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Old 31-05-2018, 16:19   #16
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Re: LED light conversions

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Barney, with the tricolor, how do you get the colors in the bulb to align correctly with the colors in the lens? The bayonet base doesn't allow twisting it around to get them lined up does it?

I'd like to change mine over, but have been concerned about this issue.

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The tri-colour LED replacement came with an orientable socket that fits into any standard Hella, AquaSignal, Lalizas (etc. as theese are the same thing) housing.

In theory, you want to take down the housing, open it and replace the foot (the socket). There is no soldering, only some screws and spade wire connectors (in Hella, anyways).

The orientable socket comes with the bulb.

However, I was lucky and I found that the bulb dropped in perfectly aligned, without replacing the socket. We have Hella housings throughout (as I said, identical with AquaSignal and Lalizas housings),

The tri bulb is obviously a BAY15d thus one way fit only.

The socket looks like here:

https://sc02.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1FYWRI...ng_350x350.png

And comes with the LED bulb.

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Old 31-05-2018, 16:34   #17
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Re: LED light conversions

I have found an online English test of that LED bulb recommended also by the French Voiles magazine.

https://www.practical-sailor.com/iss...t_12280-1.html

I think if two well established sources say the same thing, they may be darn about right.

This one goes into a plain (translucent allround, aka anchor) housing. Read, think, criticize (constructively!).

You may find it fits your use scenario better than a tri-colour LED bulb.

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They seem to die in three, as three consecutive LEDs will quit working at a time. Spend $5 or so to replace them, they stick on like scotch tape.Attachment 170517
That's because every three LED's are in series with a resistor.
Each set of the above is wired in parallel to the 12 volt source.

Usually the reason for failure is not the voltage or the led itself, but bad solder connections.
The environmentalists didn't do electronics any favors by banning lead solder. The non lead replacement cracks after awhile.
So unless you know how to solder, there goes your light and it's,

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