Converting to LED


LED has become the lighting solution of choice for newbuild vessels and yachts. Because of LED’s benefits and the increasing scarcity of incandescent and halogen lamps, owners of vessels that are already in service consider converting their conventional lighting installation to LED.

Converting a conventional lighting installation to a LED installation can be challenging. Improper engineering or the use of inadequate products may cause unexpected problems and damage the installation.

RH Marine is experienced in converting existing lighting installations to LED and is able to advise and assist yacht and ship owners in the conversion process.

Efficient & Flexible


LED lighting life expectancy is much longer and uses less power than conventional lighting. This also reduces the required power of the existing electrical installation. LED lamps are available in many shapes, sizes and (multi) lighting colors, allowing completely new light experiences onboard. 

Fixtures don't get hot since LED doesn't produce heat or infrared light. The power saving properties and absence of mercury makes LED an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional lighting. 

LED can be challenging


ALthough LED is a excellent alternative to conventional lighting, converting to LED can be challenging. Points to take into consideration when converting your installation to LED are:

  • The initial investment of LED is higher than a conventional installation
  • Overheating LEDs can dramatically decrease their lifetime
  • High inrush peak currents may cause breakers to trip
  • Conventional drivers are not suitable for LEDs and may cause incorrect (dimming) behaviour of the lamps
  • The electronics in LEDs and their drivers produce harmonics and are sensitive to external disturbances, causing erratic behaviour

Conversion process


The four biggest issues with LED are dimming, heat, EMC and inrush current. Therefore, the right steps in the process need to be taken to ensure the correct functioning of the installation. During pre-engineering the correct working of the combination of LEDs, fittings, drivers and dimmers needs to be verified since conventional fixtures may not be suited for the LED installation.

Cable circuits need to be reengineered or replaced to ensure the LEDs and their drivers don’t get disturbed by harmonics. To ensure proper functioning of the installation, the equipment needs to be tested on disturbances and performance before it is installed onboard.

Learn by example


  • Problem: Hums, buzzes, flickering, sustained glowing when off, not working at all or a short range of dimming.
    Cause: The existing dimmers or the programmable lighting system like LUTRON/KNX were not suited for LEDS, or even the LEDs themselves, which were provided by third parties and appeared to be not dimmable at all.

 

  • Problem: The LEDs fails after a short time.
    Cause: The LED overheats.

 

  • Problem: EMC problems occur, with other equipment e.g. internet/Wi-Fi disturbance, LED lights flicker because of (for example) electronically controlled blinds.
    Cause: Cables are not properly terminated, or screened.

 

  • Problem: Changed experience of brightness in the room or area.
    Cause: The brightness of halogen and LED is simply not the same.
    Solution: A different number of fixtures (either more or less) may be needed.

 

  • Problem: Switching the LED on causing the circuit breaker to trip.
    Cause: The inrush current of the LED driver and/or LED (lasting for a few milliseconds only) was very high. Our research showed that the inrush current can be from 9 times up to 120 times the rated current, depending the manufacturer of the LED driver and/or LED.

Make your vessel future proof


Converting the conventional lighting installation will often impact the existing installation on board, where ceilings will have to be lifted or fixtures/bodyworks can be replaced. RH Marine is experienced with the standards in the yacht building industry and ensures minimal work on ceilings and fixtures.

RH Marine prevents LED related problems by evaluating the electrical installation and redesigning where necessary, proper pre-engineering and pre-testing of selected components before changes on board are implemented.

RH Marine is your partner of choice in LED conversion considering all aspects mentioned, with full satisfaction afterwards.

Contact us


For more information about converting to LED lighting:

Ronald Docters van Leeuwen

Ronald Docters van Leeuwen

Sales Manager Global Refits & Service

+316 270 882 45

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