Top Five Benefits of Upgrading

LEDs have made quite an impression on the boating community. Their high output, efficient operation, and cost cutting and maintenance reducing longevity have made them a favorite of boaters everywhere regardless of their vessels make or size

By now most boaters are well aware of the most common benefits to be had when installing LEDs in place of outdated incandescent light fixtures, but this awareness often is not very well rounded, and much of what makes LEDs so ideal is missed. Below you’ll find my top five reasons why upgrading your boats’ lighting to LEDs is beneficial. Some of them you may already know, others you may not, and still some might be more involved than you initially thought. Follow along as we go through them to learn more about what makes LEDs so great for your boat.

1. Efficiency.

This is the big one, and the one that is responsible for the greatest migration of boaters towards LED lighting. As just about any boater knows, onboard lighting can be a real headache when it comes to managing power consumption. Just a pair of high power halogen spreaders can drain batteries in a relatively short period of time, and the though of running those in tandem with full on cabin lighting at the same time can send a shiver down any skippers spine. LEDs take the worry out of power consumption and let skippers actually enjoy their onboard lighting the way it was meant to be used. With a typical LED boat light producing up to 90 lumens per watt compared to a halogens 17 lumens per watt, skippers can cut their entire power consumption from light use by up to ¾. This means where your boat once pulled 32 amps with all the lights running, it will sip a eager 8 amps. That kind of efficiency will never be possible with incandescent bulbs, and really lets a skipper enjoy his onboard lighting with far less worry and concern.

2. Longevity.

Few things are as unenjoyable for a sail boater as having to climb a mast to replace an anchor or masthead light. It’s even worse when you are talking about larger boats with very high masts and incandescent bulbs that can burn out or fail several times a year. Imagine, however, only having to replace these lights once every 5-10 or so years. This is the kind of longevity LEDs provide boaters with. Even power boaters and luxury yacht owners can enjoy great longevity benefits from switching to LEDs. With LEDs lasting up to 10 years, you’ll stop spending money on replacement bulbs, spend less money and time on maintenance, and you won’t find yourself dealing with bulbs burning out at the worst possible times. Although they cost more initially, the high efficiency of LEDs combined with their extreme longevity means they’ll pay for themselves within a couple years, and from then on its pure savings as you enjoy your updated and hassle free lighting.

3. High Durability.

One of the big complaints among boaters, especially power boaters, long range cruisers, and commercial fishers, is the tendency of their incandescent lighting to fail under rough conditions. Under heavy seas, driving rain, and the pounding from plowing through waves, the fragile incandescent bulb just can’t handle the abuse. In the majority of cases, the thin wire filament in the bulb simply breaks apart under the stress of being banged around and subjected to constant vibrations. LEDs on the other hand are a totally different animal and can take such conditions in stride. LEDs are known as solid state lighting, which essentially means the LED is more like a transistor than a light bulb. LEDs have no glass bulb, no vacuum or internal gases, and most importantly, no fragile wire filament to break or burn out. When installed in a quality housing with quality hardware, a marine grade LED light can withstand rough conditions that would cause a standard incandescent to fail, and will keep on running without so much as a flicker in output.


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