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Soho posted 09-18-2001 04:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for Soho   Send Email to Soho  
I am in the process of refurbishing my homemade console on my Nauset ( sorry not a copy of the original...) I found some LED lights at a marine store yesterday that will be perfect to put into the sides and front of the console, low down, to provide sort of courtesy lights for those few occasions when I am on the boat at night. They give a pretty good light, are low draw and a self contained, waterproof unit. Rated at some 10,000 hours of life. They are designed for use in live wells, pools and "mood lighting". Simply drill about a 5/8 inch hole and insert the light, the top piece is convex plastic so the instalation looks a bit like a small blister. They come in red, green, blue and white. Cost me $21 here, which should be about 12$ in the US. Came from a company called "innovative lighting" - but their website seems to be dead at present.

Anyhow, I just thought I would pass this along as I thought that they were a great solution for waterproof lighting on a boat.

Apologies if this was something you all knew about already, for me it was a great revelation !



Sam Collins posted 09-18-2001 07:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
I am interested in the light. What is the web page or where can they be had. Thanks
Soho posted 09-18-2001 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

The website is, but it has not responded during the last two days. I got them here in Bermuda, so I don't imagine that helps much either. I will post the address from the actual package on this thread tommorrow.



Soho posted 09-19-2001 08:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

Details off the package are

Innovative Lighting Incorporated
813 N Roan St
Algona IA 50511

"LED Flush Mount Light"

Dimensions 1"x1.25" x .68"
Required 11/16 hole for mounting

Amber, Red, Blue, Green or White
Rated at 100,000 hours < 50ma @ 12 volts

Please let me know if you are able to dig up a source for these as I would like to get more and if I can get them for less then the $21 I paid here, so much the better.



AZdave posted 09-19-2001 05:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for AZdave  Send Email to AZdave     
I have been meaning to make up some LED lights for fishing at night. I think these would have to be below the gunwhale or turned off when underway. If you are interested in rolling your own there is information at and at
Some LED's and resistors can be found at Radio Shack. The red LED's are a cinch to find. White LED's are harder to find, particularly when buying small numbers. The red LED's should be better for illumination at night as they do not degrade night vision. Hope this is of use to some of you. I know many of you have forgotten more about electical circuits and devices than I will ever know. Dave
triblet posted 09-19-2001 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There's a whole selection of LED lights on
page 616 of the current West Marine master

Much easier than wiring up resistors and


kingfish posted 09-19-2001 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I put Piranha LED's on my trailer - red stop/turns on the trailer rear and on top of the rear guide posts (4 altogether) and amber clearance lights on each fender and at the top of the guide posts (4 altogether). I love them, they are absolutely watertight - hermetically sealed - and are way brighter, especially in the daytime than ordinary lights. It's just that I had to mortgage the house to afford them...
triblet posted 09-20-2001 12:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Kingfish, how did you handle the license
plate light? I'm planning to install LED
lights on my trailer the next time a tail
light starts rusting out, and the license
plate light has me stumped.


kingfish posted 09-20-2001 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

My system may fall apart at the license plate light...I bought a simple, seperate light from an auto parts store (more or less a chrome half-cylinder with a narrow flange all the way around and a rectangular cut out on the bottom side that exposes a part of the translucent plastic half-cylinder that is nested within through which the light from the bulb shines). I then did my best to hermetically seal that with liquid electrical tape and set the whole thing into a bed of 3M 4200 when I screwed it into the bracket for the license plate. I don't know for sure how well this will work over the long haul, we'll just have to see.

If you have been looking into LED's you either have or will realize you'll probably need to develop brackets for them. I had a local sheet metal shop break them to my specifications from 10 gauge (if my memory serves) aluminum and make the oval cut-outs; you might want to use stainless for your saltwater environment. It does turn out that whether you order the flange style *or* the grommet style, you still have to have the properly sized oval cut-out (different size for the different styles) and about 2 or 3 inches clear behind the face of the mounting surface.

If you are interested, I'd be happy to e-mail you copies of the sketches I sent to the sheet metal shop and/or photos of the lights in place.

Let me know-


kingfish posted 09-20-2001 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
p.s. - *I* used oval lights; *you* may want to use round ones-

simonmeridew posted 09-21-2001 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
sorry I may have missed something. The Piranha lights. where do you get them? My trailer lights have gone south and I'm looking for something that will last more than 2 years.
kingfish posted 09-21-2001 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Petersen Lights (recently bought out by another company with similar name, like, "Robertson", or something). I think there is still a substantial website for Petersen Lights, though. They're largely for the trucking industry. I'm sure that West Marine is carrying a few of the Piranha lights of the type I talked about above-


kingfish posted 09-21-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish's "Peterson", not "Petersen"-

lhg posted 09-21-2001 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I use Dry-Launch brand waterproof (truly) round trailer lights (convential lamps) and swear by them. 13 years old, never disconnected for launching, and still going strong. I think they are the best available.
kingfish posted 09-21-2001 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

That's quite a record for *any* kind of trailer light! The claim for these LED's is 100,000 hours - I should live so long - we'll just have to compare histories a couple of decades hence...


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