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Author: Boat Accessories Australia Date Posted: 24 February 2016
No matter what size boat you have, proper marine lighting is essential for navigating at night as well as alerting other vessels to your location to avoid collisions.
While standard halogen or incandescent bulbs were used in the past, many boat users are choosing to use LED lights for their extremely low heat emission and efficiency.
An LED (Light Emitting Diode) uses a two-lead semiconductor light source that when combined with voltage releases energy in the form of photons, creating electroluminescence in the form of light.
|Basic Construction of an LED||Marine Light LED Bayonet Bulb|
At sea, power is often a scarce resource. Highly efficient and durable LED lighting has a substantial role to play in conserving energy and enhancing a vessel without sacrificing functionality or compromising safety.
Compared to standard halogen lamps, LED offers a longer runtime (around 10,000 to 50,000 hours), stay much cooler (most wattage LED can be touched while powered and lit) and have a wider working voltage range making them convenient for specific applications.
To prove this point, LED manufacturer Hella Marine installed an LED lighting system specified for a Maritimo 73-foot motor yacht that drew less than 7 Amps. To illuminate the same interior layout with halogen lamps would have totaled over 62 Amps.
The reduction in cable size and weight together with the safety aspects of an almost zero heat signature was also highly beneficial.
|Maritimo 73' Motor Yacht (with LED Installed)||Maritimo LED vs Halogen Current Draw|
There are many brands such as Dr LED that offer LED bulbs designed to replace standard halogen and festoon globes, making retro-fitting a snap.
For our full LED lighting range, check out our marine lighting page here and upgrade to a more efficient lighting setup for your boat today!