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Hey Gary, This is a great question, since technology is always advancing. I took a little time to check Catalina Direct and they offer a Hella Nav Light that takes a single 25W incandescent bulb. This is definitely old school,however, it works and itís USCG approved. They also offer an Aqua Signal red-green filtered bow nav light that takes a specific red and green composite navigation LED lamp. While the lens uses a half red/half green filter, the lamp corresponds with the colors, so you wonít see that characteristic washed-out blue-green that youíll normally see with white LEDs that are filtered through the plastic green lens. This is a true advance in the technology. See:: https://www.catalinadirect.com/shop-by-boat/catalina-38/electrical/navigation-lights/bow-navigation-light-redgreen-82lt-gt98 And read the technical description. Iím not familiar with the cabin wire feed that youíve pointed out. My mast feed remains a conventional rubber seal type. What do you recommend about this new one?
Not through Catalina Direct, but a couple of years ago I found LED replacements on line. I bought them but they are still in a box ready for a future project. I do have LED tricolor on mast and have replaced almost al of the cabin lights with LED. I will check out Bruce's link as he knows tons more than I do about upgrades!
Peter Bigelow C-25 TR/FK #2092 Limerick Rowayton, Ct Port Captain: Rowayton/Norwalk/Darien CT
Between the cost of the fixture and the cost of the LED lamp, itíll be under US$100.
Hella also offers a completely sealed fixture plus LED light, however, itís pricing out in the midUS$200 range. The advantages of this option is: 1. Itís watertight, so corrosion should be less of an issue, and 2. Itís an all-in-one solution, so youíre not trying to make sure the lamp and fixture are matched, polarity is correct, and the LED light doesnít get misaligned with the fixture.
Just a note related to Bruce's comments about LED bulbs being compatible with the lenses... The USCG regs require for the red and green running lights that the bulb and fixture have been tested and approved as a unit. LED replacements for incandescent bulbs in some random fixtures are not in compliance, because as Bruce's discussion suggests, they will likely be virtually white and white on the water.
Dave Bristle Association "Port Captain" for Mystic/Stonington CT PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, USCG "sixpack" (expired), Now on Eastern 27 $+!nkp*+ Sarge
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