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Old 03-05-2013, 07:11 AM   #1
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Hey guys,
I really want to put some underwater Blue LED's off the stern of my 1994 2700SCR but I'm trying to find the most cost effective option while not sacrificing brightness.

I assume the OceanLED is the brand to go with since I see them all over the internet but they are pretty expensive any they make a bunch of models.
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...D&merchID=4005

Has anyone heard of T-H Marine? They are more in my price range but I want to make sure they are good before drilling holes in my transom.
http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...d&merchID=4005

How many lights are recommended for a decent glow?
Where is recommended positioning?

If anyone has gone through this already any advice would be helpful.

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Old 03-05-2013, 01:15 PM   #2
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I have had the same Questions about the lights. I found the TH lights on this site for less than Overton's http://www.boat-tec.com/product-p/232-led51867.htm

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Try this guy. http://www.coastalnightlights.com/styles.html

These get very positive reviews from the community on THT, and are far more affordable.

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Hey guys I bought some underwater lights from IMDSales here in Australia(about $300 a pair), I ended going for 2 round 6x18W underwater blue and 2 x Rectangular 6x18W blue, I mounted the two rectangular ones eaither side abouve the trim tabs on the transom and the round ones either side of Centre, the rectangular ones give you a blade of light the the round ones give you a cone, I did my shopping based only on two things, how big a hole I needed to drill through the transom and cost, the feed wires on these are tiny, hence a very small hole in transom and they were cheap, they have not let me down and are on all the time.

I think this worked out well for me and see the attached pics

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Wow Huddo, that looks really nice. looks like the round ones really pack a punch. They go for like $450 a pair now according to the website (total cost - $900 for your setup). They look great but that's pretty steep for me right now. The transom mount ones have me intrigued as well since there's no transom drilling/screwing required bellow water line.

Dan, i checked out that website and reviews (very well rated customer service among forums). I am leaning toward getting 2 of the Double Square Blue (DS) models (or the double long DL models - no idea whats better for my application.) And mounting each somewhere above each trim tab. (total cost - $380). my only gripe with them is that the plastic housing looks kinda flimsy.

I'm not sure if just 2 is going to cut it though, I boat in NY - long island sound murky waters. The water isn't anything like the Florida keys lol, leading me to wonder whats a good amount of those LEDs?
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I hear ya Joe, I do my boating in the Potomac River here in the DC area and the water is equally murky, and is the exact reason that I haven't pulled the trigger on transom lights yet.

The plastic housing does look less than robust but in practical terms shouldn't be an issue since they really aren't subjected to wear and tear. As to how many you need, or can fit, it all comes down to how much space you have and how much light you want. In your murky waters you're gonna want all you can get. Just be sure they are below the water line when the boat is at rest. You could pull the dimentions for the different sizes of that web site then cut up some cardboard to see what would fit where - might be that using a combination of different sizes works best.

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seablaze 3 by lumitec are the best lights i used 5 on my 3500sy... 3 would do and they only cost 200-300 per light.... best purchase ever... dont overpay on the other brands this ones are probably brighter.... good luck!
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Thanks Rodrigo, Yea i looked at the Seablaze3's and they get very good reviews (roughly $250 per light). Your boat looks great with them, i really like how you lit up the side logo too.

I think i'm gonna go with the CoastalNightLights ($190 per light). My main reasoning is because i already have those stainless clam-shells on my transom that i can run the wiring up into them (saves me from drilling a hole through my transom beneath the water line - which was a big concern for me). Also, the Coastals use 2 screws as opposed to 3 like the seablaze3's do. Less holes = happy me.

For anyone else interested in underwater lights, from what I learned online (never seen any in person) the Coastals are the best bang for the buck, and Chris stands behind his products.
The Lumitec Seablaze3's are very bright, circular light, and around the same price range.
The Shadow-Casters I've heard are the brightest but they cost more money so that's not really an option for me.

I will be placing an order for 2 of the CoastalNightLights Double Square (DS) versions.

Thanks for everyone's help! I'll post pictures when I have everything installed.

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thanks Joe, Good luck!, post some pictures after you do it!
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Good deal, Joe. Start a new thread in our "Projects" area to detail your install and results for us all!

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