The Gold Standard

Published in the August 2012 Issue August 2012 Ask The Expert

For long life and durability, navigation lights must be rugged enough to stand up to the elements. This is especially important for a light's electrical contacts. Perko was the first and is one of the only manufacturers to utilize gold-plated contacts for reliable connections and superior corrosion resistance.

Most metals will develop a thin oxide layer or even pit over time when exposed to air, jeopardizing a solid electrical connection. Gold resists oxidation and maintains a reliable, smooth conductive surface. Gold-plated connections are offered on hundreds of Perko navigation lights including deck-mounted lights, pole lights, pole light mounting bases and combination packages. For the most reliable connections in the harsh marine environment, consumers should look for the black and gold "Gold Plated Contacts" symbol in the Perko catalog and on its packaging.

Perko manufactures an extensive array of marine hardware, lighting and fuel system components.

For more information call 305-621-7525 or visit

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