Keep the separation between LED lights and VHF antennas, ie a masthead tricolor and an antenna.Just be aware some LED lighting interfere's with VHF radios...
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A trick to increase the light "field" or dispersion that I have seen done with oil lamps is to mount a piece of mirror behind them.Also, give some thought to "direct" or "indirect" lighting. For example, all of my cabin light fixtures were Perko metal cones that projected a spot of light on a single location. The cabin was dark, even with ALL of the lights on. I replaced them with brass sconce-type fixtures with translucent shades that have an opening at the top. My overhead is white. This means that light is reflected off of the white overhead and broadcast through the shade, illuminating most of the cabin instead of an 8 inch circle somewhere.
I used these:
They're a little chintzy but the brass has held up with no corrosion. There are more contemporary versions, if you prefer.
'Indirect' being the key...also the colour/texture of what surface you are bouncing the light off. Generally speaking, dimming an LED light doesn't change its colour temperature, it limits the amount of the same colour temp light. In terms of 'colour' (not colour temp), the sky is the limit in terms of what shade a manufacturer wants to put in front of the light, or the combinations of red/green/blue that can be programmed in a multi-chip LED fixture.For general "mood" lighting (such as when watching TV, quiet reading, etc) I use warm white LED strips above the cabin handholds. On our boat this results in a very nice indirect warm light that is plenty sufficient for conversation, moving around, etc. With a dimmer, they can be lowered as a very nice night light. These are available in a variety of colors, and the warm does match tungsten well.
I was thinking about that very thing just the other day - seems like a great idea for a stripped out race boat that needs a complete new electrical system. I think I'll investigate it at a good local LED shop I know.Lately, the selection of AA battery-powered LED options has exploded, included many controlled by smartphone or remote/keyfob. Lets you add lighting after the fact without running wire, and is a useful approach to task or courtesy lighting. Probably want to pull the batteries if parking the boat, tho.