30 Oct Add a Little Light
Our boat had a few “dark corners” – especially two in the galley.
What with moving aboard, cleaning the boat up from her summer in storage and various projects we needed to do before launching her, running wires and adding lights just wasn’t in the picture.
But neither was using a flashlight to peer into a pan as I was cooking.
My answer was to get a couple of battery-operated stick-up LED lights. The ones I got – the Sylvania Dot-Its – have 3 LEDs each and run on 3 AAA batteries. You mount them with stick-on Velcro (included) so that you can take them down to change the batteries. You tap the center of the light to turn it on and off – it took me a few tries to get the feel for where to tap to have the light stay on.
I was limited to a 3” diameter light by the area I had to mount them. If you can go 4 inches in diameter, the Energizer Hardcase LED light that runs off 3 AA batteries puts out somewhat more light but requires mounting with 3 screws.
I’ll admit, the Dot-Its aren’t perfect (my biggest objection is that it can take a couple of taps to get the light to stay on) but they do put out enough light to make a major difference in seeing something versus not seeing.I’m using the alkaline batteries that came with the lights and it’s been almost a month with no decrease in light outpput; when I replace them I’ll use lithium batteries and was told that a set could last four to six months or more, depending on usage.
Best of all, they were installed and working in about two minutes – and that includes removing them from the package and deciding where to put them. Be sure to open up the back and remove the tab covering one of the battery terminals – they won’t work until you do.
The Dot-Its come in both silver and black – if you’re putting several in one area, be sure to check the color (I didn’t realize this and got one of each as they were stocked together). They’re a “bright white” light, not a warm white.
I got my lights at Home Depot for just over $5 each. They and the Energizer lights (which cost about double) are also available on Amazon, along with several other styles of battery-powered stick up lights. Ideal if you need a quick solution for a dark corner!
See them all on Amazon: