Docks are common locations for large gatherings and festivities during the holiday season. To promote celebrations, many boat owners take this time to decorate their vessels for parades or colorful illumination.
Below are some useful tips and best practices for lighting up boats with LEDs.
Minimizing Current Draw
LEDs are highly recommended for lighting decorations on boats. The units are compact, allowing them to cater to intricate and detailed designs. Furthermore, the lights can incorporate over 16 million different color combinations via RGB (red, green and blue) diodes.
The luminaries consume little energy during operation. For AC-powered LEDs, individuals can feed the system through an inverter, so that it can run on the vessel’s power cells. If the boat is near the dock and will not be departing (or making any rounds around the water), it would also be possible to connect the lights to a portable (land-based) generator.
A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is recommended for protecting circuits during operation. This is particularly important around marine and corrosive environments.
Mounting and Aesthetics
Keeping the LED lighting systems properly mounted is an effective way to decrease damage when in use. It is best practice to avoid mounting units close to the bottom of the boat, wherein direct exposure to waves is the greatest.
Festive boats that are required to complete rounds around the water must observe other guidelines related to stability and seaworthiness. Ideally, LED lighting decorations should not utilize bulky wire frames. Such components can destabilize vessels, especially when strong winds are present. It can also decrease space and maneuverability inside the boat for the members of the crew.
Lastly, don’t forget to test the LED boat lights before events and prior to departing from the dock. Always check the weather the day before to ensure the conditions are suitable for deploying decorative LED fixtures.
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