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Old 26-07-2019, 16:58   #46
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the West Marine Blue/White LED spreader light works off a single switch. Turn it on its white turn it off and back on quickly goes blue. The blue light is dimmer and doesn't totally destroy night vision (though not as good as red in that regard).
The White is BRIGHT and spreads a ring of light around the boat and can be seen from a long distance.
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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.

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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 at anchor or docking, we have some portable lights which we hang from the boom.

At sea, protect your night vision.
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Re: Deck lighting options

Some previous threads on night vision (light colour):
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ion-67713.html
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...on-209780.html
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ght-78043.html
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This blue white thing is interesting. Hadn’t heard about it, I’ll see if I can find out more. Any good links to the logic behind it all?
If its this one https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...29?recordNum=2 I'm even tempted to buy some myself .....
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If its this one https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-...29?recordNum=2 I'm even tempted to buy some myself .....
Yes, likewise tempted...

But seriously, did you read the reviews? Had a look at the one star reviews as I always do. Why oh why do people not read the instructions?

Quote: "I posted it was a good value. That was before I went to install. The light itself and the wiring diagram on line only have 2 wires. Red for 12V + and Black for 12V - so when you power it up I only the 2 blue lights in the center come on, no white lights at all. Q&A states purchase a DPST switch which would be fine if I had a 3rd wire for my white lights."

Makes you wonder if this clown should be allowed on a boat at all, let alone doing their own wiring.
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