Is it time to call the Dr. … LED?

I think at this point, it has already been proven time and time again that LEDs are the best technology to light a boat. They have low amp draw and a very long life. When the dome light bulb in our head burned out, we thought maybe it was the time to try one.

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There was only one LED option at West Marine, and it was not cheap. The Dr. LED replacement bulb was freaking $35! If we hadn’t had a gift card, I would have never spent the money on it, especially since a two-pack of halogen bulbs was less than $5.

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Why are these things priced so high? The diodes themselves are pennies when you buy them alone. Does soldering them onto a bulb base really add so much cost?

We have six dome lights and four reading lights. If you do the quick math, it would be a whopping $350 to swap all of our lights using the West Marine Dr. LED solution. That’s not going to happen.

However, I can’t deny that the Dr. LED bulb worked very well.

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All of the diodes lit up, which is not always the case with Chinese LED bulbs, and it did light the head well.

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I decided to do some searching, and I did find a company out of New Jersey called HQRP with an eBay store selling almost identical LED bulbs for only $9.95 or a four-pack for $35.95. That still doesn’t seem as cheap as these bulbs should be, but I’ve got one on order to see how it will compare.

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