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LED Navigation - Replacement bulbs?

I've read a number of the forum entries about LED lights, but I'm still unclear - Can LED replacement bulbs go into a regular incandescent navigation fixture?

I want to buy classic Perko horizontal mount stern and fwd nav lights (the old dome shaped kind) to replace my cracked and glazed fixtures. I'd like to go LED, but I refuse to pay $300 or something ridiculous like that for LED fixtures. What's the difference?
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Yes, many replacement bulbs are designed to do just that. However, most of the replacement bulbs are NOT USCG CERTIFIED for use in any fixtures. This can be a problem should you be involved in a collision.

The Aquasignal Series 32 LED fixtures are pretty reasonably priced as are some of the Hella LED fixtures, and far more reliable than a replacement bulb in an incandescent fixture. LED navigation light fixtures are often going to be far more reliable, since they are often sealed, usually have better heat dissipation, and better voltage regulation than replacement bulbs can.

Be aware that not all LED light fixtures are approved for use on sailboats, and this is mainly due to the vertical angle of coverage, which generally needs to be greater on sailboat light fixtures.

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