This quick guide will help you make an educated choice and help you choose the right light the first time!
If you’re shopping for underwater lights, you might be starting to get overwhelmed with the options available. When we started building lights, customers had the option between us, and one or two overpriced competitors. Over the past few years, these lights have become wildly popular, and that has encouraged a slew of individuals to attempt to cash in on the trend.
5 Things to Consider When Shopping For Fish Lights
Underwater lighting, when done right, is safe, energy efficient, and essentially maintenance free. However, in the quest for sales, there are individuals (and even companies) out there cutting every possible corner, which not only compromises the quality and longevity of the lights, but may actually be a safety concern.
While we do everything to keep our prices as low as possible, we do not cut corners with quality or safety. We use only the highest quality UL approved components available.
Do the math and make an informed decision. All of our lights include multiple levels of safety backups. This gives our customers the peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to worry about the potential consequences of a poorly made light.
On top of that, we purchase the brightest bulbs available on the market, featuring top-quality underwater approved wire and the highest quality internal components. We are constantly working to improve our products, rather than make them cheaper.
Reading about the cut-rate lights mentioned above may lead you to believe that the more money you spend the better the light you get. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
There are other lights on the market that are substantially more expensive than ours. This is usually due to an expensive bulb cover of some kind. Whether a floating tube, bucket design, or sinking stub, these covers are all inherently flawed. The reason that they are on the market is because people assume that the lights are too delicate to go uncovered.
The truth is that the HID bulbs used in our systems are built with heavy duty thick glass and are incredibly durable. These are not the flimsy household light bulbs that you are familiar with.
So What’s Wrong with a Covered Bulb?
Unfortunately, any time you put any barrier between the bulb and the water, you run into problems. First, covering the bulb automatically diminishes the light output, as the light has to pass through a translucent filter. This is especially true for colored lenses.
On top of that, any object placed in the water has a tendency to accumulate marine or aquatic growth. The beauty of HID lights is that when the bulb is allowed to contact the water, it generates enough heat every night to keep barnacles and other creatures from attaching to the glass. With a covered bulb system there is an insulating barrier of air that keeps the cover too cool to inhibit growth.
We don’t want to mention any specific companies, but in an attempt to one-up each other, several of our competitors have begun exaggerating the output of their lights.
The numbers that they claim keep going up, while a little research will show you that the lumen ratings they are listing are not physically possible with the wattage used.
We have seen several systems with outrageous lumen claims side by side with our system, and believe it or not, the more “powerful”, more expensive system was much dimmer than ours.
We have an amazing 60-night risk free trial period, so if you are skeptical, or thinking about purchasing a competitors light, we invite you to order one of our systems just for comparison.
We pride ourselves on being there for our customers. Email us or give us a call and we will prove it to you.
Whether you need technical support, or just have questions, we’re here to help. If you call after hours, just leave a quick message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Rest easy knowing that our customer service team will take your call quickly, and happily help you resolve any problems you may run into.
Please keep in mind that it is our goal to produce the most effective, versatile, and durable underwater lighting systems in the world. We believe that we have succeeded. Every aspect of our product is designed that way for a reason.
Many companies have responded to requests for a covered system (see above) by coming up with an enclosure that sits on the bottom of the water column. While it might make for a slick looking package on a website, there is a reason that we did not follow the crowd on this one.
Our floating assembly design allows for you to place the light at any depth, which makes it ideal for deeper water applications. On top of that, the fact that the bulb is suspended slightly above the sea floor means that it is able to deflect out of the way of things that may impact it.
Our competitors designs are also prone to sinking down into the sediments, which will eventually diminish the light output even further. Also, some units completely enclose the bulb which allows light only to shine up through the top. Compare this to the 360 degree light coverage of our design, and it’s clear to see why we stick to our guns instead of following trends.