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I'll be placing my battery leaching incandescent anchor light with a power sipping LED this year. Most vendors offer warm white and cool white. Which more closely follows the COLREGS? Also, the ones I've looked at have 30 LEDs but range in output from 120 to 200 lumens with a corresponding wattage. I will assume that brighter us better.


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Re: LED color

You need to insure that they meet coast guard regs for distance visible, etc. I would think cool white would be best.


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I'll be placing my battery leaching incandescent anchor light with a power sipping LED this year. Most vendors offer warm white and cool white. Which more closely follows the COLREGS? Also, the ones I've looked at have 30 LEDs but range in output from 120 to 200 lumens with a corresponding wattage. I will assume that brighter us better.


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I don't believe I've ever seen an LED nav or anchor light offered in both 'cool' and 'warm' white, that choice only seems to apply to interior or deck lighting...

In any event, go with the 'cool', it certainly appears brighter to my eye... I have a Bebi anchor light with the 'warmer' cockpit illumination on the bottom, and that light at a distance seems to be a bit 'softer', as well...

Certainly, 'brighter' is better... Personally, I'm not as concerned about CG certification as some seem to be... For example, Bebi never achieved CG certification for their product, and yet their lights always seem to be the brightest in most any anchorage... So, I'll go with the 'brightest', over 'CG-certified', every time... :-)
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Re: LED color

I agree that I've never see an anchor light offered in both. Are you just buying the bulb?

If you can swing the extra small amount of money I'd recommend buying a replacement anchor light with a sealed LED. It will be far more durable, an important thing for the hardest light to service on the boat.
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Re: LED color

I agree; the brighter the better unless it would interfere with night sailing. I'm a big fan of lopolight. I'd like to upgrade to the lopo at some point. USCG approved. Bit, pricey.
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Re: LED color

I recently bought a masthead tricolor-with-anchor light, which came with two different LED bulbs. It said to use the warm light in the tricolor and the cool light for the anchor light. I assume the warm light most closely duplicates an incandescent and therefore the red and green of the tricolor.
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Re: LED color

The cool white color will pierce through the red/green lens changing the colors slightly and that could spell disaster as the lights could "blend" in with other lights while sailing coastal / inland waters. I know there are other reasons too but that is another can of worms.
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Re: LED color

The festoon dimple lights that I am lookkng at are exterior nav lights, identical in costruction but one offers cool white. I stumbled on to a sight that said warm is used for steaming lights and cool is used for anchor lights. I'm easy. Whatever I do will be better that the $3 LED puck light in a Walmart bag that I've been using.
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The festoon dimple lights that I am lookkng at are exterior nav lights, identical in costruction but one offers cool white. I stumbled on to a sight that said warm is used for steaming lights and cool is used for anchor lights. I'm easy. Whatever I do will be better that the $3 LED puck light in a Walmart bag that I've been using.
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Please be VERY careful with "festoon" nav light replacements in existing incandescent fixtures.. I have now had two customers who's LED wafers have vibrated around and were facing backwards!

An incandescent festoon emits light 360 degrees and it does not matter if it turns in the socket.. An LED, not so much.

As was mentioned it is a legal requirement that your navigation lights meet the COLREGS / CFR Annex I standards. The best way to know this is to buy already certified navigation lights. Certified LED nav lights have come WAY down in price...
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Re: LED color

as somebody who has bronze lights on their boat already.. the only problem I have with Colregs certified lights.. they are -very- ugly
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