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Old 11 March 2013, 11:59   #1
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LED Nav' Lights

Just replaced the existing Nav' light and steaming lamp bulbs with LED Lamps and couldn't be more pleased !

Amazingly bright and dramatic reduction in battery drain - all for under 30.00

Highly recommend this company - great product, amazing service, and knowledgable proprietor !

Marine LED bulbs for all boats
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Ahh! but do they comply with the Colregs?
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Highly recommend this company - great product, amazing service...
Used them myself. +1
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Ahh! but do they comply with the Colregs?
Cool white for clear lens steaming light, and warm white behind green and red lenses for Nav' lights gives no colour distortion, so according to the manufacturer are completely compliant ....

So, fair to assume they probably do, but .... there's invariably some hero who'll enjoy quoting SOLAS, Reg's, Section .... Sub-Section .... blah blah blah who'll probably dispute that :-)

(But that will 'do for me' ! )
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Yes, however, LED's are currently not compliant.
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and the reason is.....( why car manufacturers spend a fortune on design of led lights) that they are incredibly angle specific, on a flat mill pond the LED's are really visible. Rock the boat, "as it were", and the LED's appear to flash, even disappear. They are intrinsically angle specific.....not good for marine use.
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and the reason is.....( why car manufacturers spend a fortune on design of led lights) that they are incredibly angle specific, on a flat mill pond the LED's are really visible. Rock the boat, "as it were", and the LED's appear to flash, even disappear. They are intrinsically angle specific.....not good for marine use.
Well ..... As I said .....
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Well ..... As I said .....
Didn't quote any regulation, simply stated the real reason why, when on the water at night, a flashing/disappearing light is confusing to onlookers. A filament bulb stays constant.
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LED's are designed for the user not the receiver.

The same way that wearing a reflective jacket doesn't make you visible unless a light shines on it.

LED's are ok to see with but, because of their directionality, not much good to be seen by.

Take a lighthouse for example. All the light in the world but not much good unless it's pointing at you. Five degrees off horizontal and it's invisible.

Same for LED's.

As you said Kevin.......
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I think your theory is correct for a simple bulb swap, but a properly designed LED nav light is fine. something like these are pretty good, and in use by some of the major boat manufacturers, but they're not cheap!

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