A marine searchlight has to be capable of performing a range of tasks from locating buoys to illuminating a narrow channel and, occasionally, searching for a man overboard. Therefore, it needs to be designed to offer the best combination of beam spread (width) and intensity (length) for both shorter and longer range work. Typically, our spot beams have a 7° beam spread as opposed to 40° on a flood beam and will consequently reach at least 3 times further.
We quote performance of our searchlight range in two ways: candlepower and lux. Candlepower is a useful guide to actual light produced, but does not measure the efficiency of reflector design to project that light at the target. The most relevant comparison guide is lux, which is the measurement of actual light available at a given distance. In order to be able to distinguish a reasonable level of detail, a level of one lux is generally considered to be necessary.
Remote Control Lights
The advantage of the remote control is that it allows you to direct the light in the best location for maximum effectiveness. They are an increasingly popular addition on power boats, helping locate buoys, moorings and channel markers. Control is by joystick or touchpad. Secondary remote control kits can be bought for most models, which allow control from either the flybridge or main helm.
Bracket mounted flood lights give good service in deck illumination, especially on small fishing boats and commercial craft.
Flush mount floodlights provide a clean installation ideally suited for leisure craft. Two beam shapes are available — trapezoidal for deck illumination, with sharp beam pattern edges, and flood for deck illumination and transom mounting, with diffused beam pattern edges. In each case, bulb adjustment allows the beam to be directed to the required area.