Warning Beacon


Definition of Warning Beacon

A warning beacon is a highly visible light signal used to alert people of potentially dangerous situations.

These light signals typically have reflective plates that enhance the overall brightness and visibility of the light. This makes it easier to see the light from all angles and even in low-visibility conditions, such as fog and rain.

Warning beacons work by creating flashing or rotating patterns that alert mariners to the locations of hazards such as a disabled vessel.

They can also be used as navigation aids to signal the location of rocks, reefs, or shallow water; think of them as traffic signals in waterways.

Just like traffic signals, the color of a warning beacon has a very specific meaning. For example, a green warning beacon indicates it’s safe to travel on the left side of a vessel heading upstream.

Light fixtures used on a vessel to indicate distress are also referred to as “warning beacons.” You can use the LED navigation lights to request emergency assistance while underway.

The NaviLED Pro navigation light is an ideal choice for a warning beacon. It has a high-impact acrylic lens that makes it durable in the marine environment. It also has a visibility range of at least two nautical miles and is IP67 waterproof.

“Very easy to install. I’m glad it comes with a long wire to connect easier. It’s also very bright; I would highly recommend it.” — Verified Buyer

Example of Warning Beacon in a Sentence

"The vessel displayed a bright, flashing warning beacon to alert nearby boats of its presence in the foggy conditions."

Synonyms: distress signal

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