If you are considering a refit, makeover, or any kind of upgrade to your luxury motor yacht, and she is not already equipped with LED lighting, its time you “saw the light,” and made the switch.

Traditional, or “incandescent lights,” work by pushing a lot of electricity through a resistor that is enclosed in a vacuum. This resistor, or “filament”, gets so hot from the current that it glows white, and only the absence of oxygen in the encapsulated bulb, prevents it from instantly burning up. While it was a remarkable breakthrough for the time, revolutionizing the way we lived, it is a very inefficient system. Only about 5% of the energy it takes to power the bulb is released as light. The rest is mostly turned into heat, as you should well know if you ever tried to change a typical 60-watt bulb before allowing it to cool down!

LED lights on the other hand, are much more efficient. LED lights operate at lower temperatures, use far less energy, and specific to their advantages on boats and yachts, they are far less sensitive to vibrations. Overall, they will last far longer than conventional incandescent bulbs. They also do not contain small amounts of toxic mercury, an environmental disposal hazard associated with fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lights. LEDs may cost a bit more, but are worth their premium price in the long run.

Marine LED Lighting

LEDs also afford far more styles, shapes and types of lights and lighting systems, than do their incandescent counter parts. For all of these reasons, they have become an integral part of most modern luxury motor yacht designs.

Marine LEDs first started popping up as indicator lights, because, when the technology was first introduced, only singular diodes could be used, which made LEDs impractical for other purposes such as cabin lighting, spotlights, etc. With the perfection of “clusters” of LEDs in a single fixture, that has all changed, and the possibilities of using LED lighting on your boat are practically limitless.

But again, the main reason to upgrade or retrofit to LED lighting for your yacht, is the truly astounding energy savings. Power is a premium on a motor yacht, and with more and more electronics and gadgets on board these days, modern motor yachts are increasingly power hungry. According to Yachting Magazine, on a typical 73 foot cruiser, the entire lighting specification using LEDs draws less than 7 amps of electrical current, versus 62 amps for the equivalent in a halogen/incandescent lamp configuration.

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And remember, LEDs also give off far less heat than their incandescent or halogen lighting counterparts, which means you will also draw less power for your AC system!

A full conversion from conventional lighting to LED lighting for your vessel could be an expensive prospect, however, the long-term rewards, in terms of energy efficiency and lower maintenance usually make the investment worthwhile.

Feel free to contact us about the possibilities of refitting your lighting, or any other upgrades to your boat’s systems or electronics you may be thinking about.

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On Demand Yachting Provides Peace of Mind

While your yacht’s lighting can do a lot to add to the style and elegance of your boat, it is not only about creating ambiance. Your yacht’s lighting plays an integral part in the safety of all onboard. Lighting is how you and your guests can safely move about the yacht at night, and how your boat can see and be seen out on the water.

Our On Demand yachting solution includes providing for all of your yacht’s safety and maintenance needs – day and night! When it comes to making sure you and all of your guests are as safe as possible, having the right crew is only part of the equation. You must make sure you have all of the right safety gear on board, and that it is all where it should be and functioning properly. That means, in the unlikely event that they are ever needed, all PFDs, fire extinguishers, smoke and CO detectors, and even your lighting systems, are all maintained and recharged as necessary.

Maintaining your yacht’s safety gear, and all of her critical systems at operational readiness is just one of the services you can count on from our On Demand Yachting Solution.

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Operating a motor yacht can be costly. You can reduce your expenses, and avoid costly repairs by keeping her well maintained. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.