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Old 04-27-2007, 04:01 PM
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Anyone ever try mounting a remote spotlight upside down?

I can't find a decent spot to mount any of the current models of spotlights. My radar arch is hidden behind the bimini, so I would have to install a strut with the light on it to raise it over the bimini. I have nowhere on the bow to install it without it being behind a bowrail pipe which everyone says the relection blinds you.

So I'm thinking of installing it on the under side of my pulput, kind of hanging down. I'll install a removable wireless one. So it will only be haning there when in use, otherwise I will remove it.

What's ya think?
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Yeah, watch the reflection, it can be terrible. I bought one of those GO Lights and will be mounting it to the front pulpit rail with a removable bracket.
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Old 04-27-2007, 04:24 PM
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I have mounted wired ones upside down, and other than having to switch around the switch wiring so it worked right, it was fine.
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I know that you are not using and ACR spotlight because we do not have a wireless model. FYI ACR Spot lights are not designed to be mounted up side down.

I would consult with the light Mfg to make sure the light you are using will still drain water when mounted upside down.

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ACRguy - 4/27/2007 9:19 PM

I would consult with the light Mfg to make sure the light you are using will still drain water when mounted upside down.
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Birdman - 4/27/2007 2:01 PM

Anyone ever try mounting a remote spotlight upside down?

I can't find a decent spot to mount any of the current models of spotlights.
Can you see in the photo where mine is mounted?



It came that way from the factory. There's a small SS plate welded between the bow rails and it's mounted on that plate. The wires run inside the bow rail.
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prodigalson - 4/27/2007 3:24 PM

I have mounted wired ones upside down, and other than having to switch around the switch wiring so it worked right, it was fine.
Do you recall which brand/model? I had the same thought as Birdman, didn't want it sticking up above the rail.

ACRGuy - Good point about water drainage. Too bad the ACR's won't work in this application, I'd considered those at the top of my list.
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Upside down is fine. As has been said above, just reverse the switch wiring so the light operates "Normally"
Mine's mounted upside down beneath my tower, and works OK.
When it comes to selecting a mounting point, the higher the better.
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rwidman,
I thought about doing that, but I often climb on and off the boat over my bowrail so ti would get in the way.

I spoke to Golight directly, they siad "they don't recommend it", but then explained it can be done if you seal a few points on the light with silicone (around the base, a small vent hole under light...).

BUT, I have decided not to go this route. I'm going to try and get it up on my radar arch somehow. Almost thinking of mounting it ontop of my radom!!!
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FWIW I made a DIY portable mount for the extreme end of my pulpit, just like Ridman's picture shows. Works slick! I also use the light upside-down. You can either orient yourself to the 'upside-down' position or switch the motor leads for the hotizontal movement. While you're in there, one BIG critique to me is that the motor moves way too fast for effective pin-point spotting, so here's an option.

I emailed GoLight and received this response from Colt Hosick of their Service Dept:
"You can put a resistor in the red wire going to the motor. You can start with a 5-watt 60-ohm resistor and vary from there depending on your specifications. The downside is that you will lose a little torque, but it will definitely slow down the rotation. Most people only add this to the horizontal motor, but it can also be put on the vertical motor wire if needed."
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Reel,
I thought about that. What do you use as a power plug? And, how do you connect it to the pipe, with U bolts, and wing nuts or something so you don't need tools to connect/disconnect?

It would be real easy to make a piece of starboard, with some holes for U bolts to attach to my pulpit pipe. But what kind of power plug?
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"You can put a resistor in the red wire going to the motor. You can start with a 5-watt 60-ohm resistor and vary from there depending on your specifications. The downside is that you will lose a little torque, but it will definitely slow down the rotation. Most people only add this to the horizontal motor, but it can also be put on the vertical motor wire if needed."
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Good tip.

I might do that one of these days.

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Reel,
Sent you a PM. How did you attach the "removable mount" (starboard?) to the rails? And, what did you use as a power plug?
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Anyone ever try mounting a remote spotlight upside down?

I can't find a decent spot to mount any of the current models of spotlights.
Can you see in the photo where mine is mounted?



It came that way from the factory. There's a small SS plate welded between the bow rails and it's mounted on that plate. The wires run inside the bow rail.

My Rinker had it's spot light mounted on the top of the bow rail as well, the same way with as above with a metal plate. It worked out great, no reflection. Anything mounted above and behind the deck, the reflection will ruin your night vision every time you turn on the light.
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I've decided to mount it on top of my radom. The light will not hit my bow rail (the bimini is in way), but yet it will hit the water line about 30' in front of the boat. Should be perfect. I called Raymarine, they could nto see any problem with it affecting the radar at all, but I will test that first.
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Why dont you have a bracket made to mount in between the radome & its bracket rather than drilling holes in the radome which needs to be watertight always. Just a thought.

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Thanks for the idea..... I wanted to do that, but then the light beam would be to low and would not make it over the front of the bimini to hit the water. The bottom of my radom is even with the top of the bimini in the front. The bimini slopes down quit a bit as you go back.
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You cant make a bracket to go under the radome, come out & up behind it & a flat plate just above the top and behind the dome to mount the light?
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Yep, I dunn it!!!

I bought the Golight Stryker model 3106 remote control light and mounted it atop my radom. VERY god product, I must say. Comes with a nice and easy and servicable mounting bracket, the wireless remote works very nicely. And the guys saying it goes to fast, this model has a fast/slow button. The slow mode lets you aim perfectly. Maybe you have older models?

The only problem I have is, when my radar is fired up, the rf (wireless) remote doesn't work very good, kinda sparatic because it's mounted so close to the radar array. Before monting, I tested the radar to make sure it was not affected by the light being mounted above it, and that was fine. Never thought to check the remote function with radar on.

So, off to find a thin piece of lead, to put under the light mount, and see if that protects the rf receiver from the radar waves... where do I get a 4" x 4" piece of 1/8" thick lead????
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