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Where Can I Buy Good LED Boat Lights?
Oct 24, 2018

LED boat lights has very high requirements for luminaires, as LED boat deck lights have always been used on highly corrosive seaside, offshore, or fishing vessels. Therefore, if the company's boat lights is very famous, then other lighting products of his family will not be very bad.

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The LED boat lights produced by razorlux have been tested in harsh environments such as Norway and Iceland, and have received great praise. If you are still considering the choice of marine lighting, then choose Razorlux.

Next we talk about how to choose a good ship lighting fixture.

Here are six key factors to keep in mind when selecting and installing LEDs.

No. 1: Insist on Marine Grade LED Lighting

Resist the temptation to install nonmarine lights on your boat. Marine-grade LEDs feature housings that resist corrosion in a saltwater environment, while others — even LEDs designed for outdoor and garden uses — will likely succumb to the rigors of briny applications.

LEDs for boats also come sealed to prevent water intrusion. Look for the highest waterproof ratings of IP 67 and IP 6K9K.

No. 2: Research Coast Guard Compliance

Make sure the new LEDs meet Coast Guard regulations and guidelines set by the American Boat and Yacht Council. Red (port) and green (starboard) side marker lights, for example, should illuminate a sector spanning 112.5 degrees from dead ahead to aft on each side.

In addition, each LED nav light — including the white all-around light — should meet the Coast Guard and ABYC requirements for visibility range. These regulations change with the size of the vessel, but for boats under 40 feet, the required visibility range is 2 nautical miles.

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No. 3: Use the Right Lighting Angles

The angle of illumination serves an important function and is largely determined by the lens. For courtesy and spreader lights, for instance, you want a fairly wide beam — at least 50 degrees — to adequately illuminate a cockpit or walkway. A wide beam also helps ­minimize dark shadows that might impair visibility.

For a chart light or spotlight, on the other hand, a narrower beam of about 20 degrees better focuses on a specific object and direction, be it near or far.

No. 4: Select LEDs With the Same Footprint

If you are replacing an old ­incandescent, try to select an LED that fits the same cutout or bracket, a practice that will save you time, work and money in patching or enlarging holes or creating an adapter for the new LED fixture. This proves especially important when retrofitting your boat with underwater LEDs. Repairing a hole below the waterline can get expensive.

Finding an equivalent replacement might not always be possible, but these matchups do exist. Hella’s Slim Line LED courtesy lights, for instance, fit the same hole as the old Perko round incandescent courtesy lights — a swap-out I made on my boat a few years ago.

No. 5: Avoid EMI

A regulator within the LED ­microcircuit continually switches voltage to the diode off and on. If the regulator is not properly shielded, the wire leading to the LED emits radio frequencies that interfere with onboard electronics. This electromagnetic interference can manifest in peculiarities such as VHF radio interference, static on a stereo, and “hash” on a fish-finder screen. The best way to avoid EMI is to look for the “CE” designation on the marine LED fixture. This indicates that the manufacturer has complied with Conformité Européenne (European conformity) in shielding the LED.

No. 6: Be Careful with Colored LEDs

An LED’s ability to deliver a rainbow of bright colors can also lead to trouble. The Coast Guard recently issued a warning that haphazard placement and use of decorative LEDs such as rope lights or underwater lights might violate the agency’s navigational light provisions.

The Coast Guard also cautioned against the use of certain colors for underwater LEDs. In a November 2015 bulletin, the agency stated, “For instance, blue underwater LED lights can appear to be flashing if there is any wave action, giving the appearance of a flashing blue light only authorized to be used by law enforcement vessels.”

The lesson here: Don’t go overboard in your zest for marine LEDs. Carefully select, install and utilize LED technology, and you’ll improve your boat, your fishing experience and your safety when fishing at night.
If you want led boat lights, please contact us at email: info@razorlux.com.