LED in and out, on our way to go green!

After studying and multiple discussions with reseller, we have a better idea of the LED markets which is a huge market by the way and moving fast. We finally made our decision and went with Marinebeam;  Jeff Field has written a nice paper on the subject and seems to be reselling some more well thought out light bulbs.

All the dimension on the previous post are correct and here is the list of what you need for a lagoon 380 S2.

Name                       Code                         Qty     Each  Options
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G4 LED Bulb                SP-G4-06                           8    13.00  Output Color = Warm White
6-LED SMD Power Cluster Novi
G4 LED Bulb                SP-G4-06                           7    13.00  Output Color = Cool White
6-LED SMD Power Cluster Novi
G4 LED Bulb                SP-G4-06                           1    13.00  Output Color = Red
6-LED SMD Power Cluster Novi
G4 LED Bulb                TW-G4-15                          10    19.95  Output Color = Warm White
15 LED SMD Mini Tower
G4 LED Bulb                TW-G4-15                           1    19.95  Output Color = Cool White
15 LED SMD Mini Tower
G4 LED Bulb                TW-G4-15                           1    19.95  Output Color = Red
15 LED SMD Mini Tower
Bayonet 9-LED SMD Power    BA-1156-1142-09       1    19.00  Base Type/Color = Single Contact,
Matrix Array for Overhead                                             Warm White Dome Lights
Bayonet 9-LED SMD Power    BA-1156-1142-09       2    19.00  Base Type/Color = Double Contact,
Matrix Array for Overhead                                             Warm White Dome Lights
44mm Festoon LED           FS-44-30B                          2    29.95  Output Color = Cool White (for
Navigation light                                                      anchor lights)
Dimpled Barrel End -Aqua Signal Type
Nav & Anchor Lights        TW-1157-SM                     1    34.95  Output Color = Cool White
Double-Contact BAY15d
18-LED Surface Mount Cluster
Nav & Anchor Lights        TW-1157-SM                     1    34.95  Output Color = Warm White
Double-Contact BAY15d
18-LED Surface Mount Cluster

This was one of the longest research we did, and thanks again to Geir for your great advices! Geir had brought to our attention this issue: Non regulated bulbs have a tendency to burn quickly on a boat without a steady supplies of perfect 12 volt. This new install should enable us to save a tremendous amount of energy, and give us some peace of mind for a little while especially while at anchor.

Well for now, enough money spent! It is time to enjoy the summer and have some nice cruises we are ready! I will be on the boat this week-end finishing the Racor install, a little bit of Gel coat and a few odds and ends.

Island project, how far are we?

Today will be number 100. Perfect timing, to reach our deadline of 312 in the year and what better way, than picking a big one in the Caribbean: Cuba, we even have cuban coffee on board now!

The Republic of Cuba is a communist state in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba consists of the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos. Havana is the largest city in Cuba and the country’s capital. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city.
To the north of Cuba lies the United States and the Bahamas, Mexico is to the west, the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south, and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus found and claimed the island now occupied by Cuba, for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained territory of Spain until the Spanish–American War ended in 1898, and gained formal independence from the U.S. in 1902. Between 1953 and 1959 the Cuban Revolution occurred, removing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

Cuba is home to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean. Its people, culture, and customs draw from diverse sources, such as the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism, the introduction of African slaves and its proximity to the United States.

Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate
lower than some developed countries, and an average life expectancy of 77.64. In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the WWF’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007.