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running light switch

Some time ago I stumbled across a switch for running lights. It was a rotary switch that changed the lighting from masthead to deck to power configuration. I just put a masthead/anchor light and now need to wire it. I have deck lights and a steaming light. Does that ring a bell for anybody?
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IMHO, you're better off with individual switches for the bicolor, stern, steaming, tricolor and anchor lights.

The reasons for this are: First, the switches aren't a single point of failure for all your running lights, which it is in the rotary switch setup; Second, having them on individual switches means that you can use your anchor light in place of a steaming light and stern light on many smaller boats, giving you greater visibility when motoring offshore or in heavy weather—or in the case of a bulb burning out.
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