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Old 03-01-2019, 01:03 PM   #1
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I am replacing my navigation lights on my pontoon boat. Can I use the marine LED strip lights from amazon for this, or do they have to be special coast guard approved nav lights.

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Old 03-01-2019, 01:18 PM   #2
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LED strip lights will not meet the 360 light requirement or the front red/green navigation light requirement. No other lights that could be confused with navigation are allowed while the vessel is underway. And the front navigation lights have to meet the degree requirements so you can not put up red on one side green strip on the other.

Only one place I can think of that has it figured out - called Taco Marine - aint cheap.

Easier to just buy coast guard stamped lighting.

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Old 03-01-2019, 01:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help glen.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:58 PM   #4
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This is my opinion and will probably rub some wrong, but led strips dont belong on anything anywhere except private ranches. Try approach at night on the icw and you will know what Im talking about.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:17 PM   #5
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This is my opinion and will probably rub some wrong, but led strips dont belong on anything anywhere except private ranches. Try approach at night on the icw and you will know what Im talking about.
Strips or light bars?
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:19 PM   #6
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Strips or light bars?
I guess bars. I dont know hat strip are.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:23 PM   #7
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I guess bars. I dont know hat strip are.
something like this is what OP was talking about i think.

https://www.amazon.com/Green-Blob-Ou...gateway&sr=8-6

I have this around the outside lip of my boat for fishing. Bait fish go nuts.

https://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Fl...gateway&sr=8-5
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:46 PM   #8
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That is exactly what I was talking about. Just going to go with the regular old boring USCG ones now. Thanks to the knowledge and wisdom of the green screen.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:47 PM   #9
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They are illegal. Do not meet CG angle requirements.

Issue citations for it all the time.
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:53 PM   #10
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“Sidelights” mean 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. On a vessel of less than 20 meters in length the side lights may be combined in one lantern carried on the fore and aft centerline of the vessel, except that on a vessel of less than 12 meters in length the sidelights when combined in one lantern shall be placed as nearly as practicable to the fore and aft centerline of the vessel.
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c) “Sternlight” means a white light placed as nearly as practicable at the
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:55 PM   #11
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http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...l6YpG906bTThD1

This is the only company that puts them out and met CG requirements to my knowledge. I know they are not cheap
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:01 PM   #12
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Other than gas I have put zero dollars into my boat in the last 10 years. I thought I would add something new to it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:23 PM   #13
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With all the new lighting technology. I wish they would change the white sturn light to some led color pink or yellow or something of contrastingcolors to shore lights. I've almost been run over a few times from behind. Just a thought

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Old 03-01-2019, 03:23 PM   #14
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The GWs around our lakes don't make a fuss about light strips for navigation. They are not legal but they can be seen from a greater distance than a normal navigation light that is sometimes blocked by the trolling motor in the stored position. The whole point of the lights is so the vessel can be seen and determined which direction it is underway. Light strips positioned correctly provide more than the minimum requirements. They are illegal though if they are not coast guard approved.
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Old 03-01-2019, 05:18 PM   #15
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Hobbs. It has to do with the angle. Even slightly quartered away I can see both red and green lights. With proper shielding and lighting you only see what you are suppose to therefore allowing safe navigation
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:12 PM   #16
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If your just wanting something functional you can buy a cheap set on Amazon that runs off watch batteries. Think I paid $10 for mine and they've lasted a year so far rubber elastic band go around the bar. I bought them when mine went out as a backup for future and to use until I fixed mine. Now it's all I use and have never been hassled over them. The guide I've fished with uses them daily and hasn't gotten a ticket. Not as fancy but a cheap backup to have at the least.

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Old 03-01-2019, 08:16 PM   #17
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Just ran out and snapped a pic. These are nice extras to keep for when yours go out or use cheap to use regularly like I do. Mine are over a year old and still ticking

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Old 03-07-2019, 12:53 PM   #18
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Just ran out and snapped a pic. These are nice extras to keep for when yours go out or use cheap to use regularly like I do. Mine are over a year old and still ticking

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do you have a link for them? Could not find them
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:04 PM   #19
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I added the green/red LED strips in addition to my existing nav lights. They were about 3ft long and I wrapped them around the front so they are visible from the front & sides. I'm with snowflake, after nearly getting run over and nearly running over others, the more light that offsets shoreline lights the better!! I almost hit a guy last year with no anchor/nav lights on that was just sitting in the middle of the lake.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:16 PM   #20
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Dirty Mike I'm not sure if these are exactly them but they look like it
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00WF...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I just typed in boat navigation lights battery operated
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:19 PM   #21
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Just ran out and snapped a pic. These are nice extras to keep for when yours go out or use cheap to use regularly like I do. Mine are over a year old and still ticking

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The problem with these is it is confusing if you are coming at me or going away or from the side for that matter. That is why they are supposed to be the 112.5 degree lights. You should not be able to see them from behind and only one light from the side. You may not have been hassled about them but they are not safe.

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Old 03-07-2019, 01:22 PM   #22
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The problem with these is it is confusing if you are coming at me or going away. That is why they are supposed to be the 112.5 degree lights. You should not be able to see them from behind. You may not have been hassled about them but they are not safe.

You're right and I haven't thought about this. These can be angled where the light shines forward/side by turning them and won't be seen from the back, can remove back light from it possibly?, or even just paint over the back one.
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Old 03-07-2019, 01:26 PM   #23
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You're right and I haven't thought about this. These can be angled where the light shines forward/side by turning them and won't be seen from the back, can remove back light from it possibly?, or even just paint over the back one.
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You may put something on the inside of each light as well. That way people can tell if you are going right or left as well. Its a good cheap idea if angled correctly.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:02 PM   #24
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You may put something on the inside of each light as well. That way people can tell if you are going right or left as well. Its a good cheap idea if angled correctly.
Would be a simple fix. Thanks for the idea

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Old 05-02-2019, 04:00 PM   #25
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Old 05-02-2019, 04:07 PM   #26
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Pilar. What are they called and trying to figure how they are Coast Guard legal. They don’t show them close enough to see the stamp
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