I'm having a minor refit
this winter, with the mast
My Aqua Signal Series 40 nav lights seem to be pretty good, but I want to take the opportunity to replace them all with LED fixtures, since I don't have my 75 foot mast
out all that often (this is the first time since the boat
was built 12 years ago).
I don't want Lopo Lights because of (a) the enormous cost; and (b) dozens of reports of failures.
In a recent edition of Practical Boat
Owner, a big test of LED nav lights had Aqua Signal coming out on top in terms of optical quality, far ahead of Lopo and others.
and complete waterproofness is important because I am not a fair weather
sailor -- I frequently sail in rough weather
which has my pulpit mounted nav lights under water
at times, despite their being a good 8 feet above the waterline. This has lead to the early demise of a few bulbs in the current
So I am inclined to go with Aqua Signal, but I have also heard bad things about the reliability
of the Series 21/22 LED lights
. Supposedly the next generation Series 23/24 LED lights
Does anyone have concrete experience of these, or otherwise words of wisdom?