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Old 30 October 2020, 02:42   #1
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Which Search / spot light ?

I'm thinking of adding a LED searchlight / spotlight to help in case of any late evening arrivals to the boat arch however i'm a bit newbish in this and looking to an optimal solution.

There are quite a few lights around but i'm kind of interested in a LED 12V light, motorized with a remote control or panel control.

There are HUGE differences in prices and honestly i have no idea what to watch for.

All from Aliexpress with sets you back around 200$ (this below)


Up to a more quality (or is it?) and known manufactuer like Oscilati:

https://www.muziker.si/osculati-led-...spotlight-12-v

My questions are:

- is it worth putting a 700 EUR LED light to a Rib or am i overreacting?
- is a 200$ light gonna be crappy and problems (i've read some reviews of similar lights with frustrated customers)
- any suggestions somewhere in between the price and quality range?
- are LED vs classic lights so much better (in what area other than power usage?) or is there a limit regarding the wattage that keeps me from buying a classic halogen light like

https://www.muziker.si/osculati-clas...spotlight-12-v

Is one akku going to be enough to run this normally? Though i will have 2 batteries (one for the engine and one for the rest of the stuff like radio, etc -note i'm not doing the wiring myself but a specialized shop is).

Thanks!
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I'm thinking of adding a LED searchlight / spotlight to help in case of any late evening arrivals to the boat arch however i'm a bit newbish in this and looking to an optimal solution.



There are quite a few lights around but i'm kind of interested in a LED 12V light, motorized with a remote control or panel control.



There are HUGE differences in prices and honestly i have no idea what to watch for.



All from Aliexpress with sets you back around 200$ (this below)





Up to a more quality (or is it?) and known manufactuer like Oscilati:



https://www.muziker.si/osculati-led-...spotlight-12-v



My questions are:



- is it worth putting a 700 EUR LED light to a Rib or am i overreacting?

- is a 200$ light gonna be crappy and problems (i've read some reviews of similar lights with frustrated customers)

- any suggestions somewhere in between the price and quality range?

- are LED vs classic lights so much better (in what area other than power usage?) or is there a limit regarding the wattage that keeps me from buying a classic halogen light like



https://www.muziker.si/osculati-clas...spotlight-12-v



Is one akku going to be enough to run this normally? Though i will have 2 batteries (one for the engine and one for the rest of the stuff like radio, etc -note i'm not doing the wiring myself but a specialized shop is).



Thanks!


Donít waste your time & money. Get a hand held light similar to a Hella Bremen or a decent torch. Trying to aim a remote controlled searchlight from a moving RIB is next to impossible. Looks Gucci though
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Okay, but i'm looking to use this more as a help for evening/night time arrivals where you need some sort of fixed light to see the sea infront.

I'm not going to fish with it or do search and rescue
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Okay, but i'm looking to use this more as a help....


Help is the last thing it will do. You will curse it. You need as little light as possible for night work. Any bright lights are a hinderance. Even your own nav lights will annoy you. Trust me.
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Plus 1 on that. There is more ambient light than you expect at sea without light pollution from land. Any light on board reduces that though. Your only going to need a torch to navigate a channel in and then ideally someone on your bow shielding you and calling direction if itís that dark
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agree with lads better off with a night sight than a search light IMO
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Agree don't bother. I have found the cheapest, nastiest lowest wattage widest beam 12V LED flood lights on Ebay and stuck one on the underside of my A frame with a switch on the console simply as a quick means to illuminate the deck whilst night fishing if you're trying to untangle a large fish from a landing net or messing about with fiddly fishing lines etc its handy for a few mins at a time but even the lowest power (12W ish) are a bit bright for that really. Generally a small headtorch (I really rate the LED Lenser one I have) is more than enough. On tricky nav having someone crouched at the bow shining a bright torch ahead to check for buoys / obstructions is sometimes useful.
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Make sure there is a way to dim all of your console lighting too, that can get a bit blinding at times. I used to keep a roll of black duct tape handy to cover the illumination from my fuel gauge and tacho for night trips.
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Thanks guys - you've put me out of the idea of a fixed light. I'll stick to something smaller & portable.
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Agreed, I wouldn't bother - I always wanted one on our first RIB as it looked cool, but in general they hinder night navigation as opposed to helping it.

