|Beautiful weather and a lot of fantastic boats at the Annapolis Boat Show|
In October, Don and I went to the Annapolis Boat show to look, touch, test and ask questions about at all the latest boat gear. We enjoy the historic maritime atmosphere of Annapolis and we also get to see friends who live nearby. One of the items we wanted to look at was LED lighting made by IMTRA. Florian arrived in California with incandescent bulbs throughout, which had a significant impact on our battery levels after only a few hours of reading time with two lights on in the evenings. In the interest of energy savings, and brighter output, we ordered and installed a few single LED bulbs from other manufacturers online with mixed results. We had heard about IMTRA, but hadn't seen their product first hand, so we visited their booth, and knew instantly that we found the new LED's for our boat (at "show special" pricing too).
|The first LED bulb test during the summer - from a different manufacturer than IMTRA|
|After the boat show, a box of IMTRA LED lights and adapters arrive!|
|s/v Florian has screw socket reading lamps and dual contact bayonet down lamps|
|The dual contact bayonet incandescent bulbs (on the left)|
required an adapter (right) before we could replace them with the LED
|The dual color LED bulb on the downlamp over the Navigation desk.|
With the on & off cycle of the Nav desk light switch, we can illuminate the navigation area on Florian with a red or white light. The Dual Color LED uses a smidge over 1.5 watts (vs the 8 watts in the old bulb). Pretty sweet.
|These bad-boys are my favorite bulbs.|
IMTRA makes these awesome Corona bulbs that put out serious lumens in either cool (200 lumens) or warm (181 lumens) light. I've got two cool (brighter) lights over my galley area on Florian, so instead of supplementing my previously dim incandescent bulbs with two or three candles to chop salads & sauté dinner in the evenings, I have what looks like squinty-bright sunlight washed evenly over my stove and sink. I'll take a photo this weekend and add it here so you can see. (Update: see IMTRA lit photos below)
|Before LED's - evening in the galley on Florian with an incandescent bulb and a candle|
Oh, that? It's a Rum & Tonic - a wonderful little drink our friend JH introduced us to. He also supplied the ingredients, and joined us for an inaugural tasting of this concoction: put ice in a couple of glasses, pour a few fingers of Pampero Annivarsario Rum (a richly fragrant, dark rum, distilled from fermented molasses) over the ice, and squeeze a *generous* slice of lime into each glass, dropping the remnants of the rind into each drink. Top with tonic water and enjoy.
|A benefit of bright Corona LED bulbs in the galley; |
Hey, look at the mildew growing around the fixture base. Ew.
|Even in daylight, boat interiors can be a little dim.|
|The starboard salon just after sunset, with Imtra LED bulbs (corona) installed.|
Much brighter than the daytime & incandescent bulb photo above.
|The galley and starboard salon just after sunset, after installing IMTRA LED bulbs|
|Walking in Annapolis, on our way to the sailboat show|