Originally Posted by SVCarolena
With days getting shorter, I think it may be time to add some cockpit lighting to our Pearson 303 for evenings at the marina or on the hook. Considering LED flushmount downlights near the floor on each side of the cockpit. Maybe one set in white and another in red. Has anyone installed these? Thoughts on other lighting options?
I installed the LED flushmounts on both our solar arch and the cockpit.
I used an LED blue for the arch. It shines down on the transom and is great for night-boardings with the dink. The blue also will not confuse with navigation - important to remember when deciding placement of the lights.
For the cockpit, we used an orange light which does not atract the bugs "as much" as white lights or other colors. I also chose this color so that it could not in any way be confused with navigational lights. We leave both of these lights on while away from the boat at night or while making headway at night. Remember it does not take a lot of lighting because your eyes will adjust and a bright light will mess up your night vision. I think red is the best choice for night vision, but the orange really has no effect on our vision either.
The draw on these lights is very low.
PS I do not use lighting for my grill. Once you are as good as I am, you can just use the force to know when they are done!!!