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jdhart73
05-01-2011, 09:36 PM
UPDATE: I have drilled out the lights, post with pictures here..... LED IN FACTORY HOUSINGS (http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=40818)

I've taken out my courtesy light is the front and rear and notice they are sealed not allowing for replacement bulbs. Can I just drill through the back and put in prewired red LED bulbs to match my speaker rings etc? Just figure I'd drill them out... Shove some bulbs in and silicone them in.... Anyone does this, how did it work?

Thanks
Jake

Brian B
05-02-2011, 03:22 PM
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agarabaghi
05-02-2011, 03:30 PM
I picked up 2 LED curtosy lights from west marine, they just screw right in. Easy install, and i wired them up to the speaker leds and then to the switch for CTSY

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=101676&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=10109&subdeptNum=10571&classNum=10576

Brian B
05-02-2011, 03:41 PM
There must be someone who sells direct replacements?

jdhart73
05-03-2011, 12:32 AM
I am not a big fan of those West Marine lights, plastic is a different color. Ive drilled out the back of my stock light and will see what it looks like with a few red LED's stuffed in it.

Will update when done!

Jake

frosty
05-03-2011, 02:16 AM
I've taken out my courtesy light is the front and rear and notice they are sealed not allowing for replacement bulbs. Can I just drill through the back and put in prewired red LED bulbs to match my speaker rings etc? Just figure I'd drill them out... Shove some bulbs in and silicone them in.... Anyone does this, how did it work?

Yup, exactly what I did...
I had these ugly Perko lights:
(edit, only 4 pics allowed per post, so click HERE (http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=112377&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=11151&storeNum=10109&subdeptNum=10571&classNum=10573))

The only lights I could find to replace these with, and cover that ungodly large hole and 4 (yes, 4!) screw holes that these were mounted with, is this:

http://www.eddiemarine.com/photos/SD-201.jpg
Bezel Link (http://www.eddiemarine.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=13631&c=106)
Light Link (http://www.eddiemarine.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=13630&c=106)

If I remember correctly, the additional trim bezels barely cover the old perko screw holes.

The description states that the bulb is not replaceable. Hah!
The incandescent bulb is glued in the plastic back of the light, and it was pretty easy to pry it loose with a knife.

I then drilled 4 holes in the back, 2 on top, 2 on bottom, in sort of a square pattern around the oval that the old light was mounted in.
I angled the holes to point inwards towards the center of the oval.

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab341/frosty2469/Boat/IMG_1247.jpg

I then mounted 2 white LED's (on top), and 2 Blue LED's (on the bottom) in the holes, and plugging the hole left by the old incandescent bulb using silicone:

http://www.oznium.com/product_photos/large/3535.jpg
LINK (http://www.oznium.com/prewired-superflux)

I mounted the brighter, white lights on top, facing down, so it wouldn't shine directly into your eyes.

Just about finished (still need to drill *yet another* 2 holes to mount the light):

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/ab341/frosty2469/Boat/IMG_1264.jpg



I then mounted a 3-position switch for my courtesy lights, wired them up, and can either have the blue 'mood' lighting, or, with the other switch position, the whole interior of the boat lights up white for the GTFO lights (or, simply, the "where did my other flip-flop go?" light).
I am really happy with how they turned out, the diffused lens on the cover softens and spreads the light very well (sorry, no night pics!).
Above links are the sources where I bought everything from, very happy with the suppliers.

Brian B
05-08-2011, 01:55 PM
Nice! I'm going to work on mine this month. LED treatments and full Fosgate system!

How do you guys feel about LED cup holders? Any input on which ones are best?

Thanks