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We won't be totally forced to abandon incandescents...just forced to halogen bulbs and others that are more efficient. Stash away your cheap 60W bulbs now. I went flor. ages ago, but for some lights (like the entrance and the bathroom) tungsten is still the way to go--because flor. lights burn out very quickly when they are only used for a few minutes every time, rather than allowed to burn. (And they suck up something like 1/2 hour's worth of power just to turn on.)
But the USCG does not certify light bulbs for marine use. They certify lamps, as in lamp fixtures as a whole, with a particular bulb in them. There are a very few LED bulbs on the market that have been approved for use as part of a retrofitted lamp fixture--but approved for those fixtures only, not for general use.
Perithead, you're right in thinking they are damned expensive. LEDs that are "prime" quality ARE EXPENSIVE. Require them to be bright, have a wide beam angle (or use many narrow angle LEDs), install protection on the power line so they don't spike out...and yes, they are damned expensive. Sometimes over $5 each for LEDs that have only a 20-degree beam spread, requiring 18 of them to make one "all around" display. That's nearly $100 before any other expenses, or the usual mark-ups.