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- How much is shipping?
Shipping prices vary on how many item you buy and how heavy they
are. Typically for 2-3 lights and some bulbs shipping would run about
- When will I receive my product?
We ship all our products UPS Ground. Generally you should receive
your products within 7-10 days of placing your order. If you need your
order sent overnight you can contact us for custom pricing on that shipping.
- Do you have a printed
Yes, you may email us your name and address and we will be more than glad to send you a copy of our catalog.
- Can I return an item?
Yes, you can return any unused item in good condition within 30 days of
purchase. We do charge a 15% restocking fee for returns however. Before returning an item you will need to
call us first to receive an RMA number that you will mark on the outside of
the box being returned. No items will be accepted without an RMA
- How do I pay for an order?
If you chose to place your order online, you will have the option to use your VISA, MC, AMEX or Paypal as a method of payment. You may also place your order over the phone.
- Is it safe to fill out my
personal information on your website?
You personal information including your credit card number is totally
secure using the latest 128 bit encryption and firewall technology. We
do not sell our customers personal data to anyone, and your credit card
number is never seem by us, rather is it directly sent to the credit card
- Are the lights water-resistant?
Water Resistant fixtures will be either marked as 'Water-Resistant'
or will have an IP Rating of 55 or 65. Fixtures with an IP
Rating of less then 55 are not water resistant and should not be used
in exterior locations or in wet areas.
- Do the lights include the bulb?
Most light fixtures do not include the bulbs, unless
clearly marked 'Includes Bulb'.
- How do I know what bulb to buy?
All lights are marked with the
bulb type they require, in some cases you have an option for 2 or more
types. If a light is marked as using a 'G4 Halogen' bulb, you
will then look under Bulbs > Halogen and select the one you want.
I'm not sure what type of lights to use (halogen,
LED, incandescent or fluorescent). Why should I use one type over
For task, accent, and art lighting, halogens are a good choice due to
their excellent CRI (color rendering index) value. For general lighting,
we recommend halogen or compact fluorescents (neutral color temperature)
with a CRI of 80 or more.
If efficiency is a major concern, LEDs are an excellent choice for task
lighting, courtesy lighting and specialty applications such as livewell
lights and compartment lights.
In engine rooms, fluorescent lamps with a cool-white color temperature
throw a lot of light and are very efficient.
Incandescent lamps have good color rendering, are relatively inexpensive
and readily available. However, they are inefficient and are adversely
affected by voltage fluctuations, so they are not the best choice for
many marine applications.
LEDs are big news. Why don't all fixtures use
Although LEDs are attractive to boat owners for their low
energy use, their output is minuscule compared to other lights. Several
LEDs must be clustered together at different angles to approximate the
light output of one standard incandescent bulb.
The angle of illumination can vary (depending on the application). To
achieve enough light (in foot-candles) to illuminate objects, the LEA
must have a viewing angle of between 15-20 degrees. Therefore,
bulkhead-mounted reading lights or chart lights are well suited for this
type of illumination.
For courtesy lights, LEDs with a wider viewing angle (lower footcandles)
are a good choice. This inverse ratio between viewing angle and
foot-candles limits LEA usage to specific applications.
does bulb wattage vary with each type of light to get the same light
As the chart above illustrates, light output (measured in Lumens/watt)
varies according to bulb type. Therefore, on average, 1 watt of
fluorescent is equivalent to almost 6 watts of incandescent (or 4 watts
LEDs are available in narrow beam, medium beam, and wide beam; the wider
the beam angle, the lower the intensity of light output. Generally it
takes between 7-9 LEDs for adequate reading and task lighting. It can
take 20+ LEDs to equal the light output of a 1OW halogen spot (however,
it is believed that we could see a 2-fold increase in the intensity of
LEDs over the next two years.)
There seem to be many different terms used to describe light
intensity or light output. What are the differences between these terms
and how are they measured?
Luminous Flux is the total amount of lamp light in all
directions and is measured in Lumens.
Luminous Intensity is the concentration of light in a particular
direction and is measured in Candelas.
Illuminance is the density of light on a surface and is measured
in tux units.
Luminance is the concentration of light directed toward the eye
and is measured in Candela/square meter.
How do I calculate the correct spacing between my spot lights?
Spacing should be at least equal to the beam diameter at the
WorkPlane in order to evenly maintain foot-candle level throughout an
area. "WorkPlane" is defined as the height at which an activity
takes place in a particular room. At this height, imagine a plane
cutting across the entire room (see diagram below). The WorkPlane
is the point at which foot-candles are measured.
How do I choose the right dimmer?
First, decide if you need an AC, AC, or low-voltage AC dimmer.
Then decide if you prefer rotary (rheostat) control or momentary
push-button control. Once you have narrowed your choice of dimmer
category, you must match the power (Amp rating) of the dimmer with the
total wattage demand of the circuit. Most dimmers have a 10-20% built-in
overcapacity, so you don't have to overkill on amp size.
A useful formula to remember is:
Finally, there are different features that may be important to you:
multiple-switch capability, memory features, soft-start, nighttime LEA
locator, or compatibility with your favorite decorative face plates
(like Gewiss or Vimar).
How do I dim a circuit that is low-voltage AC (powered by a
There are two ways to do this. You may dim from the output
side of the transformer using a low-voltage AC dimmer, or you may use a
standard AC dimmer on the supply side of the transformer. If you decide
to use a standard AC dimmer, be sure it is rated for "Inductive" loads.
If you prefer to use a low-voltage AC dimmer, the transformer must be
compatible (many compact electronic transformers will not work with
low-voltage AC dimmers due to their high output frequency).
Am I limited to the type of fixtures I can use if my low-voltage is
powered by transformers?
Many larger vessels use transformers to take their 120VAC or
220VAC down to low voltage 12VAC or 24VAC. This allows the use of
smaller fixtures which use miniature low voltage bulbs. All our low
voltage incandescent, halogen, Xenon bulbs and LEDs will work with low
voltage AC or AC. However, our AC fluorescent fixtures will only work
with straight AC current.
What accessories can I use to extend bulb life?
We offer two items, a voltage stabilizer and a bulb saver,
which can help extend the life of your bulbs. The Cantalupi Voltage
Stabilizer is available in 12V and 24V versions. It is a sugar
cube-sized module that is wired directly to one or two low voltage
fixtures (capacity 25W). It will stabilize the output voltage (to the
bulb filament) within a range best suited for long bulb life. The IML
Bulb Saver is a physically larger and more powerful unit (15 Amps) that
can handle several fixtures at once. One model will operate between