Looking for underwater LED lights for your boat? Here are eight tips for picking the right kind.
1. Surface Mounts
Underwater LEDs like the Lifeform 9 ($399, bluewolfinc.com) are mounted on a flat surface with a few small holes for wires and screws. These are best for transom installations, which shine horizontally.
Lights such as the Aqualuma 1 Series require a large hole. Yet with robust housings and relatively flat faces, these are good choices if you want lights on the bottom of the boat shining downward.
LEDs draw far fewer amps than incandescent lights, so you can shine more lumens longer with your available battery power. Brighter lights attract more fish at night.
4. No Mixed Metals
Avoid bronze or stainless-steel fittings on an aluminum hull; these set up galvanic corrosion that eats away at the hull. Plastic surface-mount lights such as the OceanLED Amphibian A12Pro are better choices for metal boats.