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Re: LED Navigation lights
Interesting thread. I've been thinking (and semi-shopping) for new nav lights ever since I saw the Hella Pro series on a boat we chartered. We currently have fixtures similar to Aqua Signal Series 40, which I've retrofitted with Dr.Led replacement bulbs - not for amperage but simply longevity - the long vertical filament bulbs were failing due to vibration even when rarely ever used (one lasted under 3 seconds - at $15+ a pop (literally)). I'm aware that the relative thickness of the LED array creates some overlap of of the red/green bow lights, which I'm not thrilled about in principle, legal issues aside. I seldom navigate after dark, and figure that a working light, albeit slightly non-conforming, is better than a failed one (and I do carry spare, but still).
I had considered a tricolour, along the thinking that "higher is better", but now see the logic in keeping the deck lights (thanks to all the experienced posters).
This discussion has me wondering about putting an all-round-red at the masthead, probably stacked sandwiched with the all-round white anchor light, and a pair of 180-degree green on each side of the mast about 1m down. At that height shadowing from the sails would be minimal if at all, and the mechanical aspects would be easier and more robust than adding a post above (and interfering with the VHF antenna).
... or am I just looking for an excuse to use that spare 3-conductor cable that runs up the mast?
Now if only Lopolight fixtures weren't as expensive as they are beautiful.
1998 Jeanneau SO45.2