Traditionally, incandescent or halogen lighting was the go-to choice for boat builders and owners, however LED lighting is now shaping the future of boat lighting due to its many benefits, such as safety, aesthetics and energy consumption.
Halogen vs LED Pros & Cons
- More cost effective to purchase than LED’s
- Can get extremely hot during normal operation
- 2000 – 4000-hour lifespan
- Consume a lot of energy
- Fire risk due to heat
- Risk of personal injury due to heat and close quarters of a boat
- Stays relatively cool to the touch
- 20,000 – 50,000-hour lifespan
- Approximately 80% more lumens (light) whilst requiring 90% less energy to operate
- Retrofit LED bulbs into incandescent or halogen light fittings
- More expensive to purchase
For navigation lights, underwater lights, cockpit and courtesy lights, work lights and strip lights, LED lighting is extremely versatile and complements today’s architecturally-designed yachts perfectly. Its low energy consumption means that boat builders can use thinner cables without sacrificing safety or quality.
If your boat has old halogen lights that get hot and are inefficient, consider upgrading the bulb to LED
. Not only are they safer, your batteries will thank you for it!
Improving the on-board ambience
Hella Marine’s range of EuroLED 75 downlights
offer outstanding output from the latest LED technology. This performance, in conjunction with a smooth diffused lens, delivers a wide and even illumination to really light up interior and exterior spaces.
Because the LEDs used in the EuroLED 75 downlights have a high colour rendering index (CRI) they also enhance the colours of fabrics, varnishes and (most importantly) people with warm, natural tones. This effect significantly improves the ambience on board, making everyone on board feel more comfortable.
Hella Marine EuroLED 75 lights are also completely sealed and IP67 rated. This means internal electronics are well protected to ensure a long life, and that they can be fitted in either wet or dry locations, inside or outside the cabin. This means you can use the same light fittings for both the interior and exterior to create a clean and consistent lighting plan.
Pimp your boat with LED lighting
Whilst lighting is a requirement for both navigation and practicality, LED lights also allow you to enhance & customise your boat for aesthetic purposes. Underwater lights, strip lighting
and illuminated boat names or logos allow you to really make a boat your own. Our range of Bluefin underwater LED lights
are sure to make your boat-owning mates green with envy.
The Piranha range comes in colours including cobalt blue, diamond white, emerald green or sapphire blue or a dual-colour blue & white version. However, if you want the ultimate in flexibility Bluefin LED have the Piranha P6 multi-colour colour-changing model
. These lights are all surface-mounted and incredibly simple to install, requiring just one small cable entry hole and 3 mounting screws.
If you’re a skipper who is regularly out on the water at night fishing, enjoying a weekend away, or cruising the vast oceans, you can’t go past dual coloured, dimmable cabin lighting
. Set them to white for entertaining or having a feed and then flick them over to red to maintain your night vision and ensure you stay safe out on the water. The importance of good-quality floodlights & deck lights
when night-fishing also can't be underestimated.
There is nothing more frustrating than a globe blowing in one of your navigation lights that are required by law. Consider upgrading your old, tired navigation lights this spring to some new LED navigation lights
. These are sure to give you thousands of hours of trouble-free service so you can be seen by other vessels and avoid a visit from the water police.
Have you ever been let down? Fumbling around in the boat trying to find your trusty torch, only to realise that the battery is completely flat because you left it on last time you went out fishing? Pick yourself up an LED floating dolphin torch
or rechargeable LED head lamp
for hours of trouble-free light at your fingertips.
No matter what combination of LED lights you choose, you can launch the boat knowing that after a great evening or night on the water, your batteries will still have enough power to start the engine and get you home. Avoid crab traps, unlit navigation markers and a multitude of other obstructions with a remote-controlled LED search light
There is no doubt that LED’s are far superior to incandescent or halogen lights. Don’t get caught out on the water…upgrade to LED’s this spring!
If you’re not sure which light is right for you, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 308 161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.