide the same or better quality light as traditional incandescent bulbs. Let’s talk a bit more about why retrofitting your yacht with LED lights should be a priority.

What Are LED Lights?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a semiconductor device that converts electricity in to light. LED Lights are extremely energy efficient, using about 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting. LED lights also give off far less heat than traditional lighting, meaning you will be using less power overall and reducing potential for heat related damage to other components or systems. LED lights also have an extremely long life span in comparison to traditional lighting. With an average life span of 25,000 – 50,000 hours, LED lights considerably out perform incandescent lights that last for 1000 hours on average.

What Are The Benefits of LED Lighting?
The use of LED lighting on yachts and boats is no longer just a trend, but something that every yacht owner should seriously consider. First and foremost, LED lighting is extremely cost efficient. LED lights only have a 10 percent power requirement over regular lighting, meaning it is possible to achieve savings of up to 75%.

Another benefit to LED lighting is the considerably longer life span of LED lights, meaning less time spent finding and replacing burnt out bulbs. If the life span of a normal light bulb were scaled down to 3 to 5 hours overall, an LED light will emit light for about 100 – 150 hours at the same scale.

Most importantly, LED lighting is much more immune to changes in temperature and humidity than traditional lighting. This means that as you experience changes in environment you can expect your lights and indicators to experience far fewer performance issues.

What Kind of Energy Savings Can You Expect?
While energy savings will always vary on a case to case basis, here are example savings from an actual experiment using a 73 foot motor yacht. While using a traditional halogen light configuration the yacht would draw roughly 62 amps. When this yacht was retrofitted for LED lighting, it then only drew 7 amps of electrical current. In addition, only about 5% of the energy used by an LED light is converted in to heat as opposed to about 90% with halogen lights, meaning a considerably lower expenditure on cooling costs. As you can see, by changing from halogen or incandescent lighting to LED will have major impact on overall expenditures.

If you are interested in learning more about retrofitting your yacht or commercial vessel with LED lighting feel free to contact the experienced marine electricians at Tess Electric about designing a customized strategic action and execution plan for your craft.

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