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Overhead Light Models

LED overhead lights by Alpenglow

There are different models and sizes of Alpenglow Overhead Lights, but they are all based on one fixture style. It is a hand-crafted, hand- finished rugged frame of solid wood, and a curved, prismatic lens of impact-resistant, non-yellowing acrylic. The lights attach with two #8 bronze screws which pass through the whole frame resulting in a very solid mount. Stainless steel screws can be substituted if you prefer. Access to the interior of the light for bulb replacement in the CFL model is by removing the back panel. The light is operated with heavy-duty rocker switches. The finish is a rubbed-effect varnish, which goes well with either oiled or varnished wood. It also provides a suitable base if you wish to overcoat it with gloss varnish.

The curvature of our molded lenses, combined with the prismatic feature (which refracts light like a prism), provide for much better wide-angle area lighting and better illumination, with fewer shadows. It's so much more beneficial than a flat lens.

We now offer the Overhead Lights in an LED version, as well as the original compact fluorescent (CFL) version for which Alpenglow is so well known. Most of the same options are available for both the LED and Fluorescent versions, but there are some differences to consider. Both are rated at 2700 Kelvin for color (which is the same warm color as a light bulb). There are more details on this in the Selection Guide page on "What About White LED's?" A benefit of quality LEDs is that they can last a very long time, while compact fluorescent bulbs do require occasional replacement. That simple replacement, however, restores the light to "like new" performance. The LED Overhead Light and the 9-watt CFL Overhead Light are basically identical in light output and warm color quality, although the LED version uses slightly less power.

LED Overhead Lights

After extensive testing, R&D, and prototyping, we have developed our new LED Overhead area light which meets our high quality standards. It's much more than a typical, narrow-beamed LED "downlight" in performance! Our LEDs come from a reliable LED manufacturer that ensures the quality control of their supply of warm white LEDs. The Alpenglow LED Overhead Light is presently available in one size (which is the 9-watt size) in both 12-volt and 24-volt versions, with or without the Night Vision option.

Dimensions and Specifications

Dimensions: 10" x 6" x 2"    
Voltage: 10.5 - 15 V.D.C.
Current Consumption:  
High Power .7 amp
Low Power .4 amp
Night Vision (High power) .04 amp
Night Vision (Low power) .005 amp
Nominal Light Output  
High Power 600 lumens
Low Power 300 lumens


Average White LED Life:  50,000 hours (25 to 30 years if used 5 hours a day, every day. Even longer if low power is used regularly.)
Red LED Night Vision:  100,000 hours (LEDs guaranteed as long as you own the light.)
Color:  2700K (the same as a standard light bulb.)

Compact Fluorescent Overhead Lights

With every Alpenglow Compact Fluorescent (CFL) Overhead Light model you have a choice of 7-watt or 9-watt sizes. They all use compact fluorescent bulbs, which we have specially modified to provide instant flicker-free starting and unmatched efficiency. Night vision uses state-of-the-art red LEDs for incredible life and negligible power consumption.

Dimensions and Specifications

  7-watt 9-watt
Dimensions: 8 3/4” x 5 1/2” x 2” 10” x 6” x 2”
Voltage: 10.5 - 14.5 V.D.C. 10.5 - 14.5 V.D.C.
Current Consumption:    
High power .7 amp .85 amp
Low power .3 - .4 amp .4 - .5 amp
Night vision (High Pwr Red) .04 amp .04 amp
Night Vision (Low Pwr Red) .005 amp .005 amp
Nominal Light Output:    
High power 400 lumens 600 lumens
Low power 200 lumens 300 lumens

Average Bulb Life: 2 to 4 years (depending on continuous hours of use and on-off cycles per day)
Red LED Night Vision: 100,000 hours (LEDs guaranteed as long as you own the light)
Color: 2700K (the same as a standard light bulb)

Should I Choose 9-Watt or 7-Watt?

In most cases the 9-watt is the better choice. Not only is it brighter, it is more efficient as well. For about 20% more power, it gives 50% more light. With the dual-power feature, you still have the alternative of a lower output. About the only time we would recommend the 7-watt is for very small areas or where the slightly smaller size is a factor. Another thing to consider is that if you use the same size for all of your lights, you only need to keep one size spare bulb.

Any or all of the following options may be selected for the LED light or either size compact fluorescent (CFL) light:

Alpenglow Overhead Lights all provide Dual-Power. That allows you to choose between bright light or a warm, gentle glow. Low power is usually sufficient for general lighting, and is similar to many standard cabin lights. High is about twice as bright, and is ideal for reading and tasks requiring maximum area light.

Either size can be ordered in a Night-Vision model which, in addition to the white LED or fluorescent, has very bright red LEDs selected by a second switch. This allows the off watch to have a light on without affecting the night vision of others. The Night-Vision option also includes Dual Power. With this combination, you can select red or white, and you have a choice of high or low on each. In most instances, low power is best for night vision. The red and white are completely separate systems with no shared components.

The Night-Vision option for our Overhead Lights uses state-of-the-art Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) for the red light.  We use Superflux LEDs which are bright enough for reading.  Power consumption is an incredibly low 1/25 amp (40 ma) on red.  It would take 10 amps to get the same red light from an incandescent bulb!  With the dual-power feature, you also have a low-level red for minimum night vision impact.

This change from fluorescent red to LED red is a result of our commitment to use the best technology and materials to bring you the hightst quality, most efficient, most reliable cabin lights available.  The white light is provided by the same fluorescent and LED technology that has made Alpenglow the quality leader in marine lights.

Alpenglow overhead lights can also be ordered in a Splash-Proof model. While this model isn’t intended for continuous exposure or submersion, it will withstand frequent dousing, and is ideal for head compartments with hand-held showers and engine room. Splash-Proof lights are equipped with sealed toggle switches.

LED overhead lights wood frame colors

Wood Choices

  • Mahogany (light, medium or dark)
  • Teak (light, medium or dark)
  • Natural or Stained Oak
  • Cherry
Please Note: Wood colors shown at left are approximate representations as computer monitors vary in color and darkness.


CFL Conversion to LED

We will be glad to convert your CFL Overhead Light to LED for you! The conversion from CFL to LED takes entirely different components from one another, new switches, and the wiring configuration is distinctly different as well. We install an entirely new back plate assembly with all new components, switches and wiring, so you'll be getting back a brand new light in your existing frame. We can  convert both 12-Volt and 24-Volt versions, in the 9-Watt size. The cost for the LED conversion (in addition to return shipping) is $59 plus $15 labor = $74 for dual-power (high/low) white; and with the LED Night Vision feature it is an additional $19, at $78 plus $15 labor = $93.

If you can be without your light(s) for a short while and will mail it/them back to us, just let us know ahead of time by email or telephone so that we can get some basic information from you. We'll get your converted and upgraded light(s) back to you in as quick a turn-around time as we can. 

Custom Services

Our Custom Shop can fill certain special needs. If you have a custom interior that you would like to match, we will build lights with your wood at no extra charge. Just send us about 2 square feet of lumber at least 3/4” thick for each light. Individual pieces should be at least 2” wide, and 2 feet long. Other possible options are: different wood (subject to available stock), unvarnished, 24-volt. Write for price quote on these or any other custom services. Please give full details.

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Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.


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