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Tuesday, June 26 2012
This was not originally a price point we ever intended to compete in for the simple reason, it's not very profitable when you manufacture  low margin products for a niche market in the U.S.

So why are we doing it now? The answer may seem self serving and to some extent it is. We're trying to save the underwater lighting industry. You heard me right. Now let me explain.

Surface mount lights in the sub $250 market are made up entirely of either plastic or anodized aluminum lights. Sometimes they're made to look like bronze but believe me, they're not. What happens is the aluminum eventually begins to corrode in the saltwater, the light leaks and fails or you go with plastic and the plastic inevitably cracks from either being bumped by something or from UV exposure and the light fails.

So after much internal debate we decided to build an affordable but still high quality underwater surface mount light.

The AL3L LED underwater surface mount light is made from solid 922 Naval Bronze with our special BoroTrans SM Technology lens. The AL3L has (3) 5 Watt LED's and our newest high power mini driver and puts out a blinding 800 lumens.

Bottom line...we did not sacrifice quality for profit. What we did was build a great introductory light for our cost conscious customers and best of all the AL3L comes with our standard 3 year warranty.

The AL3L retails for $249 but for a limited time we are making it available for $169!
Posted by: Mako Bob AT 07:18 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, March 22 2011
One of the most common questions I get regarding underwater lights is "Should I go with surface mount or thru hulls." It makes sense to ask since it's counterintuitive to drill holes in your boat but hopefully this will help you decide.

Although at Aqua Lights we sell a variety of surface mounted underwater boat lighting, I want to talk about thru hull lighting. I also want to make clear upfront that the advantages I'm going to tell you about apply to our lights.

First and foremost is that our thru hull lights have the ability to be serviced while your boat is in the water. This is key. This is not a feature available from our competitors. There are two that I'm aware of that allow you to service light from within the boat but NOT while in the water. If I'm mistaken please feel free to correct me.

The advantage of being able to service your underwater lights while the your boat is still in the water is more than just the ability to replace a burned out bulb, although that is one, but it's the ability to change your mind as far as your lighting source. If you initially chose to install say, our AL100X Xenon light but a couple years later you decide you want Blue LED's, you simply replace the removable light cartridge from inside the boat all while still in the water. Your able to use the existing light housing.

Another scenario might be that you buy some LED's this year and next year because of advancing LED technology a significantly brighter LED comes out. Luckily because you bought our thru hull LED lights you can simply change out the cartridge and not the entire housing. Convenient and economical.

These are the main advantages. If you want to discuss what advantages would apply to your situation just let us know. Our knowledgable staff are ready to answer your questions before and after the sail, and remember, all our our products are made by us here in the USA.

Wishing you calm seas,

Mako Bob
Posted by: Mako Bob AT 06:04 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, February 10 2011
I got a call from a customer today who just installed two of our AL50X Xenon lights in his sport-fisher. He wired them with 14 gauge wire and ran them to a dedicated breaker about 20 feet away. He ran the wire to the first light and then daisy chained to the second light. All looked good until he flipped the breaker. Both lights came on but a second or two later one of the lights went off. He flipped the breaker off and on again and shazam, both lights came on and stayed on. That is until he turned them off for the day and back on the next. That's right, same thing happened. So what's going on here?

Xenon lights are great because they're really bright (about 5400 lumens on a 50W bulb) and once they heat up they run really efficiently in relation to their brightness. The trouble comes in when you use to light a gauge wire. After the Xenons heat up they only draw about 2.5 amps for a 50W bulb so often an installer will use 14 or even 16 gauge wire because it's only 2.5 amps running, but at start up they will draw 4-5 amps for the first 20-30 seconds so if you running 16 gauge wire the light will shut down. This can even happen with 14 gauge wire if the run is too long or if your running more than one light on a single wire.

Bottom line, when it comes to wiring Xenon lights, bigger is better. Spring for the 12 gauge.

Check out our Xenon thru hull bronze lights at

Wishing you calm seas,

Mako Bob
Posted by: Mako Bob AT 05:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

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