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Old 27 February 2012, 05:54   #21
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I've had to replace 2 led's in 3 seasons so far, at 80-90 a pop I'm wondering why I bothered...
I have also had a few led failures and I have never purchased the cheapest.
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Old 27 February 2012, 11:26   #22
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I replaced the lamps in my nav lights with short segments of LED.
In the US, you want to be careful about these kind of mods. USCG regs regarding nav lighting mandate that the fixtures (including bulbs) be USCG approved for illumination, coverage, etc. Modification voids the existing certification.

Not that there's a great chance you'll be cited, but should there be an accident where lighting comes into play, it's not something I'd like stacking up against me.

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Old 27 February 2012, 14:05   #23
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Here you go - we find them reliable as well! Stern White LED Navigation Light 731803
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Old 27 February 2012, 16:55   #24
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Here you go - we find them reliable as well! Stern White LED Navigation Light 731803
Those prices aren't bad either. Are the LEDS replaceable?
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Old 27 February 2012, 17:19   #25
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Thats the one I have although I eventually cut it up and fitted in the echomax last year using some potting compound to replace the existing incandescent lamp.

Works fine so far even after three years use in its original enclosure before cutting it up for modifications.
The LED is not replaceable, its a potted sealed module.
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Old 27 February 2012, 20:40   #26
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I bought a couple of these to replace my failed standard fit LED nab lights - haven't fitted them yet so can't vouch for their efficacy! But they seem very good value and hopefully not cheap and nasty.

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Old 28 February 2012, 03:57   #27
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I got this type, they arrived in less than a week from the other side of the world!. 4 yrs old now although probably only 2-3hrs of use.

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Old 28 February 2012, 05:55   #28
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I got this type, they arrived in less than a week from the other side of the world!. 4 yrs old now although probably only 2-3hrs of use.

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Thats the ones I have had for around 4 years too, they have had a bit more that 2-3 hrs use though, one or two of my trips they would have done this just on that trip!
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Those prices aren't bad either. Are the LEDS replaceable?
Not sure - they are working fine so I haven't had a proper look but I don't think they will be.
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Old 02 March 2012, 05:25   #30
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I bought a set of Hella's for my A-frame. One of them failed, but after a polite chat with Hella they sent me a complete replacment set of a new improved design. They no longer have the aluminium heatsink on the back which was the cause of failure due to corrosion. As Jyasaki says, you need to be careful about visibility angles and brightness on any home made versions. The LED's are certainly brighter and clearer in my experience, especially having seen LED and incandescent nav lights side by side at night on the water.
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