Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-06-2014, 04:20   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Ex-Calif's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ohio
Boat: Now boatless :-(
Posts: 11,525
Images: 4
Navlight LED- Marinebeam or?

Quick one.

So I read the material about color matching the LED for the lens color to get the right color on the water.

I am replacing incandescent festoon with LED. Marinebeam loves their LEDs at $25 per. 4 bulbs, anchor, stern, masthead and combo nav - Kaching!

So is there a cheaper path - I mean a pack of 4 festoon LEDs goes on Amazon for $6.

Those are probably the wrong color but are there cheaper options?
Relax Lah! is SOLD! <--- Click
Click--> Custom CF Google Search or CF Rules
You're gonna need a bigger boat... - Martin Brody
Ex-Calif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-06-2014, 04:44   #2
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 18,410
Re: Navlight LED- Marinebeam or?

All kinds of issues with cheaper LED's sometimes. I put a bunch of them in my truck marker lights, 6 months later most have quit working.
I have a bunch (12) bayonet, single contact ones that I was going to put in my salon, turns out they are reverse polarity?

I ordered Marine Beam ones yesterday, yep awfully expensive, right at $200 for 14 of them, but supposedly they will work right with no RFI etc.
a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-06-2014, 06:26   #3
Dockhead's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: The boat: Cowes (Winter), Above 60N (Summer); me: somewhere in the air!
Boat: Cutter-Rigged Moody 54
Posts: 21,292
Re: Navlight LED- Marinebeam or?

I admit that I have retrofitted LED Bay15D units in two of my nav lights -- steaming light and stern light. Both white. This is not certified and not really recommended, but I didn't see the harm since these lights (unlike sidelight, tricolor, etc.) don't have really critical cutoff angles and there are no color issues.

I would really suggest that you try to spring for some real LED nav lights. At least for sidelights and tricolor. For a smaller boat like yours, and assuming you are 12v rather than 24v, there are excellent units from Aqua Signal that are very inexpensive.

As others above said, avoid like the plague the el-cheapo LED bulb units. Nav lights are the last place in the world you want to have problems for the sake of saving a few dollars. I use the Imtra bulb units in my white nav lights, and they are fine, but next winter I will probably also change these to real LED nav lights, which have all the electrics potted in and really impervious to water. I like the Aqua Signal ones, which are reasonable in price, apparently reliable, and according to tests have the best optics.
Dockhead is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want To Buy: SB navlight casing for Mistral 33 Selene Classifieds Archive 0 29-10-2013 17:53
LED Anchor Light Update 29cascadefixer Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 121 04-07-2012 15:58
LED Lighting Option svHyLyte Construction, Maintenance & Refit 4 20-04-2006 16:25

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 18:30.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.