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Old 09-23-2013
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Re: Dangers of LED navigation lights

Alan-
"All manufacturers of LED running lights must have them tested to these standards, the same standards for ANY TYPE of bulb."
That's simply not true as written. I think you meant to say:
"All manufacturers of LED running lights sold for boat builders to use must have them tested to these standards, the same standards for ANY TYPE of bulb navigation light."

Folks who just sell to the public are not constrained by any requirement to conform to USCG certification. If I use a bass boat in some swamp lake inland, I'm not required to use conformal lighting at all, so there is a legitimate market for non-conformal lights. Or simply for cheaper lights, as getting certification is an expense. And of course, "bulbs" are never certified, it is the entire navigation light, bulb plus fixture, that are submitted and tested as one unit, and certified as one unit.
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