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Old 29-12-2010, 06:08   #1
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Another LED Question

LED info seems to be evolving. Does anyone have advice/experience re anchor lights? Which one do you recommend to get or avoid?
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Old 29-12-2010, 06:20   #2
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Surrymark,

Try these. Defender.com also sells them.
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Old 29-12-2010, 06:33   #3
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bulb or whole unit

Thanks Mark. I saw your earlier thread, and I'll see if that bulb will fit in my unit.
I'd also be interested in whole units, ready to mount on mast.
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Old 29-12-2010, 06:44   #4
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Surrymark,

Go back in that same thread to see the
AQUA SIGNAL Series 32 LED Tri-Color Anchor Light - White, 32707
That one is top rated.
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My friend purchased an Orca and it has burned up three times already. They keep replacing it saying that they had some bad boards

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Old 29-12-2010, 06:57   #5
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I'm very happy with lopolight
Expensive but bright, very well made and has survived a near lightning strike. Works when the batts are down to 10.5v.
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Old 29-12-2010, 07:30   #6
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I've had very good luck with Marinebeam (Replacement LED bulbs for your existing boat fixtures). They may be a little more expensive than some but the quality is excellent. Look down on the left side of their homepage and read the idiots guide to boat LEDs and their discussion of constant current vs constant voltage. Their resident expert, Jeff, has given me lots of good advice.

BTW I have an LED bulb replacement in my Aquasignal anchor light housing and it has given me some problems. It's out now and I've got to go up the mast to troubleshoot it.

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That was an interesting post Bill. I hope you don't mind me paraphrasing a bit.

"I have had very good luck with... BUT I have to go up the mast to fix it."
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Nope. The Marinebeam LEDs are replacements for cabin lights. I can't remember what brand the anchor light is but I didn't install it. It is a plugin to an Aquasignal light that was replaced by riggers when they rerigged. I've not been to the top of the mast to look at it yet. I'll just have to fix it.
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G'Day all,

I'll put in another plug for Bebi LED products, made in Fiji by ex-cruisers with all local village workers.

Their stand-alone anchor light, while a bit agricultural in appearance, is extremely bright, has built-in auto switching and current regulating, and carries a lifetime warranty.

Hard to beat IMO.

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I bought all of mine from China, they have been running for three months now.

The super super bright ones get hot and do not last long especially when @14v such as when on the engine. Everything else has been great, no failures, from halogen replacements to the fuse shaped LED's they all work great. Replaced 15 lights reduced my current by 98% and cost me peanuts, I actually sell my spares as people see mine or need replacements.

Don't knock chinese products, LED is simple stuff, hard to get wrong.
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Thumbs up Another vote for Bebi

I would also recommend the Bebi anchor light, and agree with all of Jim's comments. They are pretty reasonably priced also.

I love the auto sensor on the unit and power consumption is pretty close to nothing.

As far as the agricultural look goes, the only time you have to look at it is when the mast is off its step.

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I installed and would recommend the Bebi. Simple, bright, tough, reliable and inexpensive.
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Bebi seem committed to quality, and unlike some other sources, they don't think RFI from the masthead lights is acceptable. (Some vendors sell lights that produce horrible RFI.)
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