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  • 16 ottobre 2019 11:31:54 CEST
    For general onboard lighting, in areas such as cabins and cockpits, it's important to note that existing controls such as dimmers may not be compatible with your new LEDs. Many boaters prefer to be able to precisely control the amount of light in an area, particularly cockpits and wheelhouses where its important to preserve your eyes' natural acclimation to darkness. A basic LED replacement lamp will likely not work with traditional dimmer switches, so if you desire to use one, you must purchase LED lamps designed for dimming. LEDs require a precise voltage to operate properly and contain electronics which monitor and adjust the incoming voltage to maintain it at the correct levels. Dimmer switches interfere with the operation of these electronics in LEDs not designed for dimming, causing flickering, erratic operation, and shortened LED life. LEDs designed for dimmable operation are "programmed" to allow for the changes in voltages a dimmer creates, allowing the LED to produce steady light output as the voltage is reduced. In short, you cannot simply connect any LED bulb or lamp to a dimmer switch and must use LEDs specifically designed for use with dimmers.

    Another concern for boaters considering an LED upgrade is compatibility with existing wiring and voltages. The main issue here is whether your boat runs 12 VDC, 24 VDC, or 120 AC. For vessels running 12 or 24 volt DC power the options available are very wide. LED lamps run natively with DC current, meaning they can generally be connected to DC electrical systems without any need for special transformers or power inverters. As long as they are rated to operate within a range of voltages including 12 and 24 volt DC, boaters can wire them directly into the existing harnesses without any special considerations. This is not to say that you can just wire any simple LED into your system and expect it to work properly however. As we mentioned earlier, LEDs require precise and steady voltages to operate, and variations in voltage can have a severe and adverse effect on the LED including low output or greatly reduced operating life. Too high a voltage at the LED can cause it to burn out prematurely, while too low a voltage can cause dim output, erratic operation and flickering.

    This post was edited by mäklarhuset älvsjö neonrör at 16 ottobre 2019 11:34:40 CEST