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Old 20 April 2014, 11:10   #11
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The lupo are not all they are cracked up to be, they are very expensive to buy and they have issues too, I have fitted a few a while back and they all corroded very very quickly.

The aqua signal lights are good value for money and they seem to last quite well
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Old 20 April 2014, 12:12   #12
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Hella Naviled seem well made, early days though...
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Old 20 April 2014, 13:39   #13
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I went with a Seasense (All around), and a Seachoice (Bow light) just because they were the cheapest I could find, and since I went over 5 years on this boat without ever "needing" running lights they are not a high priority.

LED is the ONLY way to go these days. Incandescent's are just too fragile.
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Old 20 April 2014, 16:24   #14
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I fitted a 12v anchor light from Salty John. Blanked of the light diode and fitted it to a Carling switch. I also upgraded the LED bulb which is much brighter. Good quality. Now sits on top of my light pole.

12v all round white light: Salty John : The Blog: Anchor lights - buy with caution.
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Old 20 April 2014, 18:22   #15
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Aqua signal on mine.

Never had to replace a bulb and only needs a clean of the contacts once a year.

It's on the Scorpion so must be the "best" ;-)
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Old 22 April 2014, 08:23   #16
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Be careful if you are fitting an LED light near your vhf/AIS antenna, you could get interference.
Some LED navigation lights, and some replacement LED clusters, use a particular type of buck regulator to control voltage and this can interfere at 150MHz, to the extent of taking out all AIS targets and, more dangerously, just some AIS targets. Voice communication can also be seriously impaired.
Check with the manufacturer if they have had this issue. All LEDs are supposed to be EMC certified to carry a CE mark but be aware that this is not the case - probably because manufacturers of the vast majority of LEDs don't use them in close proximity to VHF antennas.
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Aqua signal on mine for the last fourteen years.
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Old 22 April 2014, 09:13   #18
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Very interesting observation. Over the week end I habd the HH vhf in the kitcjhen. I turned on the lights (10 no led 50w) and the vhf went crazy turn them off and normality was restored.

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