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Old 01-31-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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LED Anchor Light

Anyone using an LED anchor light, which one and how do you like it?
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:54 PM   #2
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Here's a previous thread on the subject.
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:12 PM   #3
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I have one in my anchor light only. I got it from Perko and I am very happy with it. Perko says it meets CG requirements but I'm sure you will find out as this thread progresses, that's debate able.
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I bought one of the Attwood models (3nm visibility for the forward portion) a couple years ago... because my original Perko stalk has become a bit wobbly and I wanted to switch to LED anyway. Haven't gotten around to installing yet; it's one of the jobs I need help with... since once I get up there on the hardtop I'll discover all the tools and so forth I forgot to bring.

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We were in a small cove last summer - could fit 8 -10 boats max - and one of the vessels had an LED anchor light that was so bright it destroyed any chance of the rest of us enjoying unhindered star gazing.

I never thought I'd say it, but your anchor light can be too bright.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:04 PM   #6
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I gave in and finally began buying LED replacement bulbs for my current markers and bought a new LED stern and anchor light. Last week I bought some 110 V replacement 60 watt bulbs to swap-out the interior incandescent units. Next is 12 V interior recepticles and redoing the ER and Machinery space areas. I probably should have done it long ago but when you've got things on the boat that work just fine, it's hard getting them on the priority list.
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Old 01-31-2014, 04:06 PM   #7
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Love mine. I just put an LED bulb into my old lamp. Works great and no worries if I am detained ashore overnight while anchored.
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One of the features I find very useful in the Davis light is the photocell auto on/off. I never forget to turn it on or off any longer.

The 0.041A draw is infinitesimal. A 12 hr burn is only 0.49 A. It's low cost and brightness sealed the deal for me.
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Old 01-31-2014, 05:55 PM   #9
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The PO of my boat changed the original light to a single light which made it impossible to operate at night from the flybridge without putting a coffee cup over the light.

I couldn't find an LED anchor light that suited the "traditional" style of my boat so I bought the common Perko fixture that combines the forward facing navigation light and another bulb to create an all around light. I changed out the lamps for LED lamps. It works fine although I really should make the pole longer.

Some folks are just taping solar powered garden lamps to a pole. Around here the LEOs don't seem to care.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:58 PM   #10
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I fitted one 2 years ago, from our local chain chandlers,Whitworths. It is a tower of about 36 or 40 LEDS, slotted straight in, bright though not excessively, replacing 25w draw with about 3w.
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Wesk - sounds like our boats had the same PO. What a stupid arrangement. Until reading your post above (re the Perko) I was imagining some sort of tower arangement to get the bloody all round light above the bimini of the flybridge.

Can you point me to the 2-bulb perko light you bought? Does it have 2 switches (one for each light) on your dah/switchboard - or is there a switch on the light itself to turn on/off the second light? I'm hoping it's the miracle product I've been hoping to find to fix this blindingly stupid light placement.
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We were in a small cove last summer - could fit 8 -10 boats max - and one of the vessels had an LED anchor light that was so bright it destroyed any chance of the rest of us enjoying unhindered star gazing.

I never thought I'd say it, but your anchor light can be too bright.

Was it SO bright that you could still see the anchoring ball?




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Wesk - sounds like our boats had the same PO. What a stupid arrangement. Until reading your post above (re the Perko) I was imagining some sort of tower arangement to get the bloody all round light above the bimini of the flybridge.

Can you point me to the 2-bulb perko light you bought? Does it have 2 switches (one for each light) on your dah/switchboard - or is there a switch on the light itself to turn on/off the second light? I'm hoping it's the miracle product I've been hoping to find to fix this blindingly stupid light placement.
It's the one in the center:



There are three wires; one common (ground or negative) and one for the forward facing light and another for the rear facing light. The switching on the boat should turn the forward facing lamp on in the "Navigation Lights" position and turn both on (but not the red and green lights) in the "Anchor Light" position.

Do a web search on Perko 1184 and you'll find dozens of vendors.
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Thanks very much Wesk - you've saved me a fortune on mods.

Edit - actually one more question if i may?

When underway - is there much glare from the forward facing light or is it unnoticable?
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Thanks very much Wesk - you've saved me a fortune on mods.

Edit - actually one more question if i may?

When underway - is there much glare from the forward facing light or is it unnoticable?
I haven't had a glare problem with it but I don't often run in the dark. The light is directed forward (as it's supposed to be) so unless there's something on your boat to reflect it back, it shouldn't be a problem.
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Thanks psneeld, however my current nav/all round light sits exactly at eye level of the FB helm station.
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Well....there's your problem!
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LOL - yes, it is. And now have a solution which doesn't involve making a stainless tower of some sort to get it out of the way (over the top of bimini).
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