Originally Posted by steve77
I did exactly what you are describing. I have one switch for spreader lights and it turns on the LED spreader lights as well as the foredeck light. I could think of no reason to switch them separately.
They are not used often. Underway, I have used them once to illuminate the main when I had a major tear and each time when reefing at night. Safety
is paramount and if I need to go to the mast
at night to reef, I want good light at the mast
. A foredeck light does not help illuminate this area on our boat
I can see that it would also help to add security lighting
We are of the old fashioned type: we sometimes need to go on the foredeck at sea (sail handling) or anchoring
. On those occasions we use a foredeck light. We still have a halogen bulb pointing down in the single
fixture on the front of the mast but a brighter LED bulb would be good.
However, It would not be a great thing for our night vision to have the whole boat flooded with light, so separate switches would be good.
As for cockpit lighting
, we have some portable lights which we hang from the boom.
At sea, protect your night vision.
Sailing is a sport, an athletic activity, not a sedentary one.
Fred Roswold-Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Mexico