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LED running lights - battery powered

Post by dlandersson » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:54 pm

Ok, was out for an evening sail today. When it came time to turn on the mast light and running lights, the running light fuse blew. I had a spare, but it got me thinking (which is never my strong point).

Anyone have any suggestions re: portable/easyily placed battery powered LED running lights I can use as a back-up? 8)
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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by NiceAft » Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:52 pm

Are your current running lights LED?

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by dlandersson » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 am

No. using the setup the boat came with. 8)

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by kurz » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:58 am

I could use my anchor light. It is a white 360degree ligth with on a cable that goes to a 12V plug.

That corresponds with the regulations that says if your running lights break at least install a white light.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by Nauti Nell » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:03 am

kurz wrote:I could use my anchor light. It is a white 360degree ligth with on a cable that goes to a 12V plug.

That corresponds with the regulations that says if your running lights break at least install a white light.
I have this same set up w 12v plug and light. I hook it to the halyard that is not in use and can haul it up about 20 feet so as to light up the whole deck / boat.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by NiceAft » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:36 am

dlandersson wrote:No. using the setup the boat came with. 8)
If you switched to LED’s in the cabin, mast light, and running lights, I don’t expect any fuses to blow. There is an incredible reduction on the draw from the battery/batteries. All of the LED’s combined might equal the draw of one of the incandescent bulbs in the cabin.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by dlandersson » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:27 am

Nice point. We were happy the masthead light was working - and really happy I had spares. :wink:

kurz wrote:I could use my anchor light. It is a white 360degree ligth with on a cable that goes to a 12V plug.

That corresponds with the regulations that says if your running lights break at least install a white light.
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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by Highlander » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:17 pm

R u guy,s aware of a USA Coastguard Warning about LED,s interfering with VHF Radio Signals & poss. navigation equip. there is an article about it in a recent Practical Sailor Issue have not had a chance to read it yet myself , but thought I should make everyone aware as all my lights on board r now LED,s, not sure if that is only when they r turned on ?

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by NiceAft » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:59 pm

Highlander wrote:R u guy,s aware of a USA Coastguard Warning about LED,s interfering with VHF Radio Signals & poss. navigation equip. there is an article about it in a recent Practical Sailor Issue have not had a chance to read it yet myself , but thought I should make everyone aware as all my lights on board r now LED,s, not sure if that is only when they r turned on ?

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John,

Thanks for the heads up. I was not aware of any such reports

I can’t imagine there could possibly be any interference if there isn’t any electrical flow. Without the electricity, the lights are just an inanimate object.

If there is an electrical engineer reading this, please chime in.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by kurz » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:47 am

What I noticed concerning LED inside the cabin when the are on: I get disturbation when I listen to the normal Radio broadcast (not marine radio), just houshold radio programs some times.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by dlandersson » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:22 am

FYI

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-some-LED-l ... lbs-do-not
kurz wrote:What I noticed concerning LED inside the cabin when the are on: I get disturbation when I listen to the normal Radio broadcast (not marine radio), just houshold radio programs some times.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by Seapup » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:55 am

I think its a great idea. Every time I walk through the sporting goods at walmart I tell my self I should pick up a back up set, they normally have them for about $30.

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shoreline-Ma ... t/35259546

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by RussMT » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:06 am

Interesting post. As Nav lights are critical safety gear, having a backup might not be a bad idea at all. Even a single bulb failure could be dangerous. Same for the anchor light.

Post above shows a battery powered portable.

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by dlandersson » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:12 pm

Got these

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01 ... UTF8&psc=1
Seapup wrote:I think its a great idea. Every time I walk through the sporting goods at walmart I tell my self I should pick up a back up set, they normally have them for about $30.

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https://www.walmart.com/ip/Shoreline-Ma ... t/35259546

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Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Post by Highlander » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:05 pm

Now that would b handy also for my 10ft walkerbay :idea:

J 8)

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