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10-29-2010 12:39 PM
sailingdog While the Bebi lights are great, they're not USCG certified, and I'd highly recommend having a USCG certified anchor light.
10-29-2010 12:04 PM
noelex77
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Originally Posted by oceanscapt View Post
I've not been happy with AquaSignal's water resistance so when my anchor light went out again I decided to try something different.

I installed an LED assembly in a clear plastic container. I ran two wires out the bottom to connect to 12VDC and a lanyard at the top so I could hang it from the shroud or jib sheet. It's more at eye level than the top of the mast, and I hope easier to see. Current draw went way down so if I have another senior moment and leave the anchor light on until noon, the loss isn't excessive. Since the light is easily reached I can maintain it should something go wrong.

I've thought about adding on of those photo sensors that would turn the light off at dawn but at about 0.1A current draw, but decided the cost didn't justify the power loss.

I recently fabricated a second one for the cockpit lighting. I hang it off the bimini frame and plug it into 12VDC in the cockpit. Works well there too.
Have a look at the Bebi lights. They are waterproof, so you dont need the plastic container and they have the option of a photo cell
LED Anchor Light-Waterproof & Rugged for Marine RV and Offgrid Use
10-29-2010 11:52 AM
oceanscapt I've not been happy with AquaSignal's water resistance so when my anchor light went out again I decided to try something different.

I installed an LED assembly in a clear plastic container. I ran two wires out the bottom to connect to 12VDC and a lanyard at the top so I could hang it from the shroud or jib sheet. It's more at eye level than the top of the mast, and I hope easier to see. Current draw went way down so if I have another senior moment and leave the anchor light on until noon, the loss isn't excessive. Since the light is easily reached I can maintain it should something go wrong.

I've thought about adding on of those photo sensors that would turn the light off at dawn but at about 0.1A current draw, but decided the cost didn't justify the power loss.

I recently fabricated a second one for the cockpit lighting. I hang it off the bimini frame and plug it into 12VDC in the cockpit. Works well there too.
10-29-2010 04:41 AM
LinekinBayCD Got this light a few seasons back from Sailors Solutions as part of a gradual conversion to as many LED's as possible. In addition to the low current draw when it is on, it turns itself off at dawn with a photo cell.


LED lighting, soundproof, Sailor's Solutions Inc.
10-28-2010 04:34 PM
CaptainForce I switched to an LED with one simple trip up the mast using a bulb that matched my dual bayonet style incandescent and my LED uses one tenth the amperage of the former bulb. Be mindful to check the function of the LED when you insert it. Since the "D" in LED stands for diode, you would be aware that the current can only flow in one direction; therfore, you may need to remove the bulb and insert it at 180 degrees for it to function. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
10-28-2010 12:53 PM
hellosailor "The incandescent lights, including the spreader lights, were undamaged. "
LEDs are solid state devices and as such way easier to blow out. And from what little I can confirm, many of the LED "replacement" bulbs on the market have no surge protection, which is critical for a long life expectancy.

But even an incandescent bulb will blow out after running at 20VDC for a short while, and lightning can go way beyond that. It could be the LEDs were more susceptible to damage, or the stroke took a different path. Either way there's no question that good LEDs are way pricey--and, use much less power.

As Maine says...Only his LEDs were hit? Not all the electronics on the boat?
10-28-2010 11:40 AM
Maine Sail
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Originally Posted by seb5thman View Post
Just read a post in Sail Magazine 'To the Editor' from a guy who changed out most his boat to LED. He took a lightning strike and lost every LED on board. The incandescent lights, including the spreader lights, were undamaged. He is questioning his decision to change to LED.
I bought a hurricane lantern at REI for $36 that holds three 9-hour candles. While at anchor I light one of the candles and hoist it to provide the required 360 degree illumination. It provides plenty of light, is easily seen, does not blow out, and I save the battery. Replacement candles come in a 3-pack for $2.
And I took a strike this summer too and also lost LED's, BUT, I also lost radar, gps, AIS, incandescent bulbs, depth, wind, speed, Epirb, stereo, solar regulator, ACR, VHF, TV, propane detection, battery monitors, ameter, volt meter, tach, fuel gauge, oil pressure, compass light, autopilot and on and on and on.

Incandescent bulbs CAN also fry but the bottom line is that I have insurance and everything was replaced including the LED bulbs.

Using that reasoning don't buy anything electronic. Heck I even had stuff not plugged in that got zapped!
10-28-2010 11:36 AM
Yorksailor I replaced my old unit with an Orca Green anchor/tricolor/strobe. It has a photo diode so you do not have to remember to turn it off. On two different boats it has worked perfectly for 5 yrs and while it cost $300 it is well worth it to not have to go up and change bulbs.
10-28-2010 09:27 AM
seb5thman Just read a post in Sail Magazine 'To the Editor' from a guy who changed out most his boat to LED. He took a lightning strike and lost every LED on board. The incandescent lights, including the spreader lights, were undamaged. He is questioning his decision to change to LED.
I bought a hurricane lantern at REI for $36 that holds three 9-hour candles. While at anchor I light one of the candles and hoist it to provide the required 360 degree illumination. It provides plenty of light, is easily seen, does not blow out, and I save the battery. Replacement candles come in a 3-pack for $2.
10-28-2010 08:38 AM
donradclife marinebeam.com has a wide range of replacement bulbs for almost any socket. I used their bulb in an aquasignal fixture. The old incandenscent bulb was only 5 watts, but could still be seen from 2 miles. The new led is much brighter, and only draws about 1.5 watts or 0.12 amps.
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