Underwater lights, Lumishore EOS blazes trail

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

13 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Any unnecessary hole in the bottom of a boat is likely a bad thing.
    That said these are pretty cool.

  2. Butch Davis says:

    I agree with Anonymous. The lights look cool. But, is there a practical use for hull mounted underwater LEDs?

  3. Bill Gardner says:

    We like them to make bait . In Catalina they make your boat into an underwater aquarium.

  4. Anonymous says:

    By installing these lights you put yourself in the same category as someone that installs 20″ chrome rims, and under-body lighting on their car.
    ie It does kinda scream “look at me, look at me!” A tad garish.
    That said I personally have no issue with these used for attracting the bait fish, or lighting up the marina for a dock-side party, but lets be clear, if you run these at an anchorage where most of us hope to enjoy the peace and escape the city lights and enjoy the stargazing, you’re being a right douche bag!

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Now we’re talking. I believe that “right douche bag” — which may be multilingual (and Google hasn’t heard of) — deserves an acronym for ease of use. RDB!
    And now let’s acknowledge that one boater’s RDB may not be another boater’s RDB. In my view, for instance, underwater lights usually look great in an anchorage, and they certainly don’t obscure the heavenly bodies like city lights do.
    And ditto for “garish”; I’m doubting that the sport fisherman Sandpiper (above) and undercar lighting are in quite the same “category” but personally I tend to enjoy both.
    And who are you kidding about “look at me, look at me!”? What in the world do you think varnished teak, polished stainless and so much else in yachting is about? And that’s OK.
    Finally, excuse me if I also tend to grin about questions of “practicality.” Seriously? What is practical about recreational boating? Or sport fishing?
    That’s not meant to be critical. I have lived a nearly life-long commitment to recreational boating, and I like to break that term into its roots… re create. It’s important, but not practical.
    Incidentally, my top RDB category might be pretentiousness.

  6. Andreas says:

    In general I have nothing against cool lighting on boats. It looks nice, and it’s fun. However please make sure the lights are installed properly and turned off before you go to bed when in a marina. Having someone’s high powered lights glaring through your windows (with closed curtains) all night long puts you on the RDB category.
    That also applies when you install your own bizillion lumen underwater lights in your sport fish transom, misjudge the waterline and install them above the water. Now everyone gets blinded as they are walking down the dock…
    That is all. 🙂

  7. Cgreen says:

    I have the lumitec seablaze white and blue on the back of our 46 foot trawler! Wife loves it, daughter and friends will watch fish and crabs for 1 to 2 hours when we are anchored out! I am happy I did it, wish I would have done it sooner! I mounted mine with starboard off the swim platform, so no hull penetration below the water line! Coast guard also liked it while boarding underway after dark!

  8. Roy M says:

    Despite the detractors, underwater LED lights can have a very positive benefit for boats. First, mounted just forward of the prop on a racing sailboat, you can instantly confirm the presence of kelp or other debris on the prop and leading edge of the rudder. Second, mounting lights near the waterline at the stern makes boarding from a dinghy so much easier without the blinding effects of spreader lights on deck. Also nice for rescue of a swimmer, night diving, etc. Third, and previously noted, fishermen have a distinct advantage at night, especially if you are a fan of squid. And fourth, if you want to attract immediate attention from another vessel or rescue aircraft, light up the water!

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks Roy!
    And let me add underwater lighting benefit number five: looking good.
    Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays.

  10. Glenn says:

    As I sit here in Hometown Abaco on a particularly windy night the Marlow next to us has bright blue lights that brghtiy flash the Harbor each time a wave passes by. After listening to the complaints of many boaters I finally asked them to shut them off by showing them the blue lights flashing over the sides of the neighboring boats. Looking down I expected to see them popping out of the waves but they were only close to the surface. Thankfully they were accommodating and indeed shut them off. I’ve seen many glow lights before but this was the worst implementation. I’m sure the owner did not intend this, but clearly more active education is needed.

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  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    This video may be the best testament I’ve ever seen to the beauty of good underwater lighting, and it was entirely made by the Lumishore customer. Apparently that’s him night piloting the drone from the after deck in some shots:
    How cool is that?

  13. Jfm says:

    Hi Ben
    Long time no post from me. Last time was when I had the first European install of garmin 8xxx, summer 2013
    The YouTube link above is my video and boat. I shot it December 2015 at the Lerins islands, Cannes, France. The boat is a fairline squadron 78
    This is my third boat with lumishore LED lights and I love them. The guys are great to deal with and the lumen output is just unmatched
    A few people ask “why?” The answer is why you bought the boat in the first place: fun. When the mood takes you, they’re beautiful to look at. Night time swimming in a warm sea is awesome. I am sensitive to being a RDB in anchorages but many times when I turn them off the other boats shout “hey mister! turn them back on please!” Many times also kids from other boats have come over to swim in the pool of light, and called out music tracks (like I’m their personal DJ!) to play with the sound to light function. We’ve had quite a few impromptu parties.
    One night anchored in Corsica we had the lights on at midnight and six gorgeous girls from two rafted-up French neighbouring boats stripped off and skinny dipped in the coloured light. That turned into quite some party! (Am I giving folks enough reasons to have these lights?)
    And at a mundane level, when you are transferring people between mother ship and tender it is 10x nicer and safer if the water is glowing.
    There’s a nice still pic of my boat with folks swimming on lumishore’s home page, and the video from which that still is taken is here (fast forward to 2nd half)
    I love these Lumishore underwater lights and totally recommend them and the company
    Great site Ben; I applaud you

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