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post #61 of Old 10-24-2013
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Re: Dangers of LED navigation lights

If you're going to do LED you need to get legit lights. Getting a incandescent fixture only to replace the bulb with LED is not the way to go as you still have the problem of loose or dirty connections. Get a solid state LED fixture that is all sealed and can't stop working unless it's actually faulty. There is no reason for not getting LED. And if your going to get a mast light and you operate in near coastal or offshore you need to be smart and invest in a commercial LED unit that is bigger and brighter than the west marine specials. I work on a 300ft supply vessel and I can tell you, the mast light is the first and sometimes the only thing you see on a sailboat at night. You'll pay for them but when there is a chance a 600 ft freighter might not see you because you skimped out on your running lights you'll be glad you bought the nicer ones.

Just my opinion, I don't halfass things that protect my life and whoever is on the boat with me.

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