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Old 24 February 2011, 12:05   #11
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My boat rarely sees outdoors, so not a fair test.


You do a lot of indoor boating, then?




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Old 24 February 2011, 14:23   #12
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One concern I've had re LED nav lights is that there's very little I could do if they fail at sea. At least with the incandescent units, it's simple to cobble together a repair...
Most LED lights on boats have multiple LEDs. If a single LED fails the rest will still serve you well. If they all fail I'd have thought this was most likely a wiring type fault which you either have no chance of fixing at sea or can cobble around, that seems the most likely fault with incandescents except for a bulb failing. There are of course "emergency nav lights" available and I'm sure you could cobble something together to have a backup with a bulb, some coloured plastic and bits of wire etc...
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My only problems with incandescent fittings so far have been corrosion on the copper contacts and blown bulbs, both quickly sorted from the spares/repairs box.

My worry with LED clusters is that some of the torches I've seen fail had the LEDs built into "circuit boards" with common wiring. I accept that the chance of a problem at sea is small, but my OCD would force me to replace the unit later if even one LED failed. Costly, at the rate I've had LEDs go pop. TBH, a nav light failure wouldn't raise a sweat on me as the only things out here in the evenings/nights are the ducks and penguins... and they haven't got PLB2 anyway
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I'll cut my old nav light open once I've got the replacements fitted. It'll be interesting to see what failed, whether it was the diodes or the board they're fixed to. It was suprisingly dim in comparison to the working port lamp, and even though 2 of the 3 LED's had failed it seemed far less than 1/3 bright.

If the Hella response is anything to go by, they did state that the new models were of a much better quality . Perhaps they know that their old versions weren't so great which was why they were quick to offer a no quibble free set.

If my lights failed on passage, I actually wouldn't be that worried. I've yet to cross the shipping lanes or any really busy area at night. Interestingly, although they are rated to 2nm and look pretty bright close up, they are not particularly visible from that kind of distance. I've been watched from shore by my parents, and at dusk the boat was in sight almost before the lights became visible.
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I've been watched from shore by my parents.
Mine used to do that. They let me out all night by meself now...

You could tell yours that Missus Erin will be assuming that responsibility
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Ah, well you see, that's why I now live on a different Island from them. They can't watch me from 35 miles distant now
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I bought LED's for the same reasons you stated above but I can't remember if they're Hellas or something else.

Anyway you've just reminded me that's another job that needs doing, one of mine went pop as well.
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Old 25 February 2011, 04:51   #19
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