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Old 07-09-2013, 14:18   #1
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LED Anchor Light

I installed a LED Anchor light three years ago, it was a Optolamp "Digital Sirius LX. It operated well until this year, can not say it was the lamp or me. I might have wired the polarity in reverse.

Ok it is up the mast and does not work.

The masr comes down in a couple of weeks so I am looking for a new |LED anchor light, the boat is 40 ft.

I see lights range from 35.00 to 300+

I do like the idea of a strobe for emergency however my first and most important thing is built proof.

Any suggestion of a good bright LED anchor light that has more than the required 2nm range.

Fletch

PS I have a 18 gauge 3 circuit cable ( 3 wires and a negative) from the deck to the mast head.
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Old 07-09-2013, 14:52   #2
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Re: LED Anchor Light

Our Orca green has been working a daily basis for 5 yrs 4 months. Anchor, tricolor and strobe.

Almost $300 but you get what you pay for!

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Old 07-09-2013, 15:49   #3
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Re: LED Anchor Light

Fletch,

Get an Owl Light from Bebi. The best anchor light going.
Bebi Electronics-Home of the Finest Marine LED Lighting Products on Sea (or Earth)!

Here's a couple I bought last year. I mounted them on a short abs pipe to protect the wires and I hang it from my jib sheets at the bow. They can be mounted at the top of the mast too.

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Re: LED Anchor Light

I like the Bebi lights! We use them for interior, cockpit and reading lights

For the anchor ligth we have been using this since 2009 and it just works:

Hella marine NaviLED 360 All-Round Navigation Light

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Fletch,

Get an Owl Light from Bebi. The best anchor light going.
Bebi Electronics-Home of the Finest Marine LED Lighting Products on Sea (or Earth)!
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What Vasco said. I love mine.
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Re: LED Anchor Light

We use a bebi as well, excellent product.
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Re: LED Anchor Light

Bebi are great.

I am a fan of low down anchor light that illuminates some of the boat superstructure. This makes distance judgment much easier for boats approaching the anchorage.

As well as the excellent owl Bebi make an owl with twice as many LEDs the Masina
Malosi. The power consumption is still tiny. Its worth considering especially at the top of the mast where its more likely to be lost in the background of shore lights.
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Old 07-09-2013, 17:20   #8
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Re: LED Anchor Light

I use Marinebeam led lights all over the boat. Marinebeam Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures. Lots of choices, higher quality than the big-box store. In my case, I only replaced the bulb, but you can also buy a fixture.
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I put a Bebi in my previous boat 5 years ago and it's still going strong. Last year I put one on my current boat. I highly recommend them.
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Bebi are great.

I am a fan of low down anchor light that illuminates some of the boat superstructure. This makes distance judgment much easier for boats approaching the anchorage.

As well as the excellent owl Bebi make an owl with twice as many LEDs the Masina
Malosi. The power consumption is still tiny. Its worth considering especially at the top of the mast where its more likely to be lost in the background of shore lights.

I fitted 2 of these inside a tricolor/ anchor masthead fitting....and still only used the 2 wires going up the mast that came with the Catalina anchor light up there.
Using a 6 pole switch the current can be reversed to light one LED or the other....brilliant!! I recall it's on Bebe's website how to do it?!
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The problem is not the bulb but your power. After a friends bad experience with LEDs I did some research. LEDs are very sensitive to voltage changes. The normal range on a boat with battery low to absorb charge is about twice what they can stand.
What I did and I have used Dr LED bulbs which are poor for 4+ years now with no problems for all my nav lights is to provide a constant 12 volts to the lights. The parts are readily available from Digikey or Mouser for less than $5.00. Simply build a regulator capable of the total amperage your lights will need and put it in the circuit. More work than putting a bulb in but less money and in the future you can use what ever you want if caught some where you can not get that special one. Hint, build the reg so it will power incandescent bulbs in case.
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Another +1 for Bebi
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Marinebeam claims their bulbs are not as sensitive to voltage changes as the others......read about it on their website.
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Fletch,

Get an Owl Light from Bebi. The best anchor light going.
Bebi Electronics-Home of the Finest Marine LED Lighting Products on Sea (or Earth)!

Here's a couple I bought last year. I mounted them on a short abs pipe to protect the wires and I hang it from my jib sheets at the bow. They can be mounted at the top of the mast too.

that is the single worst thing i have ever seen used as an anchor light short of a garden solar light.

LED's that do not need active cooling are worthless. they do not produce sufficient light at distance.
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I like the Bebi lights! We use them for interior, cockpit and reading lights

For the anchor ligth we have been using this since 2009 and it just works:

Hella marine NaviLED 360 All-Round Navigation Light

Dirk

thats what i will be buying.
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