Jump on board the Jean C. fishing vessel, and power up the west coast on a test run to Seattle with Captain Harley Ethelbah. The commercial fishing industry is no yacht club and the Gulf of Alaska is one of the toughest environments on the planet. The men and women who work there are a breed apart. There is no time or latitude for guesswork, you need to know what you are doing and that the equipment you use will perform without failure, no questions asked. In extreme marine environments such as these, heavy duty LED lighting is a must.
In the past, affordable lighting options for recreational and commercial applications offered low utility. The available options consisted of high-pressure sodium, halogen, fluorescent, and HID lights. Today’s newer advancements bring an array of better lighting options!
Naturally, advanced technology hits the market priced high, but eventually the prices begin to fall. According to Mick McDonald, marketing manager at Lumitec, “The initial investment of LED is still more expensive than traditional light sources; however, that margin is getting chipped away every day with more efficient manufacturing processes and better performing LEDs at lower cost, in the long term LED is now a better return on your investment.”
The team at Lumitec keeps their eyes on developing lighting for extreme environments. With an interdisciplinary understanding of electromechanical, thermal, and optical principles, their team develops and manufactures LED lighting products with exceptional performance. Thus, Lumitec offer improved quality and reliability.
LED lighting produces an ultra-bright light for its compact size. It provides a more versatile light source without the issues of traditional lighting, is more efficient with a lower amp draw and shock and vibration resistant. As prices have become affordable LED provides more reliability, more versatility and is practically maintenance free.
Let’s look at the traditional light sources.
Incandescent lamps are cheap to produce, but inefficient. The lamp produces light by heating a metal filament. It converts most of the electricity (~95%) to heat instead of light, wasting heat. The life span is 750-1000 hours. Turning the light on or off reduces its life.
Fluorescent lamps convert electricity into light more efficiently than incandescent lamps do. They produce light by stimulating the mercury vapor with electricity inside the lamp to produce ultraviolet light. Fluorescent lamps last longer, up to 10,000 hours. They exceed about 100 lumens per watt compared to the 16 lumens of the incandescent lamps.
High-pressure discharge (HID) lamps
Some of the most powerful outdoor lights are high-pressure discharge (HID) lamps. These lamps often illuminate shops, parking lots, stadiums, warehouses, arenas, and other large facilities. HIDs contain pressurized gas, such as mercury, sodium, argon, krypton, neon, or xenon, in a tube inside the lamp. The gas acts as a conductor inside the tube. Electrons circulate between the electrodes in the electric field; and the gas molecules, emitting energy in the form of radiation, emit light. Some of these lamps reach temperatures as high as 3000° C (5400° F) and can be made in smaller sizes to reduce the intense discharge.
LED advantage – Lumitec offers more than traditional lighting
Apart from the stated benefits of efficiency, reliability and no maintenance LED lighting is also programmable. This means aesthetic effects, such as changing color to set a mood or change light intensity can be programmed into the light without external control modules. Lumitec can thus accommodate the special needs of their clients. With expert engineers, their staff can design solutions that combine software, thermal management, usability, materials science, optical systems, embedded control circuit design, and power supplies to work in the most abusive environments. With cutting-edge tools, on-site manufacturing, and resources, Lumitec build the prototypes and fulfill the order. The financial savings is perhaps the biggest benefit, however. Lumitec lights perform better for longer and requires less maintenance than other light sources. They are also versatile in their applications to various industries.
Lumitec leads LED lighting for the marine industry
Lumitec’s vision drives staff selection, tool attainment, and equipment procurement. All the while, Lumitec leverages new technologies to build superior marine lighting products, making it a world leader in providing light in the marine industry. Lumitec build LED lights for the U.S. Coast Guard and for commercial fisherman to help them perform optimally even in the most extreme temperatures and with the greatest exposure to corrosive salt and moisture.
To find out more about our marine lighting solutions and how we can greatly improve your marine vessel – visit us online at lumiteclighting.com.
You’re gliding through the water, wind in your sails, and night begins to fall. This may be where you start to think about turning in for the evening. Or, you have outfitted your sailboat with some of the huge array of LED lighting products from Lumitec that are perfect for sail boats of all sizes. Many in the boating community associate lighting in extreme marine environments with Lumitec and power boating. For those who live their lives letting the wind take them on their way, Lumitec has developed a wide array of LED products for sailboats including the Zephyr spreader light, interior down lights, courtesy and mechanical space lights, and of course the class-leading SeaBlaze series underwater lights.
To see this lighting in action, check out the video below. We caught up with the captain of a Lagoon 440 catamaran who keeps wind in his sails day and night with Lumitec LED products lighting the way.
You’re out on the water and the sun starts to go down. It’s a long ride back to the docks. Time to turn on your lights – are you prepared? Lumitec Lighting allows you to be safe and be seen with a range of flood and spreader lights. With a combination of power and aesthetics to accent your boat perfectly, LED lighting from Lumitec creates a floating lighthouse in dark, unpredictable marine environments.
Lumitec LED lights shine the brightest guiding boats through extreme marine environments, but what about under the sea? Our customers have asked for the same beautiful lighting installed on their boats to also help them add flair below the water as well, and our research & development team made it happen. Through a constant dedication to innovation, Lumitec introduced the SeaBlazeX Spectrum full-color RGBW underwater lights. These lights have the same reliability as the class-leading SeaBlazeX while delivering two to three times the “dollars per lumen” value as all others. Color options are nearly infinite and can be selected and set for rotation or to one color by the user. SeaBlazeX Spectrum lights are easy to surface-mount with just a two wire hookup and require no external control boxes.
Light up the night, light up your life on the water. Lumitec has introduced Spectrum Color ™ (full-color RGBW) to our down lights, utility lights and underwater light series. Products with Spectrum Color ™ will offer infinite color selection options along with a continuous color spectrum cycle mode, while retaining the performance, reliability and quality you expect from our product range. With RGBW Full-Color Lights, you can move through the water while setting the mood for an evening of beauty both above the water and below.