As part of my refit
, I need to decide on either a tricolor masthead light or three separate fixtures for my running lights. To me, the advantages of a tricolor masthead light are lower power consumption
and greater visibility (due to its height above the water). The disadvantages would seem to be length of wire (cost), running wire through the mast
, and changing bulb(s). Using an LED fixture, you could user smaller guage wire (helping to reduce cost a little) and bulb changes would be infrequent.
However, my biggest concern is this--is the visibility of a masthead tricolor reduced when the boat is healed over? It seems like if you were on a port tack, with a good bit of heal, the light from the red sector would shine up and the light from the green sector would shine down (reducing somewhat the visibility).