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Old 19 May 2009, 11:37   #1
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Is there an issue with LED nav ights for marine use? A mate metioned it but didnt go into much detail. I know some car led lights arent allowed as they arent type approved, correct me if I'm wrong please.
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Quite a few (over here) are USCG approved; I'd assume approval would be the same over there.

Perko and Hella seem to the the most popular, but I'm sure there are other vendors as well (seem to recall someone on this list had some Australian ones...)

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Hi

I've got these

http://www.boatshop.com.au/prod142.htm
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I have Hella 2Nm P&S with an Aqua Signal top/masthead. The Hella top/white is a tiddly effort of a thing. Very happy with all three. I thought that they were enough money though.

Have a look at the Perko online catalogue, it only has about 3000 items.
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Is there an issue with LED nav ights for marine use? A mate metioned it but didnt go into much detail. I know some car led lights arent allowed as they arent type approved, correct me if I'm wrong please.
Some are approved, some are not. Whoever you buy them from should make it very clear. Any chandler selling LED Nav lights will need to show that they are suitable.

By the way, they are marvelous! Crisp, clear, bright, sharp, I could go on!!

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Whoops this set even

http://www.boatshop.com.au/prod131.htm
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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.
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In that case, it doesn't use LED bulbs; it has discrete, circuit card-mounted LEDs.

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