Dennis, that's the best analysis of the "light" discussion I have seen ever!
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> On Aug 11, 2017, at 5:17 PM, Dennis C. via CnC-List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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
>> <email@example.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?
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