LED Lights For Boating At Night

With Summer right around the corner, you are getting your boat ready to hit the lakes. This time of year everyone and their brothers are hitting the water, making lakes a very crowded place to be. A great alternative is going out after everyone else has returned home. Night boating is becoming popular with many, but there are precautions that should be considered for your safety.

Like everyone else who owns a boat, you know you have to check every detail to make sure your boat sea-worthy from bow, stern, port and starboard. There are some precautions that can be easily overlooked, especially if you are planning on boating at night. Being out on the lake at night is a wonderful experience whether you are enjoying a small party on your cruiser or gently gliding along on your sailboat.

Being out on the lake at night calls for a great deal of awareness of your surroundings. Horizons disappear as the sun sets, other boats are more difficult to spot and objects in the water can go unnoticed until you sail over them and the damage is done. Any number of accidents can occur that during daylight hours probably would not. Here are some suggestions to take into consideration if you are planning on spending your evenings on the lake.

Night Boating Made Easy!

Safety First

Being out on the lake with family and friends is an absolutely wonderful experience. The water is much calmer in the evening, a full moon reflecting off the water is glorious and the distant sounds of nature are spectacular!

Keep in mind that one of your top most concerns will be making sure you can see what’s going on around you and that others on the lake can easily see you as well.

You should have really high quality lighting that DP9X3W produces 1800 lumens of excellent LED light, allowing other boaters to see you very clearly. If you are water surfing, even though you have underwater lights, you need to move slow and steadily. Stay in communication with others on your boat as well as your water surfer to insure everyone is safe and sound.

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Note: LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes

When getting your boat ready for the water it’s a good idea to install high quality underwater LED lights so you can safely enjoy boating at night. The DP9X3W is the perfect choice for any boat that will be on the water in the night hours.

This is one of the very best lighting setups on the market to date. Your boat, your passengers or even surfers will be completely illuminated for all to see. You will also be able to detect any foreign matter that you might heading toward.

Slow Down

Don’t be in a rush, at night you have limited visibility. During the day hours, it’s relatively easy to spot debris in the water, at night dark waters hide these potential disasters. Another thing to keep in mind, shoreline lights might be beautiful, but they also hide navigational lights on boats that are actually a great deal closer than they appear.

In most states, it’s the law to keep your speed down at night. You should contact your local Coast Guard, Auxiliary or Power Squadron to understand the rules and regulations in your area. Also, if you are in another state, their rules and regulations might vary.

Your Compass

Always check your compass and GPS that everything is working properly. Before going out on the water at night, take a trip during the day. You need to be familiar with your surroundings and the best way to do that is during the daylight hours. While out on the lake check your compass and GPS readings from various areas of the lake in relation to the shore. Look around for any areas that have obstacles that are above the water and those hidden beneath. Note these areas with your compass so you can steer clear of them at night.

Watch Out For Your Lights

Lights on your boat operate in a completely different way then your car’s headlights. Your search lights can totally blind a oncoming vessel creating a very dangerous situation. Keep in mind, lights reflect off the water that can disconcert the pilot on the other vessel as well as yourself. The lights on your instrument panel should also be on dim because they will reflect off your windshield making it difficult to see where you are and where you are going.

Know All Your Navigational Lights

You should know and understand all your navigational lights from starboard sides to port, from stern to bow. If you need help understanding these lights, your local Coast Guard offers courses for boaters.

Stay Focused

You know that distractions on the road can cause many preventable accidents. The same is true with your vessel on the water. If you have a blaring radio you could mute out the sound of an oncoming vessel that could end in a catastrophe. Sound bounces of the water just like lights do, and it’s a great deal louder when traveling across the water. Note: when you go swimming and go under the water, sounds are much clearer and louder then from the surface.

Install LED Underwater Lights

Over the past few years, underwater lighting has become very popular with boat owners. Both aesthetically and for safety, these lights have become invaluable on vessels. Fishermen have found these lights the perfect solution for a more productive fishing trip. In many instances, you will enter murky waters, unable to see what’s just below the surface or where potential bait fish might be hiding. If you installed blue or green LED lighting, these colors penetrate the waters for a clearer view. These lights have shorter wavelengths allowing for greater visibility that can also diminish grainy conditions in the water.


If you take heed to these tips, you can enjoy an incredible evening on the lake and take in all the wonders around you. By following safety precautions, night boating is by far one of the greatest experiences you will have on the water. There is nothing quite like a full moon reflecting off the water, the gentle flapping of the water and the magnificent view of shoreline lights sparkling off the water like jewels.

Make sure every inch of your boat is ready for the water, make sure you have all safety equipment with you and be in control. Being in control is removing distractions, setting your panel lighting to dim and install LED underwater lighting so other vessels will easily pick you out.

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is the best form of lighting you can possibly have. They do not have any toxic mercury, found in fluorescent lighting, that can cause serious environmental hazards. Their longevity is enormous, their heat factor is very low, offer exceptional lighting and last a very long time.