Maintaining LED Boat Lights for Long-term Applications

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LED boat lights come with long lifespans, capable of reaching 50,000+ hours of illumination. In marine environments, there is a plethora of factors working against lighting systems that can reduce their expected lifespans.

Due to the presence of saltwater, low-quality or poorly maintained LED boat lights can succumb to warping, discoloring, flickering or premature failure. Such occurrences can be avoided by maintaining one’s luminaries on a regular basis.

Frequent Washdown  

One of the most effective ways to deter saltwater corrosion is by aggressively getting rid of it, ensuring it does not have an opportunity to build up on the LED boat lights. During washdown after a long day at the water, it is important to also spray your lighting system. Make sure to go back and wipe away residual water on the surface, as saltwater is notorious for sticking around (resulting in chalky accumulation).

Preventing corrosion for LED boat lights starts with selecting a fixture that is designed for the rugged elements of marine locations. Without a doubt, the units should have a high IP (Ingress Protection) rating for waterproof protection against jet streams (washdown). The wiring components of the luminary should also be well protected.

Inspecting your Lights

Lights for boats must be inspected periodically, to check for any possible points of failure developing on the surface or inside the units. Any cracks or discoloration on the housing or lens should be addressed immediately. Saltwater is known for accumulating on weak surfaces, which can be decreased with sealants or protective coatings.

If your LED boat lights are fixed on ropes or materials that easily absorb saltwater, it is recommended to remove the fixtures and store them when they are not in use. Most boaters do not use powerful detergents during washdown, due to the risk of staining and discoloring.