Underwater Lights

Discussion in 'Installation Photos/Specs' started by Petep, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    Anyone istalled a set of these? I'm seeing more and more of these lights appearing on "normal size" boats ..not just the mega-yachts. Any tips on how many needed, install, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Oh Me!! - 280 DA

    Oh Me!! - 280 DA New Member

    67
    Oct 4, 2006
    Cumming, GA
    That will be our Christmas present to the Oh Me!! I would also be interested in kinds, installation tips, costs, etc! They really look great when anchored out!
     
  3. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

    230
    Oct 5, 2006
    midwest
    200 br
    5.0L MPI, Bravo 3
    On the old SRO forum some guys were using "pond lights" as an inexpensive alternative. Apparently they work on 12 volts.
     
  4. BOEmarine

    BOEmarine New Member

    45
    Mar 10, 2005
    Underwater lights are a very cool addition to any boat. They have been coming down in price nicely too. We basically offer 3 styles of them. The easiest to install is a surface mounted light that mounts similar to a transom mounted transducer. If you have limited access to your transom from the inside this is a nice way to go. Then there are two types of thru-hull lights, one is flush mounted and the other protrudes from the surface but requires a smaller hole than the flush version. All come in various wattages.

    UNDERWATER LIGHTS
     
  5. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    Thanks for the reply, but tell me the difference between Xenon and Halogen vs. the LED lights that I saw you sell. My freinds that have these have all spend alot on them and said you "get what you pay for". Which have come down in price - all three types? Are two enough? I have seen three on most the bigger boats. I want the bulbs to be replaceable from INSIDE the enging room-are the ones you sell that way? How do I install these? Circle hole saw & 5200????
    Thanks
     
  6. BOEmarine

    BOEmarine New Member

    45
    Mar 10, 2005
    They install just like a thru-hull transducer. You can use 5200 if you want, but 4200 is plenty sufficient. As far as replacing the bulbs from the inside? I think the flush mount version of this light can do that but I'm not sure. They will last for something like 60,000 hrs so if you forgot to turn them off one day you would need to come back 6 years later to see one burned out. I am not well versed enough on halogen vs xenon vs LED to tell you the pros and cons of each but Ocean LED put together a good FAQ on their lights: http://www.oceanled.com/new_site1/faq.html

    They do a comparison of Xenon and Halogen lights in the FAQ.
     
  7. slack250

    slack250 New Member

    338
    Oct 2, 2006
    The Colony, TX
    I went for a slightly cheaper version, and used 1 w. white LED sealed lights from www.plasmaled.com

    They work great!
     
  8. thunderbird1

    thunderbird1 New Member

    365
    Oct 4, 2006
    Pacific Northwest
    We have factory-installed underwater lights on our 260. They add a certain cool factor at night, but to be honest we haven't used them much.

    As I didn't receive any documentation in my manual packet, I have no idea what product the factory installed. Anyone know what brand Sea Ray uses?
     
  9. DiMisa1977

    DiMisa1977 New Member

    69
    Nov 18, 2006
    this is an option i am gonna opt for, anyone have any pics of THEIR boats illuminated at night?
     
  10. ylwjacket

    ylwjacket New Member

    513
    Dec 15, 2006
    Tampa Bay
    how do you wire those? do you run a wire from the platform all the way to the helm switches?
     
  11. Robski97

    Robski97 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jan 15, 2007
    North Bellmore, NY
    44DA
    Cummins QSC 8.3's
    Guys i dont know if the subject is dead ... But i have 2 HID 55watt installed . They are BRIGHT!!!!

    But remember the lenses have to cleaned of growth regularly ... and the clarity of the water ur in... If ur in pea soup... well guess what... u dont see anyting ...

    IMHO the HID's are most costly but give us outstanding clear white light. the Halogens less money and less bright. LEDS are the cheapest and gice off the least light.

    But again ... Wattage is a factor , # of lights installed.

    I have 2 on my 44. I have seen 3 but only with LEDS.

    If ur just looking to light up the transom for looks .. LEDS will be fine..

    THE HIDS cast the furthest light. LEDS the least

    Rob
     
  12. slack250

    slack250 New Member

    338
    Oct 2, 2006
    The Colony, TX
    Robski is correct. The LEDs I have are mounted under the swim platform, firing down. They do an excellent job of illuminating the swimplatform above the water and do penetrate the water a bit which does bring up some fishes, etc. They aren't mounted on the transom nor are they "underwater", but the ones I purchased are sealed and waterproof, I might test a few out underwater and see what they do.

    Also, I do not have a genset so I didn't want high draw lights sucking the juice out of my batts and didn't want to have the enging going the whole time, so LEDs were the answer to my needs. I can leave them on all night with no problems. :thumbsup:
     
  13. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I taped two flashlights to my swim platform with duct tape. :smt043 :smt043 :smt043

    I got the idea from some Canbote folks! :grin: :wink:

    What's that.........you don't believe me? :huh:
     
  14. slack250

    slack250 New Member

    338
    Oct 2, 2006
    The Colony, TX
    uh uh.... nope. :smt015
     
  15. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    OK, still working on which lights to get for my boat, My wife wants Blue LED's The 2010's on BOE's site look like white only. Can you get these in Blue? The one's with the (only) 1" hole look like you cannot change any bulbs/elements from the engine room. Looked at some at the Miami boat show from Austriala made by Aqualuma. They looked nice for the money ($800 each). My dealer says he will put some Perkos in for me, but they don't look like they have enough light output for us. The Perko's are also white only. Tough decisions here on this one 'cause when you drill these holes, In they go and you live with them! How many do you recomend I need for my 460 w/a lift platform. Don't tell me 6 cause these things are expensive!
     
  16. osd9

    osd9 New Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    MidAtlantic
    2003 410DA
    Caterpillar 3126-TA w/ ZF 80-IV
    Hey Pete....you could duct tape two dive lights under your platform and then lower the platform....instant underwater lights..... :grin: ...oh oh...may be patent infringement on Dave S.....


    On a serious note, with the hydraulic platform, you seem to have a different issue to be concerned with....the one that comes to mind, is aesthetics....As I remember....and don't take this the wrong way......the hydraulics aren't exactly something pretty to highlight.... the ones that I've seen, especially as the season progresses...so does the growth on the underwater "stuff".

    but, on the other hand...it will certainly have you diving under more ofter to keep things clean.... :grin:
     
  17. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    Dom, you think I let something "grow" on our baby. That's how we cool off in the summer - swimming with a brush! Really, in the fresh water we don;t have a problem and the fact that our boat is always on the move helps too!
     
  18. Petep

    Petep New Member

    517
    Oct 5, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    460 Sundancer
    Cummins 480CE
    It looks like we have found the right underwater lights for our boat. We learned a lot at the Miami Boat Show and liked what we saw and learned from Carl the inventor/owner of Aqualuma LED lights. At first we didn’t like the idea of purchasing from a company out of Australia. But our local marine store just picked up the line and we have ordered 3 AquaLuma, wide angle blue lights. These lights can be wired 12v or 24v, no additional driver is needed and draw less than .4 amps each (at 12v). Hopefully, by next weekend we will have them installed.
     
  19. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    You know we will want to see pictures :grin:

    Wesley
     
  20. slack250

    slack250 New Member

    338
    Oct 2, 2006
    The Colony, TX

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