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The Socalao MC blog provides readers with the latest news, information and updates about LEDs for commercial boaters, marine establishments and anglers.

LED lights are robust luminaries that offer powerful illumination in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Compared to traditional lighting options, such as metal halide, incandescent and fluorescent lamps, LEDs last significantly longer (up to 50,000+ hours). The lights are also more energy efficient (up to 30 percent) and sturdy, incorporating a solid-state design without loose parts or toxic filaments.

When it comes to performance, LEDs can be toggled instantly and continuously. This makes the units ideal for machining applications, strobes, security and general illumination in high-activity areas. For marine and boating, manufacturers reinforce the lights with corrosion-resistant materials and builds. Ensuring saltwater and other corrosive agents don’t contribute to premature failure, boat lights are typically waterproof to accommodate installations near docks and on the exposed sides of vessels (navigation lights).

LED boat lights can also be vapor proof or explosion proof, depending on the compounds present in the environment. Wet atmospheres, which are saturated with moisture and chemicals, are capable of breaking down conventional LED lights without vapor proof protection. This extra level of defense, including sealed entry points and the application of thick glass, protects the internal components and wire coatings of the luminary.

Explosion proof LED marine lights are designed for hazardous locations in, around and close to large bodies of water, such as oil and gas structures, chemical processing facilities near docks and boat repair garages. The heavy-duty lights contain features that prevent ignitions from interacting with volatile substances outside of the unit, where it can cause chain reactions and deadly explosions. Explosion proof LEDs for marine environments can be linear fixtures, handheld lights, strobes, portable luminaries on carts and light towers.

For fishing applications, LEDs can help anglers catch large fish using non-invasive lighting techniques. White or green colored lights attract plankton close to the boat, enticing large fish at the bottom of the lake or river to feed out in the open. The lights range from submersible units to spotlights pointed directly down at the water.