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Old 04-15-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Is There Such A Thing As A Good Remote Controlled Spotlight?

Remote controlled spotlights seem to be a troublesome piece of equipment. Anyone really happy with theirs?
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:36 PM   #2
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I have an ACR, with a remote in the PH and FB. No issues whatsoever. But then ACR specialize in safety/recovery - so I would expect nothing less.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:38 PM   #3
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Remote controlled spotlights seem to be a troublesome piece of equipment. Anyone really happy with theirs?
Carlisle & Finch Co. | Top Quality Searchlights Company for Marine, Prison, Border and Security

Very expensive but Very good. We shared your feelings and replaced several spotlights rather than continuing to deal with them. We've never had an issue with Carlisle Finch.

I've also seen some Golight's, including LED versions that the boat owner swore were the best ever. Site is interesting. Only a few of theirs are remote controllable.

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A remote controlled spotlight is pretty hard to use. A handheld spotlight is easier to use and less expensive as well.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:40 PM   #5
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I have an ACR, with a remote in the PH and FB. No issues whatsoever. But then ACR specialize in safety/recovery - so I would expect nothing less.
I forgot about ACR as I've not seen many on recreational boats, but good quality from all I've heard.
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Best to have both boat-installed-remote as well as a handheld.
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ACR spots are nice...at the upper end for cost for recreational sized lights.


Usually it is the install that makes them troublesome.


Either the lights get doused in to much spray or the control switches are not protected enough.


Even though the older ACR switch/control panels were potted, the interior circuit boars were susceptible to cracking when the were mounted on uneven fiberglass surfaces and tightened down.


I bet I replaced 30 for that issue alone in 2000-2005 when working for an electronics place or marinas. Probably a couple more dozen lights for water ingress.
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I would take a video of mine in action from the upper station, but I am in a busy anchorage (Big Majors) and I am concerned that I would scare the beejeebers out of my neighbors!
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Haven't yet sailed at night in my trawler to test the spotlight's effectiveness. Nevertheless, seems a steady light not requiring a handhold would be advantageous in many situations.

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Both mounted and handheld have their uses, sometimes both at once.
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I've tried a few different remote spotlights and, while they work well, the problem I have with them is that they are distracting. When you use them you first have to take your eyes off the helm to find the control, then use the control to aim the height and azimuth of the light to get it where you want.


I much prefer a handheld light. I pick it up, shine it where I want and it's just about as easy as can be. If I'm going to be out at night and the window curtains are on I unzip one of the front panels (leaving it in place) as darkness comes on. Then if I need to use the spotlight I can stick it through the open zipper.


For about $30 you can pick on up anywhere, they're usually 1 million candlepower and they're rechargeable.
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I much prefer a handheld light. I pick it up, shine it where I want and it's just about as easy as can be.
I have one of those million candle power flashlights that I mounted next to the helm. It resides in its charger and is "at the ready."
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what kind of flashlight produces a million candlepower ????
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In a year, I have used my remote spotlight just once.

The boat came with a Peak handheld cordless spotlight. Just yesterday I too it apart and took out the battery. It hasn't worked since we owned the boat. I just ordered a new battery for it.
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A remote controlled spotlight is pretty hard to use. A handheld spotlight is easier to use and less expensive as well.
How about this one for a handheld light? Sportac ZP10L9 - BATTERY PACK Edition | illuminationGear | illumination Gear

5200 lumens with balanced battery pack for $359
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what kind of flashlight produces a million candlepower ????
A powerful one, there are hundreds. Whole forums devoted to the topic.

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A powerful one, there are hundreds. Whole forums devoted to the topic.

GIYF.
but they don't generally look like the one in his picture. To generate that kind of light they need a substantial battery. Flashlights are usually rated in Lumens not candlepower.
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As an example. The 3D cell LED Maglite puts out 168 Lumens and only 43,000 Candela ( Candela = Candlepower)

Here's a $380.00 light from Fenix that puts out 6000 Lumen and 133,000 Cd



And here's a $1,370.00 light from Surefire that puts on 2400 Lumens and 216,000 Cd



So.... I know there are some very bright lights out there....but I'd be very
very
shocked to see a small handheld light that put out a million candelpower.
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So.... I know there are some very bright lights out there....but I'd be very
very
shocked to see a small handheld light that put out a million candelpower.[/QUOTE]

Dorsey's 41-1097 is a good one million CP spot light. Also I have two older portable million CP units. One rechargeable and the other with a 12V cord.
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