Cockpit indirect lighting: red or blue?

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  1. diesel

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    Planning to install indirect cockpit lighting under the gunnels for night fishing. Seems like there is a lot more product selection in blue than in red. I always heard red was best for preserving night vision. Is that still the case ?

    Who makes a good weather proof exterior led light for flush or surface mounting under the gunnels ?

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    Ed,
    I have installed quite a few Lumitec lights and they have all been in the field for between 1-7 years. I have had no issues yet other then some powder coat peeling off... They are installed on "heavy recreational use" boats so I have no experiance how they hold up in a commercial environment. Colors are White, red, blue, dimming, & multi color. Hope this helps.
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    Red is definitely the best for preserving night vision. For example, the military has red lights on for night work. Many lights meant for installing on the ceiling in boats have a red setting along with white for preserving night vision.
     
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    I had blue LED rope lighting strung under the wash rails of my Crowley. It was easy to install and cheap. I'll do it again on the next boat. You can get red or blue, or some can change colors.
     

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    The new John Deere panels cN change between red and green for instrument back lighting, The red I see the gauges and digital panels fine but the green makes it harder to see without straining my eyes.
     
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    Interesting. I have green lights at night. Hurts my eye vs the red lights which I find easy on the eyes.
     
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    I believe that 100%. I wouldn't have 10-20 years ago. As I get older, my night and day vision is not what it used to be. I have difficulty reading the red night display on the cat engine displays. I carry a cheapo white wallmart flashlight that I cup to see at night. It's not a bright flashlight, but that is why I like it. As for deck lighting? IDK, not really fan unless you really need it lit up. Dim red or green for preventing trips and slips would be fine IMO.
     
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    The previous owner did blue ...
     

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    Ed
    I think the rope lighting is the easiest install to get the indirect lighting that you are looking for. I did it on my last 2 boats I’ve had red and blue.. the red was definitely easier on the eyes.. I currently have blue and I found that they are very bright, they look great at the dock but are too bright for fishing at night. So I installed an inexpensive LED dimmer from Home Depot under the helm that just has a dial and works great, it just installs inline super easy. I would just pick the color you like and make sure they are dimmable and put in the dimmer. And if you cut the end of the rope lighting make sure it’s sealed. I used heat shrink tubing with the adhesive inside and just pinched the end when it was hot. Hope this helps.
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    This is only pic I could find. But the dimmer will bring them down to just a light blue glow
     
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    I just grabbed 4 of these, two 20" blue with frosted lenses for down forward and two 30" red for under the rails in the wheel house. If you contact him he will configure them however you want. I had him put 10ft of wire on either side of one of the blue ones so I can run them in series. He also has some RGB kits. Ill try to remember to get some pic up once they are installed.

    https://www.t-toplights.com/product-page/led-tube-light-t-top-light

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    I just grabbed two 20" blue and two 30" red. I think he can make them up to 40" max. They are strips inside tubes with aluminum backing plates.
     
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