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    Default LED Nav lights

    I need to replace my masthead Tricolour/all round white light and am considering an LED type. I'm aware that the circuitry used to drive the LEDs can cause RF emissions which can interfere with VHF and AIS. Previous threads have discussed how to test for this and to find out if your light has this problem.
    Is there any information out there as to which brands do not have this problem? It would be a pity to spend a lot of money on a new light, only to find that it degraded VHF performance.
    Any information/advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    Hello and Welcome to the forum

    Many people use Boatlamps https://boatlamps.co.uk/
    Cynical Scottish almost retired engineer.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    Strong recommendation for Boatlamps as above.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    Converted all my lights to LED last year, boatlamps is the place to go.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

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    NASA have categorically assured me that their led masthead tricolour does not cause any RF interference. It is also a cheap (approx. £60), thoroughly waterproof unit that no-one seems to have anything bad to say about.


    - W

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    Quote Originally Posted by webcraft View Post
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    NASA have categorically assured me that their led masthead tricolour does not cause any RF interference. It is also a cheap (approx. £60), thoroughly waterproof unit that no-one seems to have anything bad to say about.


    - W
    ... including me. I had this LED tricolour mounted next door to my masthead aerial which serviced both VHF and AIS. No problems whatsoever.
    Last edited by RobF; 23-06-19 at 22:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Hello and Welcome to the forum

    Many people use Boatlamps https://boatlamps.co.uk/

    The only issue I have with the tricolour from Boatlamps is that on mine, the lamp appears to have been soldered into it's base around 10 degrees off axis, so the red/green divider of the lamp does not match up with the red/green divider of the housing .. giving a rather "confused" region dead ahead.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    Quote Originally Posted by webcraft View Post
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    NASA have categorically assured me that their led masthead tricolour does not cause any RF interference. It is also a cheap (approx. £60), thoroughly waterproof unit that no-one seems to have anything bad to say about.


    - W
    +1 for the NASA unit. Fitted one a couple of years ago and very pleased.

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    Default Re: LED Nav lights

    As a word of warning ours stopped working recently and reason seems to be its full of water so if the OP is considering a new light or replacing bulbs with LED then checking out the water resistance of any unit might be worth looking into.

    I think these units are quite pricy so who builds ones that act as a raincatcher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashtead View Post
    As a word of warning ours stopped working recently and reason seems to be its full of water so if the OP is considering a new light or replacing bulbs with LED then checking out the water resistance of any unit might be worth looking into.

    I think these units are quite pricy so who builds ones that act as a raincatcher?
    Which make/model?

    - W

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