Thanks to previous contributors to this thread. Just thought I'd throw in another data point for the discussion...
I recently had my OGM Orca Green LED tricolor-anchor fail while cruising in the Bahamas
this winter. No lightning
when it failed just rain and wind
. Initially I thought I must have a wiring
problem because a high quality light like that can't possibly fail after only a few years right. I think I paid nearly $300 but today it's closer to $400.
I should have carried a spare anchor
light but didn't and so borrowed one from a good and generous friend. It was a Davis Mega Light...not very bright and after two bulbs burned out I needed to find something else.
After checking the forums
I ordered the BEBI cigarette lighter model and had a guest bring it to the Bahamas
. WOW that BEBI light is the brightest anchor
light in the harbor! No problem being seen with that and only $55. It is much brighter and more visible than the OGM unit. I can't believe they still make the Davis Mega Light.
When I got back to Florida
I contacted OGM to get my light repaired. Apparently it had leaked on top of the mast somehow and the electronics
was likely fried. I knew it wasn't in warranty and I would have to pay for it. I traded a couple of emails. In all fairness they were very responsive. The bottom line though was that they wanted $135 to repair it. That seemed like throwing good money
after bad. As an alternative they offered me 40% off a new light. Either way it was a lot of money
per year for a light.
BEBI was the obvious solution for me. First I want reliability
. Certainly being run over because my anchor light isn't working is just not an option. BEBI is a company that builds their product to last and stands behind it with a lifetime warranty.
The OWL cigarette lighter model is great ... the only negative with the other units is you have to come up with a solution to mount it... They also do not offer stand alone units other than the anchor lights so you must retrofit the guts of your existing unit. That works fine for existing running lights but in my case the unit from OGM that failed doesn't really work and I would have to buy a standard tricolor/anchor and replace the guts with BEBI LED units. That would still be dramatically less costly than even the OGM "repair" and it would have a lifetime warranty. Did I mention that BEBI units are warranted even if submersed in seawater?
I opted for the anchor light model with a photo
cell. I also replaced the guts of all of my running lights with LED units from BEBI. I plan to do the tricolor at a later time. Of course, with the anchor light I want to keep amp draw to a minimum but with the other lights I am most concerned with reliability
. Oh and did I mention the knowledgeable and responsive customer service
? I don't think you will find better.
It's now all installed and works great. I'll update in the future.