Light Fixtures


Definition of Light Fixtures

Light fixtures are complete lighting units that are permanently attached to any part of a marine vessel to provide illumination for safe navigation as well as task, ambient, and accent lighting.

A complete lighting unit consists of the following parts:

  • Lamp or light bulb: Emits light when connected to the power source
  • Light fixture cover: Protects the lamp or light bulb
  • Lamp socket: Holds the electrical wiring that connects the fixture to a power source

Each of these components has an impact on the overall efficiency and performance of the fixture.

Some light fixtures also have additional components, such as transformers, ballasts, or drivers, necessary for the functioning of the lamp.

Fluorescent lamps, for instance, need a ballast to control, regulate, and stabilize the light output. Without one, a voltage drop can damage the lamp or the power supply that feeds it.

When choosing a light fixture for your boat, it’s important to consider each of the fixture’s components and their suitability in the marine environment.

If, for instance, you’re looking for masthead light fixtures, you need to consider the:

  • Brightness of the lamp with regards to its visibility within a three-to-five nautical mile range
  • Marine-grade rating of the lamp (UV resistance, corrosion resistance, and waterproof IP rating)
  • Compatibility of the wiring with your boat’s lighting system

The type of lamp used in the fixture should also play a significant role in your choice as different lamps have varying levels of energy efficiency and lifespan.

Among the available options, LED light fixtures stand out as they are exceptionally efficient in terms of energy usage while having a significantly longer lifespan compared to incandescent or halogen bulbs.

At Apex Lighting, we recognize the value LED light fixtures offer in terms of lower power consumption and maintenance costs. We have a wide variety of marine light fixtures, including:

Synonyms: luminaire, light fitting

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