Bilge Light switch LED indicator out

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Ericinmich, Sep 27, 2022.

  1. Ericinmich

    Ericinmich Member

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    Dec 12, 2021
    48 Sundancer, 2007... formally PapaG's
    Cummins
    I got "burned" one night at anchor when bilge lights were on overnight, CO monitor went off at 4am due to low battery (a rude way to wake up... beeping due to low voltage just like home smoke alarm low bat). Turns out my wife (OK, may have been me) hit the switch accidently and without the LED on I didn't notice.

    The switch easy to bump as you go down the steps to the cabin, so need to get it fixed. What is the best option

    1. Replace switch, figure out p/n and order from ??

    2. Take apart switch and fix, maybe soldier in new LED?

    3. Leave it and blame wife if it happens again. It likely won't happen again, last step when on the hook and on batteries is to see current draw, the bank of bilge lights draw a bunch (10A?).
     
  2. Sgrochow

    Sgrochow Active Member GOLD Sponsor

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    If your bilge lights are incandescent, consider replacing them with LED bulbs. Much less power draw and heat. If they are LED now, disregard!
     
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  3. Ericinmich

    Ericinmich Member

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    Dec 12, 2021
    48 Sundancer, 2007... formally PapaG's
    Cummins
    That is something I probably will do, and yes the draw will go down a bunch (4x less? can't recall).

    But I do want that switch to indicate lights on just in case!
     
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  4. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

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  6. Ericinmich

    Ericinmich Member

    37
    Dec 12, 2021
    48 Sundancer, 2007... formally PapaG's
    Cummins
    Thanks, and that answered the question that I can just change the LED (not have to replace switch).
     
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  7. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Yes - the indicator light pulls out, cut and splice the new one in (two wires), press it back in.
     
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  8. ocgrant

    ocgrant Official Bahamas Boating Ambassador GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
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    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 430DL
    Yamaha EX-R
    PADI Divemaster
    Raymarine Electronics
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Thanks for that info, mine has been out for months and needed to add that to the list to figure out. Part on order.
     
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  9. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Easy 5 minute fix!
     
  10. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    2006 Sea Ray 48
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    Cummins QSC-540s with V-Drives
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    Those bilge lights (original incandescents) pull like 10 amps!
     
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  11. Ericinmich

    Ericinmich Member

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    Dec 12, 2021
    48 Sundancer, 2007... formally PapaG's
    Cummins
    Yup, and it doesn't matter much unless you leave them on all night! Once I got genny running I started hitting breakers wondering where the over 10A were going. The refer was only a couple...
     
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  12. ocgrant

    ocgrant Official Bahamas Boating Ambassador GOLD Sponsor

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    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 430DL
    Yamaha EX-R
    PADI Divemaster
    Raymarine Electronics
    Cummins QSC 540's
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  13. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Cummins QSC-540s with V-Drives
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  14. ocgrant

    ocgrant Official Bahamas Boating Ambassador GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 31, 2006
    Miami / Ft Lauderdale
    H2O Therapy
    2006 Sundancer 48
    Novurania 430DL
    Yamaha EX-R
    PADI Divemaster
    Raymarine Electronics
    Cummins QSC 540's
    Yep
     
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