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Old 26 January 2012, 12:54   #11
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. Taking the worst case, that is you are wiring the red and green in series, .
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Surely you want to wire them in parallel otherwise they only get 6volts each?
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Old 26 January 2012, 13:22   #12
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excuse me if this is a silly question but i take it then that the red and green lights should be on 1 switch and the white on a separate switch.
should you not have all three on when running at night.
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excuse me if this is a silly question but i take it then that the red and green lights should be on 1 switch and the white on a separate switch.
should you not have all three on when running at night.
Yes you should, but if you are at anchor, you only want your all round white, not your steaming lights. Hence the separate switching arrangement. Carling do a switch that has the facility for "steaming" or "Anchor"
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thanks Dave so if stationary at anchor white lights only

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Yes you should, but if you are at anchor, you only want your all round white, not your steaming lights. Hence the separate switching arrangement. Carling do a switch that has the facility for "steaming" or "Anchor"
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Old 27 January 2012, 02:56   #15
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thanks Dave so if stationary at anchor white lights only
Yup, & it should be an allround white, not a stern white. There are also rules for how high above the steaming lights it should be, but these are often ignored on small boats due to difficulty obtaining the correct separation distances.
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Carling do a switch that has the facility for "steaming" or "Anchor"
Any switch that is double pole/double throw, on/off/on will do the job.
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Or just have 2 on/off switches
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Any switch that is double pole/double throw, on/off/on will do the job.
Yup That's what the Carling switch is, I didn't want to get too technical.
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would prefer and have, to have two switches, since middle position means they could get knocked to on position!

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