It may seem counter-intuitive, but the fewer boat lights you have on at night, the better you can see. Between the glare on the water and the effect on your night vision, you won’t see beyond the immediate scope of illumination.
Navigation lights are required when boating between sunset and sunrise. Some people call these “boat driving lights.”
The purpose of navigation lights is so that other boaters can see you. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) defines what navigation lights must be used at night and in restricted visibility. Safe piloting at night to avoid collisions is why you want to follow their guidelines.
Incorrect nighttime lighting and non-operational lighting is extremely dangerous. There are many cases of injury and death due to improper and/or negligent use of navigational lights.
Bottom line: Know your navigation light requirements. If it’s hard to see at dusk or dawn, keep your lights on.
Download a copy of the Navigation Rules issued by U.S. Coast Guard which follows COLREGS’ guidelines.
Boat Trailer Lights - Trailer Lighting
Just as proper boat lights are critical to safe piloting, boat trailer lights protect against rear-end collisions and damage to your boat.
We can’t say enough good things about the virtues of LED boat lights. Because they are permanently sealed, they won’t short out or corrode even when submerged in water. For that same reason, they are impervious to road grime.
Their service life is far superior to incandescent lights (100,000 hours vs. 3,000 hours). And, you’ll never have to replace a bulb again because LED boat lights have no filament subject to vibration and breakage.
Check out both Wesbar LED trailer lights and incandescent boat trailer lights and judge for yourself.
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