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Old 05-19-2011, 12:27 PM
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Default Underwater LED's... best mounting locations?

I have looked at a bunch of threads discussing LED's but not many discuss best placement.

Any suggestions? I have a 382 formula, i bought 3 seeablaze3's for the back. I was thinking i between the drives and the other 2 between the drive and the k planes. IS that sufficient or should i be going lower on the transom?
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I have looked at a bunch of threads discussing LED's but not many discuss best placement.

Any suggestions? I have a 382 formula, i bought 3 seeablaze3's for the back. I was thinking i between the drives and the other 2 between the drive and the k planes. IS that sufficient or should i be going lower on the transom?
WOW!!! your already to that step? LOL I can't even figure out what light or company to go with. It is hard not knowing what they will look like in the water. I'm looking at the Oceanled A3's but I have no clue what to use. All i know is that none of them are cheap you you wanna get it right the first time.
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well i put my buddy in charge of this project since i didnt have time with everything else. i admit they are BRIGHT here on the table infront of me.

I had to do this before my motors went back in so it was now or never.
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I once wrote a story on LED lights for Show Boats magazine and the preferred placement, even on big yachts, was under the swim platform. Everyone I spoke with said they look great there (and the pictures supported that notion).

So for what it's worth I think you're on the right track. Underwater LEDs definitely add drama.
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I once wrote a story on LED lights for Show Boats magazine and the preferred placement, even on big yachts, was under the swim platform. Everyone I spoke with said they look great there (and the pictures supported that notion).

So for what it's worth I think you're on the right track. Underwater LEDs definitely add drama.
Not to be a dick but did you even read what i asked?
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Not to be a dick but did you even read what i asked?
Yes, I did and my answer was too general. Obviously, you've narrowed down the general area. Sorry if my answer offended you.

The actual mounting depth is a function of the effect—diffusion, brightness, etc.—you're trying to create Did the LED manufacturer provide any guidelines for mounting depth and—probably important—space between the lights? Obviously, the deeper you go with placement the more diffused and faint the light emitted will become. Then again, if they're mounted too close to the surface they'll be annoying bright and produce lots of glare.

That's vague, for sure, but from I learned in my research mounting position and depth are case by case. If the manufacturer didn't supply guidelines, or there's not a tech you can speak with, I'd be surprised and disappointed.
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Not to be a dick but did you even read what i asked?
Yeah......well. Drill a bunch of holes under water and try them in various locations till it suits you. LOL

Do the lights need to be under water when running on plane? Some do.
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I have looked at a bunch of threads discussing LED's but not many discuss best placement.

Any suggestions? I have a 382 formula, i bought 3 seeablaze3's for the back. I was thinking i between the drives and the other 2 between the drive and the k planes. IS that sufficient or should i be going lower on the transom?


Lumitech's instructions suggest 8 to 12 inches below the waterline.
Your placement sounds good, consider wiring the outside lights to one switch and the center light to another. That way you can toggle them seperately to run different colors if desired.
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Mounted my 2 between drives about the bottom line of my boxes .
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