Monday, August 6, 2012

Product review: Cantalupi; Pacific reading light

Cantalupi; Pacific reading light. Gold plated brass.

After a year and a half on the water the gold plated light over the chart table is not doing as good as I hoped. The clear-coat finish is flaking off and it appears the gold plating is also degrading as there is green corrosion from the the brass showing up in spots. Its a big disappointment as I purchased a real gold plated light and not a "gold color" plated light as many are advertized.
A good gold plating is nice as its very easy to give it a light polish and keep clean and  shiny.  Gold does not corrode like brass or bronze.
In my opinion this light is not worth the additional expense they charge for the gold plated version and the gold plating does not hold up well in the marine environment. I won't be buying another.

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