Please list the lights I must include on my "running lights circuit"
1 - a recommendation
I highly recommend you take a course or two. Me, because they have worked for me, I recommend your local USPS
(in the USA) or CPS-ECP
(in Canada). Both are really just big "safe boating" clubs. Lots of social events if you want to participate, but the good thing for us is that they offer courses during our non-sailing season. Linda and I have taken lots and lots of them and have learned an immense amount. There are also lots of other good organizations that offer courses.
2 - an answer
There are standard navigation
or "running lights
" used on different sized boats. Often it will be a red (bow port side) green (bow starboard side) and a white on the stern. This would be on a typical power or sail boat running at night. (All on one circuit on my boat called Nav Lights
In addition, if you are on a sail boat and are motoring - then about half way up the mast will be the steaming light. It indicates you are a sailboat under power. (On a separate circuit on my boat called Steaming Light
Your steaming light has a second light for illuminating the deck when you are working on her - called a deck light (some times there are one or two deck lights out on the spreaders - still deck lights (or spreader lights) (They are on a separate circuit on my boat labeled Deck light
A masthead or anchor light will probably be on your boat as well, depending upon the size. Not
to be on while moving, but should be on when anchored if you are not in a safe, designated anchoring area.
I am sure I have over simplified it - but it is a start.
Check the links - they will help fill in what I have omitted (either on purpose or by accident)
You are embarking on one of the most enjoyable adventures that I know of - "Messing around with boats