The price has since then dropped quite
dramatically in real terms and
the choice and availability has increased.
For anyone who does much night sailing it is worth considering the
extra expense for the savings on power consumption.
And it is certainly worth considering buying a LED anchor light.
Just in case you lose electric power, a light
fails, your mast falls down or whatever because shit does happen have a set of
battery operated LED navigation lights aboard.
For any boat that is used at night even if it is only occasionally
power becomes a necessity.
just running a
few cabin lights plus an anchor light can seriously deplete the
reserves in your boat’s batteries.
although LED boat light fittings are more expensive the cost is more
than off set by the savings in battery power and they will out last
conventional filament bulbs.
As well as being about 8 to 10
times more efficient, they are also more resistant to vibration and
impact than incandescent lamps.
Other power saving features such
as day light sensing and automatic shut off can be built into them,
handy for anchor lights as well as led nav lights .
initial problem of producing leds with a light color similar to that
produced by filament bulbs has been more or less solved.
So, now led lights for interior light fixtures can be purchased in warm
white and cool white.
While the cool white is brighter and good for outside boat lighting, a
warmer white is much more pleasant for interiors.
Conversion to Led Nav Lights
your boat lights might not be considered, it is now possible to replace
just the bulbs.
bulbs now becoming available for many different types of socket, so you
can easily replace almost all your boat’s filament bulbs.
However you might want to consider replacing the masthead lights if you
have a sailboat.
masthead LED will be much less likely to fail than a filament bulb so
reducing the frequency of having to climb up there to replace bulbs.
they can be wired and fused in the same way as
fittings led nav lights are polarity sensitive, which could
in the whole light, rather than just the bulb blowing should water get
LEDs are like a normal diode in that they conduct power in
one direction so will light up only when the power is of the
correct polarity and can be damaged if connected the wrong way.
LED bulbs for use with conventional navigation light fitting must be of
the proper emitted light frequency.
white light LEDs emit a narrow spectrum of light made up of relatively
few colors, which will be absorbed at differing rates by
Using the wrong type could result in making the light less visible and
possibly altering the appearance of the color.
As with any electrical
equipment, led lights must be protected against the
corrosive nature of the marine environment.
Beware of some cheaper led nav lights as they may not conform to the
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