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LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:54 pm
by dlandersson
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)

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:52 pm
by NiceAft
Are your current running lights LED?

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 am
by dlandersson
No. using the setup the boat came with. 8)

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:58 am
by kurz
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.

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:03 am
by Nauti Nell
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.

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:36 am
by NiceAft
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.

Ray

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:27 am
by dlandersson
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.

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:17 pm
by Highlander
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 ?

J :(

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:59 pm
by NiceAft
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 ?

J :(
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.

Ray

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:47 am
by kurz
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.

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:22 am
by dlandersson
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.

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:55 am
by Seapup
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

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:06 am
by RussMT
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.

--Russ

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:12 pm
by dlandersson
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.

Image

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

Re: LED running lights - battery powered

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:05 pm
by Highlander
Now that would b handy also for my 10ft walkerbay :idea:

J 8)