Originally Posted by nonpartisanartisan
While not yet a boat owner I've found that a head mounted lamp follows you around to almost any position. Ambient lighting for some reason is always behind you and throwing precisely what you want to see into shadow.
Some companies sell head mounted lamps but I found two sealed 6V lead acid batteries put in series will push a 12V 10W bulb for 2 hours (about as long as I am willing to hunch over something before throwing a fit) or a 20W bulb (bright enough to bicycle at night in a dark rain swept forest.)
I love the ideas for LED ambient lighting that changes between navigation and entertaining. I'd say the idea is "brilliant."
Thanks - as I gave it a hard look considering the monies I threw at "marine" lighting and single color leds... If you cruise at night or in conditions like fog all the time - the ability to tailor it - priceless.
I sit on a hill where I watch commercial ships and tugs transit between Vashon and West Seattle.. - they are always lit up like a xmas tree. If I can can detect them 20 miles out from land - imagine what it does for your visibility otherwise. Plus being able to program it... Blue BTW - is the most eye catching. Something in terms of lighting I use on my airstream as well.
More shots etc of it all in action later..