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Old 12-04-2021, 08:08 AM   #1
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42 Classic Main Saloon lights

I suspect other size Grand Banks have the same lighting systems, at least in the same age categories, but I am in need of some bulbs for the lighting I will describe as port side just aft of that cabin door. As we know some owners have a bench seat there, we have a counter with storage underneath and our freezer.

Whatís underneath probably has no influence on the lighting however. The lights in the area Iím describing here are a few inches shorter than those over the table, meaning basically midship. Those have the bulbs in them, they work, and I inherited a few spares that also show a GE model number. The ones over the counter however have to be smaller because of the recess size and ballast length, and there are no burned out bulbs in there for me to try to source. It makes me think the prior owner never did so, however I would like to. The ballast they go into is also different. Iíve posted a picture of both below. On the left is the one over the table and works. The pic on the right is the one I need to find bulbs for.

If anyone can point me towards where to buy the smaller type bulbs I will be very appreciative.
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Old 12-05-2021, 09:26 AM   #2
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Probably easier to replace the entire fixture with a new LED. I had some "shorter fixtures in the ER and could not find bulbs (tubes) that worked.
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Old 12-06-2021, 02:43 PM   #3
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I would vote for LEDs also. Are working with 12vdc or 120 ac. I found on line double contact bayonet mount fittings and replaced some small tubes lights with two 3 watt leds in four fixtures in my engine room good results were better lighting and less power draw off the batteries. No ballasts required.
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Old 12-06-2021, 03:40 PM   #4
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These guys might have something

If you strike out but want to keep the same fixture you could convert it to LED. I've done this before by gutting the legacy sockets and mounts and replacing with LED stripe lights. In your fixture I'd probably go for two stripes of light. I like SuperBrightLEDS because they usually have good descriptions regarding lumens per foot, color temperature and amp draw. They have light strips you can cut to size and join together with connectors.

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