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Old 09-01-2017, 05:47 PM
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I have an Accon popup bow light on my Contender and want to switch the current blown # 78 marine bulb to an LED bulb. I found an old thread but there wasn't any info on a bulb that would fit. I have searched the web and bought two different type bulbs on Amazon w no luck. Here is a pic of the blown bulb and the closest bulb I've found. The pegs that lock it in place on the sides of the 1157 LED bulb are spaced asymmetrically compared to the #78 bulb. As a result it doesn't fit. Any suggestions? Of course, I guess I can just buy the $3 standard bulb and b done w it since this is only on when running.
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Can't really do that. I assume your nav light is a bicolor light, so you'd need both a red LED and a green LED. The white LEDs don't put off enough light in those colors to really work. Besides, you'd have no way of knowing if they met the USCG certification for visibility out to 1 or 2 nm, as required by your vessel size.

Best to replace the entire fixture or just replace the incandescent bulb...
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I changed my fixture out because my lens was cracked - water intrusion blown bulb. I went in this direction and no problems since installed about 5 years now. It is a better light and led. 1 mile and now 2 mile

I run at night often

Accon LED Pop-Up Bow Light Model 211-M

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Thanks Superknt. I thought about going that direction but was trying to replace just the bulb, as my light is in good condition. I figured a bulb is cheap vs a $140 new light. I guess that is an option tho.


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I changed my fixture out because my lens was cracked - water intrusion blown bulb. I went in this direction and no problems since installed about 5 years now. It is a better light and led. 1 mile and now 2 mile

I run at night often

Accon LED Pop-Up Bow Light Model 211-M

good luck
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What about grinding the higher nub down? Looks like the other one lines up about perfect, anyone else think that would work here I’m in the same boat?
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Accon says the only light you can use is the one that came with it. LED will show white and if you get a higher wattage bulb, it will melt the lense. If the socket is bad, they sell them cheap and it is a 15 minute fix.
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Agreed a white led on red and green will come off as pink and turquoise. If the bulb you ordered is an 1157 replacement and you insist on not listening to us haha you’re looking for an 1156 bulb. Those bases have the pins even.
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Had the Accon with regular bulb. Bought the LED one and sold my reg pop up bulb one. It was worth it.
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I replaced the bulb in mine last year with an led and all seems fine. I have and older pop up with green red lens. I put in a white led from superbrightleds.com.

1142 LED Boat and RV Light Bulb - 15 LED Forward Firing Cluster - BA15D Retrofit - 90 Lumens - 12VDC White

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if this is a nav light, you can't just put any LED bulb in. they must meet the 2 mile CG cert. an LED nav light rated bulb is about $50. but still questionable to put into a non LED fixture. replace the whole fixture if you want LED.
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Originally Posted by gundog61 View Post
I replaced the bulb in mine last year with an led and all seems fine. I have and older pop up with green red lens. I put in a white led from superbrightleds.com.

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Hey I looked that bulb up but I shows it only has led’ chips on the top not around. You says it will looks good huh? It’s pretty inexpensive, I suppose I could just order one and see. Thanks for the heads up
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Originally Posted by smac999 View Post
if this is a nav light, you can't just put any LED bulb in. they must meet the 2 mile CG cert. an LED nav light rated bulb is about $50. but still questionable to put into a non LED fixture. replace the whole fixture if you want LED.
Pay attention to this, guys. All nav lights must meet the regs. You have no idea if your replacement LED lamp will meet requirements. Will you be ticketed? Not likely, so probably not a major concern. But to be truly legal, this is the rule.

OK, if you aren't worried about the rules...

If you do replace lamps in a nav light fixture, you should use a green LED in the stbd fixture and a red LED in the port fixture. A combined red/green fixture using a single lamp is not a good candidate for LED replacement. Buy a new fixture.

Due to the nature of LEDs, white lamps do not put out as much red and green wavelength light (needed to penetrate the fixture lens) compared to incandescent.
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Hey I looked that bulb up but I shows it only has led’ chips on the top not around. You says it will looks good huh? It’s pretty inexpensive, I suppose I could just order one and see. Thanks for the heads up
I have been using it for two years now. Apparently I am not legal....but than again I have never been a mile away looking at my own boat.
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I have the separate pop up Accon red and green bow lights. I used the Dr LED GE90 bulbs (green and red). They are WAY brighter than the old halogen bulbs. Perfect fit.
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get a Hella LED, it will not cost you anything near $140

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