Best Color Cockpit Lighting for Night Travel

Old 05-14-2020, 06:36 AM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Pelican State
Posts: 101
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default Best Color Cockpit Lighting for Night Travel

I've heard red is the best color to not affect vision when operating a vessel at night, is this true? Looking to confirm. Thanks.
Old 05-14-2020, 09:13 AM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,140
Received 876 Likes on 494 Posts

Yes, red is best and for me purple also works good. Any other color and it starts to blind and reflect to much off T-top, dash ,etc..
Old 05-14-2020, 09:31 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 288
Received 200 Likes on 101 Posts

there is a reason it is used in military planes.
Old 05-14-2020, 09:34 AM
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: West coast FL
Posts: 117
Received 19 Likes on 17 Posts

Red or green. Actually the military uses these two colors.
Old 05-14-2020, 09:36 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: SoCal
Posts: 145
Received 56 Likes on 35 Posts

I recently asked myself that question. While red has been the traditional, most recent studies appear to support green or blue-green. Google it and you will find plenty of information. One even states that the military has switched away from red for green.
Old 05-14-2020, 09:41 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ft Lauderdale Fl
Posts: 6,027
Received 174 Likes on 108 Posts

Best color for running at night, BLACK!!!!!!
Old 05-14-2020, 10:56 AM
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southeast Alaska
Posts: 6,344
Received 1,385 Likes on 622 Posts

It's my understanding that the Coast Guard has transitioned away from red in their H 60 Seahawk but their smaller dolphins are still red.
When I was making this decision I asked a few questions on the forum and received that red attracts fewer insects, blue and white were similar in their ability to attract insects.
Old 05-18-2020, 12:48 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 11
Received 3 Likes on 2 Posts

Red is still the most commonly used on commercial ships. At least in my experience sailing in the US merchant marines.
Old 05-22-2020, 06:36 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Jupiter Fl
Posts: 68
Received 13 Likes on 9 Posts

Aviation uses red or green at night for cockpit lighting. But that’s only for reading maps and pushing buttons... flying is done with cockpit lights OFF for the best night vision and glare protection.
Old 05-22-2020, 07:43 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 739
Received 845 Likes on 409 Posts

Not many red lights in military aircraft anymore. Red is bad when mixed with NVGs. Green is more NVG friendly. The 737 glass cockpits use the same colors as daytime, you just turn the illumination down low. You still have to be able to see the instruments so turning the lights completely off at night would not be the best option.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.