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Old 01-17-2015, 09:12 AM
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Looking for suggestions for an LED light that will really throw some illumination when we run offshore at night. I know I can't run with it on continuously but when running to the canyons at 3am it would be nice to have something that would really light the way. Already have front and rear spreaders, so I am thinking this could replace the front spreader ?
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:17 AM
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You didn't say how much you want to spend or how much light you want...

I went with a 40 degree pattern on a VisionX industrial Pitmaster, 30 LEDs, 150 watts and it is about 8"Hx11"W and 6" deep. Lights up the darkness pretty good!
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:31 AM
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I'd recommend going the other way, and installing night vision gear of some type.

I used to run offshore San Diego on a 26' SportCraft with a couple of forward facing lights. Glare was often a problem, though the lights did help at times. Once my eyes got acclimated to the darkness, it became preferable to run to run without the lights.

The lights WERE a godsend when entering and leaving port.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:32 AM
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I'm not worried about the cost as much as quality and illumination. I have 3 spreader lights on the boat now ( 2 rear & 1 front) so I can switch out all three and just put the front on a separate switch or just replace the front. Would like to stay under 500.00 but if what I need is more "welcome to boating " Thanks for the help
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Hate to point this out and sound preachy, but people who feel a need to use bright white forward lights while running offshore are a nightmare for the rest of us. It takes 15-20 minutes to fully adapt night vision and a few seconds of someone running towards you shining a spot or having big LEDs like you are asking about ruins it and blinds. The USCG rules do not allow any lights that interfere with the required running lights while under way, which your "really throw some illumination" light would no doubt do.

I understand people using a spot for a few seconds sometimes to pick out buoys or identify flotsam. Running with "headlights" is different story.

Anchored up at the canyons with a fleet and lit up like a shopping center parking lot isn't great either but at least no one is running along at 25 kts and it kind of helps.
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If money is no object check out the ones from Rigid Industries. They have a hybrid flood/spot that looks incredible but whoa are they pricey. I want one!
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Originally Posted by Bertram Bahia Mar View Post
If money is no object check out the ones from Rigid Industries. They have a hybrid flood/spot that looks incredible but whoa are they pricey. I want one!
This, I am putting one on now
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We sell quite a few of these from what you are describing. They come in 20, 30, 40 and 50 inch lengths. Hope this helps. http://www.internationalmarineservic.../rig-82261.htm

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Originally Posted by cuzzon View Post
This, I am putting one on now
Can you please share some facts? Boat size, light size and model? . Here or in a P.M. Thanks . I wanna do this over the winter as well. It will be used in an appropriate manner. Not as a headlight.
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I have the 40" rigid industries combo on my boat, but I really only use it if I need to come through the marsh or leaving and exiting the marina complex when no one else is around. Offshore, you won't make many friends if you fire that light canon up.

Night vision is the key for what you want to do.
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Rigid is also well known on the other side of the pond. ( Europe)
Ok, not cheap but powerfull and a good balance between price and quality.
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Originally Posted by ClassicGuy View Post
Hate to point this out and sound preachy, but people who feel a need to use bright white forward lights while running offshore are a nightmare for the rest of us. It takes 15-20 minutes to fully adapt night vision and a few seconds of someone running towards you shining a spot or having big LEDs like you are asking about ruins it and blinds. The USCG rules do not allow any lights that interfere with the required running lights while under way, which your "really throw some illumination" light would no doubt do.

I understand people using a spot for a few seconds sometimes to pick out buoys or identify flotsam. Running with "headlights" is different story.

Anchored up at the canyons with a fleet and lit up like a shopping center parking lot isn't great either but at least no one is running along at 25 kts and it kind of helps.
x2. After 29 years of boat ownership, I find that I don't want any lights blinding me. Using a combination of a look out, quality radar and chartplotter is a better choice for me than a light that just reflects off the water and doesn't do a good job of illuminating anything until it is too late.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I know the "bright lights" while running is a problem for some but I was just trying to add another layer of safety for our trips offshore.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I know the "bright lights" while running is a problem for some but I was just trying to add another layer of safety for our trips offshore.
It's not just "a problem for some", it is a violation of the Coast Guard rules on navigation lights to have the bright lights on while under way. If you encounter a Coast Guard crew that wants to throw the book at you, you can be fined and even have your voyage terminated for operating in an unsafe condition.

Just so you are clear that it is not really your choice to "add another layer of safety" if that means running with bright lights on.
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Damn. Party boats around here are lit up like the top of the Empire State Building while running offshore. Private boaters seems more considerate of others.
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The tows that come through the Intracoastal will absolutely blind you from a mile away. Are they in violation of CG regs?
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Originally Posted by Bertram Bahia Mar View Post
Can you please share some facts? Boat size, light size and model? . Here or in a P.M. Thanks . I wanna do this over the winter as well. It will be used in an appropriate manner. Not as a headlight.
I am going with the 50" spot/flood, about $1,700 on my 42 ft express
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I strongly agree with the post that complains about people who run with their floodlights on at night. You can't see anything since the light reflects off the water. Running at night with nothing but navigation lights is the way to go. Your eyes adjust.

When you need a good floodlight, I found a whole variety of them a couple of years ago at YachtLights.com. I installed 5 of these to replace the traditional halogen floods that came apart in a hurricane ...
http://www.yachtlights.com/110V-LED-...ght_p_643.html We built flush mounts out of PVC board that looked nice. Being LED, they do not draw much power.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:47 AM
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Check out Lumitech and or Scandvik. They have several led spreader lights to choose from including flush mount spreaders if need be. I personally went with the scandvik flush mounts they have. Very very bright and a fraction of the price of other led flush mounts!
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