Anchor Lights


Definition of Anchor Lights

See All Round Lamp

An anchor light is the visible light on a boat when it is anchored at night to provide better visibility and safety.

The navigation light must be visible from a 360-degree angle and a distance of 2 NM and positioned above all other navigation lights at the highest point of the vessel.

At no point may the light be obstructed by a person or object.

figure showing positioning of all round or anchor light

An anchor light may seem like a superfluous battery drain, but it can save you from avoidable liabilities.

For instance, if another boat crashed into your boat at night and you had no anchor lights on, you would be liable for the damages.

Going the energy efficient LED route is a great way to ensure that your vessel is compliant with safety regulations while reducing power consumption. Below are a few anchor lamp options.

LED Anchor Lamp Specifications

Contour LED Anchor Light from Apex Lighting

Contour LED Anchor Light

  • Voltage: 10-30V DC
  • Amp Draw: 80 mA at 12 V or 45 mA at 24 V
  • Visibility 2 NM
  • Retractable, lockable base
  • Slimmest on the market

2NM All Round Anchor Lamp Fold-Down from Apex Lighting

2NM All Round Anchor Lamp Fold-Down

  • 2 NM visibility
  • 5-Year Warranty
  • UV Resistant Construction
  • 9-30V DC
  • Consumption: 1 W
  • IP67 waterproof

Hella 360 Compact Anchor Lamp LED from Apex Lighting

Hella 360 Compact Anchor Lamp LED

  • Operating voltage: 10-33V DC
  • Fully sealed for life, IP67 Certified
  • UV and impact resistant
  • 2 NM visibility
  • Power Consumption: 1W

Example of Anchor Lights in a Sentence

"Many anchor lights must be visible from 2 nautical miles, which is why they’re usually placed on a steel pole, higher than any other navigational lights. "

Synonyms: all round light

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