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Old 31 March 2011, 00:51   #1
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LED Navlights, Anyone tried these?

Just looking around for a replacement for the NASA Supernova all round white that has failed after 3 years and about 15 hours of use. I'm going to approach NASA about it as this sort of failure seems common after a very low number of hours but I'm not holding my breath.
I will prob try to fix it using some replacement components from RS but I came across these at seascrew:

http://www.seascrew.com/browse.cfm?N...-&l=0000000785

Anyone tried them yet? I already have some of the Austrailian Pt/Stbd lights which still work perfectly so I am also going to search Ebay.au to see what I can find there too.

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Old 31 March 2011, 03:49   #2
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The yachty lot over on YBW have had a few things to say about Supernova's, one of the potential causes is some types of battery charger spiking the circuit whilst the lights are on?
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Old 31 March 2011, 05:24   #3
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I've read all of that stuff too....Only thing that could cause a spike on mine would be starting the engine as no other charger has been used when the battery is in the boat. They come apart easily enough so I will get the multimeter out and see what's what.

shame as it was really really bright when it was working. Only half of the LEDs work now and they are half the brightness they used to be!
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How funny, im in exactly the same position, my all round white light failed last weekend. Ive been to a couple of shops but can't find an exact replacement, there seems to be a lot of LED type replacements lamps but I would prefer the normal bulb type.
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I'm tempted to go back to normal bulbs if I can't get the Nova working again. The Leds are nice when I go camping and leave the white on all night. No worries about flat batteries.

Other option is a normal navlight but with an Led bulb in it so I can replace it when I need to.

Not wanting to have more holes appearing in my Aframe every couple of years as the lamps crap out and get replaced!
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I'm going to approach NASA about it as this sort of failure seems common after a very low number of hours but I'm not holding my breath.
Anything back from NASA yet? It will make for an interesting direct comparison with Hella Marine who replaced Erin's lights out of warranty when a known fault was suggested.
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Still haven't got in touch with them yet, Been out of the country for the past 6 weeks. I will drop them an email just as soon as I get home. I'm certainly very sceptical about buying another if they only last a few hours!
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I bought some from an online place in Oz and they are excellent, much brighter and smarter than the old Hella ones....
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I mentioned on another thread about LED nav light a few weeks ago, and how brilliant the ones from OZ were.

When I came back into port last weekend I had to use my lights for the first time this year. The Port side one is playing up and now only half the LED's work so not so impressed anymore.
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FYI guys I emailed NASA and they have asked me to return the light and they will "inspect and repair it as necessary". I'll post back with how it pans out but it is looking promising so far....
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