Originally Posted by High Wire
I have fixtures throughout the boat that take 1156 single contact bayonett bulbs. I bought a bunch of cheap LED replacements that were not as bright as the original incandescent. Then I bought a set of these for $16.
Wow what a difference!!! Easily twice as bright as the incandescent bulbs. Maybe 3X the cheap LEDs. No need to replace the fixtures.
It took me a few tries before I settled on a bulb I liked from Amazon, too. The first few attempts were too dim, too harsh, the wrong color tone, etc.
CAUTION: I found some that were bright enough, and the right color, but one of them overheated. Filled the whole cabin with the acrid smell of burnt components and left a burn mark on the (thankfully) metal reflector inside the fixture. I'm sure the boat would have burned to the waterline if I hadn't been there to turn it off. Checking around, I found two others from the same batch with burnt spots on them.
Not surprisingly, they were no longer available. The seller replaced them with a different model that was OK, but not quite as bright. I tried another batch. This time I'm pretty happy with them. But I have a box full of "tried and replaced" LED bulbs.
Moral of the story: don't expect the first batch of LED bulbs you buy to be your last. Better yet, buy one or two of each of a few different types before you invest in more. And never, never leave them on unattended until you're sure of the quality.