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Old 08-10-2018, 05:00 AM
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Any opinions on underwater dock light colors??? Getting a new dock put in and was wondering if one color is better than the others.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:48 AM
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Per another thread on here, we have had just about all types of lights on our dock through the years. Unless you 100% set on them, I would not use them for multiple reasons.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:39 AM
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:38 PM
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The color of your underwater lights (vs projectors) should be dictated by what you want them to do and typical color/clarity of your water.
Make bait? Accent your dock/backyard area? Provide some navigation assistance?...etc
Depth: will they be affixed to piling? mounted under the dock? weighted to the bottom? Suspended in the water column?
Dusk to Dawn? Remote Controlled? On/Off only?
Once you determine your goals, it will make it a lot easier to determine the light(s) you need.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:41 PM
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If you want to see fish most go with Green lights.
It helps you see farther if the water is a bit dirty as well.
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I have tried several, including above Water LEDs.

I have had good success with these https://underwatergreenfishinglights.com/

Call and tell them what you want for your application.

Good luck.
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I don't own any underwater lights but I fish them quite often. I used to love fishing the green underwater lights in the canals but I've found the yellow/white flood lights attached to the dock poles shining out in the water had just as many if not more fish on them. The cast a lot more light, cover a larger area and have to be a lot cheaper.... just my observation.

If I owned a beach house I would have LED floodlights mounted above the water shining down on the water. If I didn't want anyone fishing my dock I would wire them to motion sensors that turn the lights off as soon as motion is detected.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post

I have had good success with these https://underwatergreenfishinglights.com/
Call and tell them what you want for your application.
x2. Have a set from him (David) on my boat and at the beach house. They don't sell the flush mount ones on the website (didn't used to anyway), but if you call him, he'll order them for you. Though their prices have gone up a little since they've relocated and expanded (they started out of a storage unit), I still think they're great quality for the $$.
Might get a discount if you mention that a THT member recommended them.
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Many of us with places on the water in Myrtle Grove, La. have been very successful catching live shrimp and pogies for bait with a cast net under above water lights at night. We throw several hands full of "Tops" dry dog food under the light before we start throwing the net. The main reason we use tops is because it is the only dog food we have found that sinks and it is cheap. Our problem is for some reason it has been taken off the market. Looking for another dry dog food or anything else that may work. Not interested in punching holes in can dog food. Didn't want to high jack this thread, but looks like several of the commenters have docks with lights.
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We have a 300 w. metal halide and a 150w quartz halogen. The metal halide gives off a greenish color light and attracts far more bait fish but the Quartz halogen attract more large preditor fish like Tarpon. the two lights are about 25' apart on the same dock. According to my wife, (lighting engineer recently ret. from Philips LED division) the led's do not emmit the proper light wave length to attract fish. that's why if you switch to led's on your outside lights you will not have as many bugs. So she says but we tried an led and sure enough not as many big fish.
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Don't know you budget, but if you can get these; Lumitec Lighting » Blog Archive Mantis Dock Lighting Kit - Lumitec Lighting you get every color
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldgoat46 View Post
We have a 300 w. metal halide and a 150w quartz halogen. The metal halide gives off a greenish color light and attracts far more bait fish but the Quartz halogen attract more large preditor fish like Tarpon. the two lights are about 25' apart on the same dock. According to my wife, (lighting engineer recently ret. from Philips LED division) the led's do not emmit the proper light wave length to attract fish. that's why if you switch to led's on your outside lights you will not have as many bugs. So she says but we tried an led and sure enough not as many big fish.
Not sure I understand? Is she saying that LED lights don't attract big fish or bait fish (or shrimp)? Not questioning her knowledge because it makes sense. If the LED's don't attract bugs they probably won't attract fish?? I'm interested in attracting bait. Thanks
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If you mount ABOVE water lights and have nearby neighbors, consider the mounting angle and refected light into neighboring camps.

I have both and find more fish on the underwater green lights, by far. Just my experience.
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Originally Posted by rocketman1 View Post
If you mount ABOVE water lights and have nearby neighbors, consider the mounting angle and refected light into neighboring camps.

I have both and find more fish on the underwater green lights, by far. Just my experience.
me too
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
I don't own any underwater lights but I fish them quite often. I used to love fishing the green underwater lights in the canals but I've found the yellow/white flood lights attached to the dock poles shining out in the water had just as many if not more fish on them. The cast a lot more light, cover a larger area and have to be a lot cheaper.... just my observation.

If I owned a beach house I would have LED floodlights mounted above the water shining down on the water. If I didn't want anyone fishing my dock I would wire them to motion sensors that turn the lights off as soon as motion is detected.
A motion sensor that turns OFF when a boat pulls up?? BRILLIANT! We have had problems with passing boats fishing our lights at very odd hours (11:30pm, 2:00am, etc...) and causing a ruckus. Having the lights cut off would be amazing! Alas... I can't find some that cut off on motion and not on. Does this exist?
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A motion sensor that turns OFF when a boat pulls up?? BRILLIANT! We have had problems with passing boats fishing our lights at very odd hours (11:30pm, 2:00am, etc...) and causing a ruckus. Having the lights cut off would be amazing! Alas... I can't find some that cut off on motion and not on. Does this exist?
There's probably a simpler way to do this but this is the redneckified way I would do it.

I think you could use the motion sensor off a regular floodflight. When it sees motion it sends power to the bulb. You could cut the wires to the bulb and connect them to a to a relay. Then you wire your dock lights to a normal light switch. In the line between the switch and the bulb you wire in the relay.

so now when you flip the switch the dock lights come on. But when the motion sensor detects motion it sends power to the relay which opens the circuit and turns the lights off. The light will stay off the predetermined time the original motion floodlight would stay on.

I think this would work but surely there's something designed to do this already...
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Originally Posted by Oldgoat46 View Post
We have a 300 w. metal halide and a 150w quartz halogen. The metal halide gives off a greenish color light and attracts far more bait fish but the Quartz halogen attract more large preditor fish like Tarpon. the two lights are about 25' apart on the same dock. According to my wife, (lighting engineer recently ret. from Philips LED division) the led's do not emmit the proper light wave length to attract fish. that's why if you switch to led's on your outside lights you will not have as many bugs. So she says but we tried an led and sure enough not as many big fish.
So LED's mounted above, shining down on the water are not very good at attracting bait - small fish, shrimp? Makes sense if they don't attract bugs. Neighbor just installed a couple.
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^^^is incorrect. We have eight 50W GLW outdoor LED flood light's that are mounted about 5 feet above the water line and they attract bait and large fish just fine.
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Originally Posted by KimmerIII View Post
^^^is incorrect. We have eight 50W GLW outdoor LED flood light's that are mounted about 5 feet above the water line and they attract bait and large fish just fine.
Agreed. I currently have 2 100w led regular bulbs in two cheap aluminum clip on lamps about 3 ft above the water. I catch plenty of fish off of them. This was my last catch front them. It was cast to those clamp clamp lights you see right there.




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I have been using a deep glow for about 3 years now. Still on original bulb, it burns all night every night. Love watching the bait and fish shows. I bought this one due to the heavy duty design. I take it out and power wash every 2-3 months to keep barnacles and growth off the bottom. Glass dome usually just has some light moss or very small barnacles.


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