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Best Trailer Lamps For Use in Saltwater
|Author||Topic: Best Trailer Lamps For Use in Saltwater|
|Lil Ole Boat||
posted 06-02-2010 10:11 AM ET (US)
I have never had good luck with trailer lamps. I am about to put a new set [of lamps] on my trailer and would like to buy the best [lamps] if it means that [the best lamps] are going to be less troublesome. What is the brand or style [of trailer lamps] of choice?
posted 06-02-2010 11:12 AM ET (US)
posted 06-02-2010 12:42 PM ET (US)
Pipelights on PVC guide-ons. Nothing goes in the water.
posted 06-02-2010 02:39 PM ET (US)
In theory- the LED trailer lights "should" last longer cause the LED's and circuit board are potted (epoxied/sealed) as a one piece assembly. But, you will still have corrosion problems where there are connections between wires- like the pigtails from the LED light fixture connection to your trailer wiring harness. I just looked at my Jetski trailer this weekend and noticed the green lead from the LED assembly had separated from the barrel connector to the trailer harness.
Other nice thing with LED trailer lights is that each assembly has 10-20+ LED inside, even if one or two LED's die the array continues to function unlike conventional single bulb incandescent trailer lights.
Many LED's have a lifetime warranty too (check them out on Amazon).
posted 06-02-2010 03:43 PM ET (US)
I agree with tedious above!!
You can put a man on the moon......but don't expect a set of trailer lights to go much more than one season.....unless they are set up to never get submerged!!
posted 06-02-2010 03:47 PM ET (US)
I hange my lights on the lifting rings on the outside of the hull, I run/lay the wire on the inside of the boat and plug them into the connection at your tow vechicle. I do not keep lights on/connected to my trailer. I have had the same lights for over 35 years, they never touch the water. Takes a little longer but I never have trouble with my lights. Lights do not last once they hit the water I do not care what you have...
posted 06-02-2010 04:59 PM ET (US)
5 years on my LED's and they are as good as new.
Have launched about 40 times a year, all salt water. The lights are always submerged when I launch. I generally rinse with a hose after retrieval, but sometimes it's a few weeks between washes. Bottom line is that I don't baby them.
The trick of long life is to solder any connections, and then to use tool dip or any of the paint-on "liquid electrical tape" products. Use many thin layers of the paint-on stuff and it'll be waterproof forever. The lights are not the weak point, the wiring is. Use care in installation and it'll pay dividends.
posted 06-02-2010 05:36 PM ET (US)
LEDs. Peterson makes excellent lights with a superior warranty. Mine lasted several years and were going strong when the boat sold.
They have a web site. Google?
posted 06-02-2010 11:48 PM ET (US)
Moved to SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL.
posted 06-03-2010 09:36 AM ET (US)
The DRY LAUNCH brand of trailer lighting devices has a good reputation. DRY LAUNCH lamps were the subject of a prior discussion at
posted 06-03-2010 09:59 AM ET (US)
I get three/four years out of these in saltwater. Grease the sockets during regular mantinance. I use heatshrink marine crimp connecters. Plus carry a spare when you back into something :) I can't use PVC pipes because of the way I retrieve my boat.
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