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    Re: Lights etc.
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Oct 10, 15:38 -0400

    Doug, I would be very curious if you could look into those LED arrays you 
    bought. Specifically, are there other "things" on the circuit board, or just 
    the LED's?
    There is an issue regarding the use of LED's in a marine electrical system, in 
    that LED's like most electronics are prone to damage from electrical spikes. 
    And unlike cars (where the "run" circuits are physically disconnected during 
    starting by the ignition switch) marine electronics tend to be left on during 
    the engine starting process, so they are subjected to spikes.
    There are ways around this of course, but if there are 20 LED's in an array 
    the manufacturer may simpy accept the loss of a few over the year in use. If 
    you have seen LED arrays on the back of trucks and busses, this is not 
    uncommon, to see several burned out over time.
    And the lights you bought--are they actually USCG approved?

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