We need to package our clusters in such a way that we achieve the maximum output possible in a real small package while ensuring maximum life expectancy as well. I'm sure at this point you remember HEAT! How can we pack lots of power in a small cluster and yet not overheat the bulb?
Most interior marine lighting applications use a 10W G4 bulb, which is quite compact, so the fixtures tend to be small as well. The replacement LED flat lay styling cluster bulb must be very small to serve as a retrofit for the original halogen bulb. It also has to produce similar output and color to the original halogen, and still be able to dissipate heat. This ends up being quite a challenge.
There are two ways to pack lots of light in a small package, and each has its pros and cons, but both are acceptable solutions. One is to use many small lower-powered through-hole LEDs flat lay styling clustered together in a small package, and the other is to use just a few high-powered surface mount device (SMD) LEDs arranged on a thermally efficient support for maximum heat dissipation.
The best solution is a compromise between: Output, Heat Management and Shape. To achieve this we tweak those three parameters until we reach our goal. That's why you find so many different combinations of shape, output and support material in LED flat lay styling product offerings.
With a little research you will find that there are just a handful of companies manufacturing and marketing LED clusters with constant-current control that are suitable for marine use and, it is interesting that most of these companies are owned by sailors. What is really sad is that the customer base is unaware of the differences between LED flat lay styling products.
f the provider doesn't specifically indicate that he is selling DC/DC constant-current converter products, then there is a high likelihood he is not. Anyone selling a constant-current LED product will be sure to highlight that fact, and charge accordingly. Remember, you always get what you pay for!
If the "marine" LED flat lay styling products are being sold by an outfit that also sells glow-in-the-dark rubber ducks, tiki lights and camping lanterns, it is likely that he has no interest in the higher-cost high quality marine products. Beware of copycats!
If the product specification is not specific on a voltage range like 8V-30V or similar, it is not a constant-current product. Again buy from someone you trust.
Look for dealers or companies that are owned by mariners. They usually know what they are talking about, they use the product.
We hope this document has provided you with valuable information and that you will enjoy bright, long-lasting and energy-efficient lighting on your boat for years to come.
Synergy Marine is your #1 online store for marine-grade LED flat lay styling replacement bulbs. We only source Marine Grade LEDs that resist voltage fluctuations encountered in the Boating and RV worlds. Our products meet or exceed specifications required by lighting OEMs, boat manufacturers, and other marine professionals. If your are seeking the most efficient, brightest and most technically advanced LED flat lay styling products, look no further.