Sent this of the Aqua Signal customer service
(Perhaps some of you guys know the answer: Do the strobe "bulbs" go intermittent before the fail completly, and how long should they last?)
Hello from Florida
My series 40 strobe light on top of the mast
has been more and more intermittent lately:
Once I week I turn all the lights on my sailboat ON to make sure they work.
The strobe has been reliable, but lately I have noticed it sometimes work and sometimes not.
Today I went into the wireing for troubleshooting, but found everything good all the way to the foot of the mast
, where I measured 13.1 volt at the connection.
When I turn the switch to ON, I get an initial current
draw of about 0.8 amps or so, then no current
If the bulb was simlpy burned out I would suspect there would be no indication of current through the circuit?
Am I perhaps looking at a moisture somewhere in the system leading to a short..?(The breaker does not pop. All other lights in the mast works good, no water
intrusion in the main panel)
Sctratching my head
on this one, but I would be happy to change the strobe/bulb if I knew it was indeed burned out. Total time on the bulb since I installed it 8 years ago is probably 3 hours..Not sure how long they should last?
(No power surge or lighting
stike on the boat, operation normal and a healthy electrical
AC and DC system, new batteries, etc)