I spent 30 years in the regulatory field.  There's always some fine points
to compliance.  There's differences between regulation, enforcement policy,
equipment certifications, etc.  There is the occasional Coastie that will
try to jam an enforcement policy up your nose but in the end, the
regulations are what rule.

AquaSignal has gotten their light fixtures, with bulbs, "certified" to USCG
standards.  Aquasignal gets their fixtures "certified" to assure their
customers that the fixture meets the regulatory requirements for color,
arc, visibility distance, etc.  Whoopee.

Now, consider the actual regulations that apply to your boat.  Federal
light requirements for vessels can be found in 33 CFR 83.20-31.  This
regulation states the colors, arcs, and visibility distances for vessels.

I think that is the regulation that applies.  I don't think it says
anywhere that you have to use a "certified" fixture only that the light
meet the requirements for color, arc, visibility distance, etc.  If you
change the bulb in a "certified" fixture, it may no longer be "certified"
but may well meet the regulation and your boat will be in compliance.

So, in my opinion, you can use a candle in a Pringles can as long as it
meets the requirements for color, arc, visibility distance, etc.  I
wouldn't expect a Coastie to argue with you if your lights look anywhere
close to bright and are the correct color and arc.

Dennis C.
Touche' 35-1 #83
Mandeville, LA

On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:02 PM, Jim Reinardy via CnC-List <
cnc-list@cnc-list.com> wrote:

> I agree about Marinebeam, I have used them for other lights on my boat,
> always with good results.
> Aqua Signal throws up a lot of smoke and noise about losing certifications
> by replacing the bulbs in their fixtures, is this a real concern or just
> them trying to get me to spend more with them?
> http://www.aquasignal.com.au/aftermarket-led-replacement-bulbs/

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