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Old 08-19-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed LED Red/Green Nav lights on their bow and had them checked out or been given a thumbs up by FWC or the Coast Guard?

I have been trying to look up info on them but all I can find is the following on the Coast Guard website:

"Sidelights" means a green light on the starboard side and a red light on the port side each showing an unbroken light over an arc of the horizon of 112.5 degrees and so fixed as to show the light from right ahead to 22.5 degrees abaft the beam on its respective side.

In vessels of less than 12 meters in length:
(i) a masthead light, 2 miles;
(ii) a sidelight, 1 miles;
(iii) a towing light, 2 miles;
(iv) a white red, green or yellow all-round light, 2 miles.
[(v) a special flashing light, 2 miles.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:11 PM   #2
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Most led are brighter than bulbs. I have a set on my cape and installed a bunch on customers boats

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Old 08-19-2015, 02:29 PM   #3
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I installed some on my boat and I got them off ebay for around $30 delivered to my house. They are the brightest bow lights I have ever seen. I cant see where there would be a problem with the law.
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i put them on my Pathfinder and i'm super happy with them.
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Old 08-19-2015, 06:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Ordered some LED's off eBay this afternoon.
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As long as they show meeting USCG requirements for distance able to be seen based on the LOA of your vessel.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:27 PM   #7
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That's why I asked. The leds listed do not say anything about USCG approved. They only cost $15 so I will give them a try.
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Here is the standard, ABYC A-16, for electric navigation lights from the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Getting fined by the USCG or Fish & Wildlife if they board your vessel and inspect your equipment; which would be a very small chance they would check the navigation light(s) for certification other than seeing that they're installed and operational.

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If you hypothetically were involved in a boating collision at night with another vessel; and they determine your navigation lights were not compliant, how that would count against you?

These would be my two concerns if they are not USCG/ABYC certified to be used for navigation lights.

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Old 08-20-2015, 12:02 AM   #9
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I just swapped my mast light to LED and it is MUCH brighter. I'm still looking for some bulbs to bit my bow lights. I can find some that shine up (out end of bulb) but I need ones that shire around circumference of bulb.

Very happy with LED mast light though.
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