LED lighting has enabled some amazing visual things to be done with dock lighting, and with the energy efficiency of LED, its affordable to have them on as well.
If you live on the water with a dock, LED lighting can give your dock a stunning look, and open it up to more enjoyable use at night. It also provides a safer environment when docking a boat at night. If you’re interested in dock lighting give us a call. One of our licensed electricians can discuss the options, the costs, and even come out, survey the dock area, and provide a total cost quote for you.
The Benefits of LED Dock Lighting
- Dock post lighting, usually every 10 to 20 feet, a wide casting light on a wood or galvanized post that lights up the dock and surrounding water/boat area with a soft light. We suggest light posts high enough to keep the attracted flying insects comfortably above where you will be walking.
- Less bright walking marker lights, often attached to dock pilings that rise above the dock, or attached to the top and side of a dock board. These are nice when you want the visual walking assistance at night without attracting mosquitoes.
- A new and visually stunning idea is the use of an outdoor LED strip that runs the length of the dock, attached to the top of the dock stringer, underneath the dock planks. It casts a soft light onto the water and adds a nice detail to the dock, similar to under cabinet lighting in the kitchen.
- For fishing enthusiasts there are underwater dock lights available. These come in a variety of sizes, and really light up the water and attract bait fish.
Often you’ll find schools of snook will hang out right in the light during an incoming or outgoing tide waiting for shrimp or bait fish to come into view and “bang” they’ll swallow their supper in lightning speed! Lights can be attached to pilings, attached to dock stringers, or even hang down into the water. For lights in the water we suggest a line to allow them to be raised and cleaned occasionally. For those really wanting to attract fish, 3 foot LED tube lighting can be used. Lights are available in different colors, like white, blue, or green, and even red. Red is said to attract bugs less, blue casts a stunning light, and green is claimed to be a little better at attracting fish, although blue seems to do the job just fine too.