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Old 06-30-2020, 08:40 AM
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Hey folks. Just a quick question on what your preference is for waterproof marine slotlights that meet the legal requirements. I don't want a 5000 lumen light but more like a 1500. There are some EL Cheapos on line starting at real short money but I'm happy to pay more for a quality light.
Anyone have a favorite? TY
Old 06-30-2020, 08:49 AM
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What do you mean by legal requirements? The only legal requirements I know of are your running lights. Spotlights don't fall into that category.
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I stopped using my traditional spots many years ago. My wife loves boating at night, and I had too many issues with night-blindness. I now carry a couple of small, handheld flashlights by Dereelight and ArmyTek. Both fit in my pocket.

Dereelight ? Manufacturer of LED Flashlights and Hunting Light

The Dereelight has an aspheric lens, and throws a pencil beam, so no spilled light, no reflection off the boat, and no night-blindness. I can light up a marker several hundred yards away like an Xmas tree. I was skeptical about it until I used it first hand. Folks giggle when I pull it out, but are shocked by its performance. It's far superior to any spot I've owned.

On nights that are pitch-black, I use the Dereelight. It's pictured on the left. As I said, don't let their size fool you. The ArmyTek on the right has a bit wider beam, so I'll use that one when I'm traveling through areas with crab traps, etc. It also has minimal spill, so night-blindness is reduced significantly. Either will easily outperform a traditional spot from an overall usage/effectiveness perspective.

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Yes, I know it reduces your depth perception, but just close one eye when turning on a spotlight. At least one eye is not blinded.
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I use a Fatmax for now. It's a PITA 'cause I need to reach around the side of the pilothouse, or have my wife shoot through the open port side window.

The right way to do it is high up, or far forward, narrow beam, so you you don't get light reflected back at you.
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The Coast Guard boats at my station have been using one of the LED rechargeables from West Marine. They're a lot better than the old halogen lights we used to have. A lot less bulky, lighter, and they hold a charge much better. With that said, West marine probably just re-branded an imported light...so any rechargeable LED from Amazon or Ebay might be just as good.
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Thanks guys. By legal requirements i thought you needed a strobe light on board but I'm honestly not certain where i got that. So there is no requirement to have a light on board..
When I give it some thought i have a couple of flashlights that work just fine. I think one is 650 lumens and the other is 950. Thats not far fron the spotlights i was looking at and they both have adjustable beams. I keep one in a seal a meal bag with extra batteries on the boat now and i can even use it thru the bag. I guess ill save a few bucks and forget the spot.
thanks..

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