I am searching for alternative suppliers for High Intensity Discharge deck
lights. I have installed them on customers' boats and am very impressed. For those unfamiliar with this technology, they are the REALLY bright headlights you have noticed on the highway. They put out 2 1/2 times more light intensity than conventional incandescent or halogen bulbs, yet consume 30% LESS current
. Put a 35 watt HID deck
lamp next to a 55 watt deck lamp and marvel at the difference. At inital startup the lamps are only a bright glow, but within a few seconds they are dazzling.
I have been using lamps by Pyramid Technologies, but have noticed new brands coming to market. Among these are:
HELLA Part # 1GA 996 142-201 http://www.hellamarine.com/site_reso...20Section5.pdf
MAGNALITE Part # HID-66-W-F (1742) http://www.magnalight.com/pc-1344-11...125-x-125.aspx
The cost for these ranges from reasonable to quite high ($600-700 list).
Another interesting lamp is the high intensity LED array by MAXILLUME (LUMITEC) Part number 101031. Also, quite costly, but very bright. http://lumiteclighting.com/maxillume.html
The most interesting, from the standpoint of cost and cool-lookingness, is the ELECTROSPORT Part # ESH9PL-SB, for about $200. They tell me that they will have a floodlight configuration next month for the same price
I will be using using these lights as deck spreader lights on my 40 Searunner trimaran
, with the lights positioned to JUST illuminate the deck, and for the majority of light to beam just outboard
. I installed a similar arrangement on a Catana catamaran
and the effect was amazing. I'm going to be ordering a set of the Electrosport flood lamps, when they are available, on a 26 foot sportfishing boat for a customer.
In addition to being amazing lights for docking
and manuevering, when hooked to a relay (because I have them independently switched) and a "Panic Button" next to my bunk, you can bathe the entire boat in bright light should you hear a mysterious bump in the night. Bad guys, like the vampires they are kin to, hate being exposed to much illumination. These lights come the closest to daylight (if using the 7000 degrees Kelvin color temp bulbs).
Anyway, if anyone hears of other alternatives, I'd be very happy to consider them for use.