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Old 11-22-2014, 07:40 PM   #41
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I don't think that these are LED.
I do think he can probably see where he is going at night.
I also doubt he has much night vision while using them. I am not sure I want one for my boat but maybe. For sure I want one for the front of my motorcycle.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:41 PM   #42
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sorry about sideways. Stupid phone pictures.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:56 PM   #43
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I ran HPS ( high pressure sodium) lights like that on Volunteer... you could see a gull fart @ 500 yards. I never noticed a night vision issue as long as it didn't have a reflection off the deck or a rail etc.

And you could see just about everything in the water for a acceptable distance.

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Old 11-22-2014, 08:27 PM   #44
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:55 PM   #45
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Wow, who cares about night vision when you can just make it day.

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Old 11-12-2015, 04:09 PM   #46
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I have a pair of Morse docking lights in the nose of my boat. While running at night back from Toba Inlet 2 nights ago, one of them burnt out. I thought I had a spare but there was something else in the box! They are intended to use 100 watt seal beam lights but they are rated for 25 hours, cost $65 each and are a total pita to change. Has anyone found a replacement for these lights? The Morse lights are installed in holes in the hull so throwing them away could be a problem. I have an open mind, though...
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:31 PM   #47
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light bars have way too much scatter

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I have several from this vendor and love them. I have a 1200+ lumen output light with 18650 batteries that I stick in a section of pool noodle to make it float... They are waterproof but still I would rather not have to dive to get it back.

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Old 11-12-2015, 07:44 PM   #48
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Search lights in my mind means an adjustable/ aim-able light that is controlled by the operator. Some of these pics are of crab boats with HPS and or led mast mounted lights that are very different than "search lights" they both have there place, but a search light is different.
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:21 PM   #49
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When its dark, a howling gale and pouring with rain, kind of like what its doing here now, the happy solution is to go outside and shine a flashlight? I can see a really powerful light for shining on the party boat when you are trying to sleep, or watching the bear walking on the beach or checking the anchor drift, but dodging deadheads and rocks on a moonless night you need something better. My boat is covered in lights but the only ones worth a darn, even including the roof-mounted searchlight, were the ones pointed backwards to check the tow and the ones under the bulwark facing forward, the docking lights. Using any others destroyed our night vision.

Those giant fishing lights are not just for working, they are also to light up enough sea so the skipper can still run the boat without any useful night vision.

While I'm on a roll, I had to put a tea towel over the Standard Horizon plotter I've got, their "night" mode is a joke. You can't dim the display enough to actually use it, lighting up the entire wheelhouse. Going to have to buy a sheet of smoked plastic to put over it if I ever go out at night again as they obviously never tested their own product. One day you will get stuck in bad conditions despite your best efforts and all this cheap crap will let you down and make your experience much worse.
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Xsbank, this may fit in the same hole that the Morse lights do. It is very easy to change the build and you don't have to buy that ball housing each time.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:02 AM   #51
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Thank you Hopcar, what I really need is the replacement light bulb, in this case it looks like another sealed beam. I would love to find an halogen bulb that I could just change out instead of having to dismantle the unit every time. Somebody is making an LED conversion but it's stupidly expensive so if I can't find halogen I will try and convert my own. I have about a week before I go back to the boat so I will spend the time searching for a conversion solution.
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:39 AM   #52
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This year we did a 2,500 mile cruise to some remote area's on the West Coast of Tasmania Australia, I had a temp Aluminium tower about 8 feet in height made and positioned it on the bow spit . We placed 3 LED search and flood lights on it , which gave us 20,000 lumens. It was very helpful when coming into unfamiliar Anchorages at night, it lite the area up like a sports field with up to 1,000 feet clear vision. I found them ideal and we only drew about 9 amps from memory.
It is in storage now ready for the next off the track adventure.

LED spots and floods are the go !!!

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