LEDs come in underwater light fixtures for every size boat and every boat owner’s budget. Brands such as Blue Wolf’s (bluewolfinc.com) Lifeform LEDs and OceanLED’s (oceanled.com) Amphibian series mount on the outside of the boat with only a small hole required to pass a single wire through the hull, in addition to holes for the mounting screws. With prices starting at $129 for LEDs such as the Amphibian T3, even trailer boats are adding them.
LEDs have remarkably low current consumption and can produce energy savings up to 90 percent. Over time, this adds up to fuel savings, since the engine’s alternator is less taxed. Reduced current draw means the batteries hold their charge longer. Less current demand also allows for the use of smaller gauge, lighter weight wiring. As a bonus, wasteful energy is reduced since less heat is produced on a boat when LEDs are used. Also, LEDs
by nature enjoy up to a 50,000-hour operating life.