Recently as our punch list has started to thin a bit I decided that I would address something that has been bugging First Mate for a long time now. Our interior lighting has never been sufficient enough and the galley has been one place that this is glaringly obvious. Remember, keeping the First Mate and cook happy should always be at the top of any list.
In our quest to find really bright LED lighting we first turned to West Marine and we found these brass LED lights. First Mate bought two of them and brought them back to the boat to test. They are nice looking, but not as bright as we wanted. Meantime I had ordered one of these from Amazon so that I could test it. The Amazon light was a Ming’s Mark 9090108 LED Reading Light and although it does not come in brass, it does come with several nice finishes. And considering the fact that the one we settled on was just under $20 as compared to the West Marine lamp that was close to $95, our decision was made. We were going to end up needing about 10 lamps throughout the boat, and at $95 a pop for lamps that were not bright enough, Amazon again proved itself to be our friend.
I also picked up two more 16 foot LED string lights for ambient lighting around the settee and in the vberth. I’m going to install string lights inside the dodger, along with some nice spotlights. More on lighting the dodger when I get to it.