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Old 21 May 2009, 02:57   #11
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Originally Posted by Erin View Post
Biggest problem is that a cheap cluster of LED's which replace a festoon bulb don't emit a 'point source' of light. This means the specific angle (135 deg) that a port or starboard light should be seen though increases slightly. In fact they overlap so that from dead ahead a boat could give confusing light patterns.

I've got dedicated LED nav lamps made by Hella. They are therefore designed to be fitted with LED bulbs and are approved. As it happens you can't change the LED's themselves cos it is a totally sealed unit.
I'd wondered about that, lot of talk on Land Rover forums a while back about tungsten/glass bulbs being replaced by LEDs and it not being compliant with something. New boat is factory fitted with them so I'll let them do the worrying.

New boat is here, very happy!
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Old 21 May 2009, 15:26   #12
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Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
I have Hella 2Nm P&S
Have you had any problems with them Mollers?

I've just had to buy my second replacement starboard light after it filled up with water again. The design of the new one is quite different to that of the old ones.

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