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Old 11-30-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

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So I slapped on the biggest light bar I could buy. 53" spot/flood combo. 300 watts of CREE LED's. 30,000 lumens.

Also I finally got around to fixing the spotlight and windshield wiper.

No more hanging my head out the side window like Ace Ventura!
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

So did you try the light at night yet? I would love to have better lighting on my boat but I find the biggest problem is light reflected back onto the windshield. The brighter the light the more reflection and its still very hard to see at night.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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Re: Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

Only tried it on the trailer.
Our last dive trip we left after sunrise and got back before sundown.

At the house it doesn't seem to have hardly any glare reflecting back at me.

I have a smaller version of this light on my mudboat and it is mounted on a 2 1/2" riser all the way at the bow. The little bit of the point of the bow that sticks out beyond the light seems to throw quite a bit of glare back at me.

I think the difference is the dive boat has the light mounted about 36-42" above the deck. I was expecting the polished aluminum handrail to throw a lot of glare bot it doesn't. I'ts about 4' away from the light at the closest and about 6+ away at the farthest.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:40 AM   #4
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Re: Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

What brand are you using? I have tried a couple of different brands and they all seem to leak eventually and look terrible after a few months of exposure. The only ones I have seen that hold up to the salt seem to be from Rigid but they are big $$$.
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Old 12-07-2014, 06:41 AM   #5
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Re: Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

Light bars are def the way to go. Be careful about buying cheap foreign crap. It'll work fine for a short period of time and then puke. Rigid Industries makes American made quality products. Yes they cost more but are worth every cent. The Hybrid models combine spot/flood arrays and have to be seen to be believed.

A 10" M series is what I have and anybody who comes on the boat is amazed by it.

When installing one of these light bars, it's a good idea to put the on/off switch in a convenient position. Like the first switch on your panel or some such. You def want to be able to turn it on or off without any drama. Blinding an oncoming boat is a real possibility with these things.

You also have to factor in the life time no questions asked warranty.

The M series are available in 4" and up, check them out.
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:26 PM   #6
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Re: Got tired of not being able to see where I was going.....

This one has a 3 year warranty.
Same brand as the one on my mud boat. I sank my mud boat in salt water last february and the light is still going strong. A little flaking of the paint is all.

It's not the ultimate high end rig, but I won't cry if I have to replace it after 5years.
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