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Old 24 October 2007, 14:56   #21
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But surely they couldn't be seen from any sort of distance.
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But surely they couldn't be seen from any sort of distance.
How visible were those xmas light LEDs I had on my A-frame last year?
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Old 24 October 2007, 18:08   #23
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How visible were those xmas light LEDs I had on my A-frame last year?
That must have been confusing ... port.. starboard.. anchor down.. steam ship underway but not under control
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How visible were those xmas light LEDs I had on my A-frame last year?
What like these
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Old 24 October 2007, 19:58   #25
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What like these

Cool-I didn't realise you had pics of them

Kinda proves the point though-they aren't even ultrabright LEDS, just a £4.99 set of battery operated LED fairy lights and its not even properly dark in those pics.

I'd personally just put an LED 'floodlight' on the A-frame pointing at the floor and wear a 'headlamp'.
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That must have been confusing steam ship underway but not under control

you've seen him come alongside then! We just bought some IP56 round Garden LED's from Maplins and built them into the consul, they work fab but I'll let you know in a year's time if they still do. 6 kwid a pop
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you've seen him come alongside then!

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Matt,

I didn't think those red lights of yours were all that bright. Certainly nothing to cause any problems at a few hundred meters plus. Close up maybe but then you would see the boat anyway.
Red light is one of the hardest colours to see in the dark. Obviously if you make your lights more powerful then your going to see red easier but little LEDs on their own should not create much of a problem. Hightowers 44 multipack all wired up together would be quite bright.
The LEDs they put in torches nowadays are groups of more powerful LEDs than the ones we are talking about here for deck lighting. And if its decklighting it should be set low so shouldn't cause a problem.
Some of those blue lights kids fit on their cars would be cool if you could get them under the hull and shining out into the water.
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As The Grocer rightly pointed out, using red lights in any other format than as navigation lights would greatly cause confusion. You may think deck lights would not be visible to another rib, but from a high ship's bridge they would indeed be seen.

Use of red in any other way would definately contravene SOLAS.
In that case wheelhouse or bridge lights would as well.

We fit red LEDs to the cockpit of the 770, but they are fitted pointing at the floor and impossible to see directly from outside the boat - when on they provide enough light to see what you are treading on and all you can see from outside the boat at relatively close range is a red glow - the LED nav lights we fit are more than powerful enough to stand out - even the port one!
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I didn't think those red lights of yours were all that bright. Certainly nothing to cause any problems at a few hundred meters plus. Close up maybe but then you would see the boat anyway.
Fair enough. That's why I asked-it's hard to tell when you're sat in the boat with them.
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