Onne’s New Goose: Let There Be Lights

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As a photographer, Onne van der Wal understands the value of light, so one thing his recently purchased 1986 Grand Banks 32 would get is new interior lighting.

The old incandescent lights were energy hogs.

The old incandescent lights were energy hogs.

The original Grand Banks lights were contained inside recessed boxes in the overhead lining, but Onne decided it was time for brighter, more modern, energy-efficient LED lighting.

Onne and his wife Tenley selected the Imtra Orlando 85 LED lights because of their sleek, slim design and because Onne liked the spring loaded retainer arms that make installation easier. They also preferred  the wide flood cast of the 85s over a spot light. "It gives a very even, gezellig light," Onne says using a Dutch word that evokes a nice, warm, cozy feeling. "Plus another huge advantage is that they use 10 percent of the power of an incandescent light," he says.

In the video, Onne shows how he went about building and installing the new Imtra lights, a process that involved a lot of milling, drilling, cutting, gluing and varnishing of each of the custom teak and plywood boxes he constructed for every set of lights. To finish the covers, he used Total Boat Halcyon Clear water-based varnish.


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