It’s officially summer! That means sunshine, barbecues and boating! And, if you own a boat, it may also mean that you’re looking to do some upgrades. Have you considered some LED lighting for your boat? You’ve probably seen it on other boats around you and now may be the time for you to upgrade your boat with this technology.
LED stands for light-emitting diode and is a semiconductor device that emits visible light when an electrical current passes through it. LED lighting has many advantages including energy efficiency, durability, and extended life. These advantages and more make it ideal for use on your boat.
But, before you head out to pick up some marine LED lighting for your boat, check out these tips so you can make the best choices.
1. Know the Coast Guard Regulations for LED Lighting for Boats
The United States Coast Guard is the ruling body when it comes to boat safety. As such, you should always consult with their website when it comes to lighting for your boat – especially if you are considering changing the lights that are mandated for navigation purposes. All navigation lighting must be approved by the USCG. There have been some manufacturers that make light sets that don’t meet all the mandated safety regulations.
2. Determine Where You Want Your LED Lighting for Your Boat
Safety is always the priority when it comes to your boat. Make sure your new LED lighting will be positioned in places that will not confuse other boaters. Additionally, you always want to make sure your boat’s operator has a clear and unobstructed view.
3. Choose Marine Grade LED Lights
With the ever-increasing popularity of LED lights, it may seem like you could pick up some lighting at your local big box store and practically be ready to go. After all, they carry waterproof LED lights. But, you want to make sure you are installing marine grade LED lights on your boat. Marine LED lights are designed specifically for use in salt water and fresh water making them safe for use on a boat.
4. Have Your Marine LED Lights Installed by a Professional
Installing your newly chosen LED lights may seem like an easy job, but when it comes to wiring, your boat and the potential for your new lights to be in contact with water, it is always better to leave it to the professionals.
There’s still lots of boating time left this summer and if you’re considering LED lighting for your boat now is the time. Your boat could be decked out in style and ready for a summer of fun on the water.