Of the clever rotating ones as well, I'm not convinced they are designed to take the stresses placed on them when mounted to a RIB that's bouncing around/slamming a bit. All the "proper" marine ones that were professionally fitted at great expense on friends' boats by the marina/boatyard where we used to keep our old RIB seemed to last only a couple of months before they fell off or stopped working, and that was with fairly gentle leisure usage.

Much as they might look cool, I'm very glad we never bothered, and I didn't even consider with the current RIB!
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I've got one of these. It seems very good although the lead is a bit short / tightly coiled.
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We got one of these just for launching in the dark to check for rocks etc. It is very bright but other than launching, you destroy your nightlight if you use any lights on the water, as previously outlined, even your gauges will annoy you at night. We have two search lights installed on our rib and we have never found the need to use them.

Dive Torch, Volador 2000 Lumens LED Scuba Diving Flashlight, Rechargeable Waterproof Underwater Flash Light Torches, 150 Meters Submersible Lights with 2X 18650 Battery and Charger https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MB5ZCK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_pnfNFb55E9022?_encoding=UTF8& psc=1
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PI have a 12v (plug into the Consul) hand held Lumens waterproof search (Spot) light has helped me Big time in the past!.....Homeward passage Bristol Chanell in BIG Seas on a winter moonless night springs to mind
Its surprising how well white Crests are illuminated in the Dark!...which are otherwise invisible...a very confused steep Sea in 5m+ pluss RIB can be quite stressful in Total Darkness ....and certainly saved me a lot of potential trouble.

I also have an A-frame LED search light ( 1500+ lumens helm switch) I've used plenty of times to help set up my camping Tarp and sleeping stuff when I've camped on board ....also handy drooping people off on to the Beach or steps/Ladder at night.
Natural Light ....and more importantly planning is good!.....
Artificial light helps on unforeseen occasions when you may be caught out ...or you're timings are off.....and would surly be a boon in a rescue situation at night.
At least if you have them as Back up!...if the need arises you can use them!...if you don't YOU CANT!

I also have and carry a couple of water resistant re-chargeable QUALTY Flashlights (with spare Batteries) ...."Fenix" and "O-light" "Wolf eyes" ECT are unbelievably good these days!!...with small pocket models available with adjustable output levels peaking at of 600 Lumens or more!! .....The Fenix models also comewith a Head Band which is often a great addition.
A well protected USB Chargeing point for Phone Torches IPad ect (mine is in a waterproof Glove Box in the Consul) is a really good idea
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Old 31 October 2020, 04:04   #14
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I was thinking of taking this:

https://www.muziker.si/osculati-port...ble-12-24v-55w

In case of any docking / moonlightless nights + a more quality battery torch just in case (i guess you need that on board anyway) - something submersible like Phill and Jane stated.

What do you think?
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I think what you've chosen is fine. If you find yourself using it a lot, you can always upgrade if you need brighter.

I'm a fan of LED stuff but there tends to be a price premium on it.

Around the boat, I find a head torch invaluable. It falls into the same category as a jiggle syphon - you wonder how you managed beforehand. You can get them with red bulbs that don't destroy your night vision e.g. Petzl Tactikka
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Interesting thread! What night vision do ppl use?
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Interesting thread! What night vision do ppl use?


I use the inbuilt MK1 eyeball
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Any news of a MK2?


Nah! Iím old skool
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If you're mounting lights on the "A" frame aim them down and out to the side of the boat to illuminate the pontoon for both late arrival and unloading the boat. If they're aimed ahead all they'll do is illuminate the back of your head or blind you the first time you forget and turn round. If you're putting something on the console get it as high as you can and with as narrow a beam as you can get because the the spread of a "flood" light illuminates the inside of the bow and blows your night vision.

I can light my boat up like a Christmas tree but find by far the best solution is nothing but the legal nav lights and the instruments dimmed. The big stuff only gets switched on as I come into the harbour or amongst moored boats. (Or in caves).
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