Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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Re: Dangers of LED navigation lights
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.
All boats that require navigation lights need to have navigation lights that meet the COLREGS definition & specifications of a navigation light. It is the law.
How do you know you have navigation lights that meet the requirements if they have never been tested???
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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