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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Depending on who you ask and who you believe, LEDs may lose half their brightness after 10,000 hours of use. Or 5,000 or 50,000, depending on who you ask.
Well if i take the 5,000 hour estimate, I guess my Aqua Signal deck mounted nav lights will last only about 24 years, based on my use.
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Thanks for the input. I have catalina 22 and the only purpose of the light is so I can anchor and not have to pay dockage fees.
As for the light setup. I think I like the suggestion by Mainesail with the Polarstar bulb and Aquasignal 40. The reason is, if the bulb burns out, I can easily change it. I am not sure about the OMG light. If it has a changeable bulb or not, I can't really tell.

If I go with the aforementioned setup, what size amp hour battery will I need to get? And what type/size (watts/amps/volts) of solar charger will I need to keep the battery up? Correct me if I am wrong, but with the apparent 1 watt rating of the bulb the draw on the battery is minisucle and can easily stay on all the time as long as I get a decent battery/charger.
College math apparently did me little good!
Again thanks for the input.

Link to photodiode switch that I was considering. But it is probably unneccesary with the right battery/charger.
AQUALARM :: 20392 Automatic Anchor Light Switch $69.00
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