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Old 06-29-2019, 01:56 PM
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Default Handheld flood light recommendation requested

Do the LED floodlights work as well as the older incandescent models? The older floods can light up a NAV marker that is miles away. The problem is the incandescent models break very easily. I am assuming the LED floods are more durable. Looking for some advice. Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Do the LED floodlights work as well as the older incandescent models? The older floods can light up a NAV marker that is miles away. The problem is the incandescent models break very easily. I am assuming the LED floods are more durable. Looking for some advice. Thanks in advance.
Hello friend, only halogen spotlights are ideal for water, a different spectrum of light. LED and xenon work worse on water.
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I have one and it works VERY well. It's a lot smaller than the HID, and the light output is better than the HID. I'm a believer.
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Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
Hello friend, only halogen spotlights are ideal for water, a different spectrum of light. LED and xenon work worse on water.
This is just not true, there are many illumination technologies the will work well on your boat, including xenon and LED.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Do the LED floodlights work as well as the older incandescent models? The older floods can light up a NAV marker that is miles away. The problem is the incandescent models break very easily. I am assuming the LED floods are more durable. Looking for some advice. Thanks in advance.
OP, if you are looking to spot markers at night, try one of these.
https://store.marinebeam.com/marineb...or-flashlight/
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You don't want a flood light. You want a spot light. A flood light is used to light up a wide area like your house; spot lights are focused on an item of interest. That being said, it is hard to tell what the lights are until you try them because most advertise them as spot lights even though they may be more like flood lights. This handheld one works well for me and I have used others that did not have as narrow a beam. Easily lights a fluorescent marker board at 2 miles.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S6DS46S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
But to your question: The older incandescent bulbs were more "powerful" but they use a lot more power. My incandescent Halogen search light on the dock can light up the whole river area but it consumes 1000 Watts at 120vac. Way more light than the above handheld at about 30 Watts. But LED's are far more efficient overall and although they are not as powerful as the incandescent bulbs, they are catching up fast.

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I went this way, works great (even on the water as they are designed for boats...)....



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Originally Posted by Mad Hunt View Post


This is just not true, there are many illumination technologies the will work well on your boat, including xenon and LED.
What is good for the road is not good for water. Water absorbs the spectrum of LEDs and xenon, the usual halogen lamp illuminates water more efficiently. The minus of halogens is a huge energy consumption.
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https://www.streamlight.com/en/produ...stinger-led-hl

These are SERIOUS lights. I’ve used one for a couple years commercially. Perfect for spotting markers. And the strobe feature gets even the stubborn light bar assholes to shut them off!!
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Originally Posted by Gordon Shumway View Post
What is good for the road is not good for water. Water absorbs the spectrum of LEDs and xenon, the usual halogen lamp illuminates water more efficiently. The minus of halogens is a huge energy consumption.
Did you read that on a cereal box or see it on the tellie tellie? Maybe that was true 20 years ago, but not today.

Sorry, but modern LED tech can match the color and output of any conventional bulb. They are replacing HID, halogen, xenon and incandescent in just about every application including agriculture.
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Did you read that on a cereal box or see it on the tellie tellie? Maybe that was true 20 years ago, but not today.

Sorry, but modern LED tech can match the color and output of any conventional bulb. They are replacing HID, halogen, xenon and incandescent in just about every application including agriculture.
Don't be rude. I tried all types of searchlights and returned to the halogen. For water it is better not, verified. Halogen has another wavelength.
Led praise those who saw a white floating package for a kilometer, the LED does not see the submerged logs, just as through the haze and fog, a longer wavelength is needed, that is, halogen, in the fog it is better with a low finish.
LED, bright objects highlights brighter, because of this, the view is that the light is more, but it masks dark and slightly reflecting objects.
For the same reason, incandescent lamps are used on the runways, even in ultramodern airports, in the fog they can be seen 2-4 times farther.
It is better to have two searchlights, or a combined one, the LED in good weather picks up all light, brighter than halogen, and halogen raises black and matte, turn off the LED in the fog.
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Halogen spector

Sun spector



Spector xenon


Spector LED


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This whole "headlight" thing on boats nowdays has gone way too far in being dangerous. I just went down to my dock well after dark and over 10 minutes time saw 4 boats coming up the river. All 4 had extremely bright "headlights" on all the time. Good luck to anyone trying to go the other way without at least 40K Lumens of lighting to see anything. They are only supposed to be on briefly to spot markers and objects. I could not even make out the red or green running lights on any of the boats. Pinheads.

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I spent my first night on the water in years on Friday in Narragansett Bay. Good news. Very few boats running "headlights" and mostly judicious use of spotlights. Bad news. Saw lots of boats with NO navigation lights. Lots of distracting red and blue aft facing lights, and my favorite, the green and red strip LED lights, mounted forward as "SIDELIGHTS", each with about 270* arc of visibility. I think they were mounted on the bow rails because I never lost sight of one or the other.

I used a handheld Stanley FatMax a couple times to confirm a couple green cans. Not optimal in a pilothouse boat, The LED versions of remote mounted lights are expensive, but I think that's the route to go next season. Needs to mounted on top of pilothouse to reduce backsplash from deck and rails.

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