In addition to the halogen fixtures, Sea Gem also has several fluorescent fixtures that use 12" fluorescent tubes. These are fairly bright, but they of course give off that irritating, flickering, unnaturally-white light, and they are nowhere near as energy efficient as an LED. The fluorescent fixture that we use the most is in our head (bathroom), and so that is the fixture that we planned to upgrade to LEDs first.
Because our head was underlit, I figured that we would not only convert the fluorescent tube to an LED tube, but we would also replace the single-tube fixture to a double-tube fixture. Based on our experience with the halogen-to-LED swap, I figured we'd lose some brightness with the LED tube, and switching to two tubes would compensate for that and also, hopefully, brighten up the head a bit.
And so we removed the existing fixture (which, it turns out, is date-stamped April 1986 on the back and was thus original equipment with the boat) and installed a spare, two-tube fluorescent fixture we had lying around.
|Blinded by the Light|