Lights improve the visual appeal of your dock. They are also a great safety feature in the dark of night.
In short: Lights are a lifesaver! It might sound a bit dramatic, but it’s true.
Proper lighting keeps your boat and you safe from harm. You probably won’t run into your dock in daylight, but at night, a light bump can cause a dent in the bow of your boat. Moreover, if you can’t see where you are walking on your dock, you might just walk off it and into the water.
So, you should illuminate your dock to clearly see the water’s edge.
Before we discuss the different types of dock lights, let’s consider which lighting option is better: Wired or solar.
Wired vs. Solar
The upfront cost of installing wired lights is high. Moreover, you get what you pay for. Wired lights are longer-lasting and brighter and can be installed on the surface and under the water.
- Pros: Reliable, highly customizable, and bright.
- Cons: Require a transformer and increase your electric bill.
Most people assume solar power is costly, but it’s affordable for lighting docks. One of the best things about solar lights is installing them on your own. However, if your dock doesn’t receive much sunlight, it’s better to use wired lights.
- Pros: Inexpensive, allow you to lower your electric bill, and easy to install.
- Cons: Batteries need to be changed regularly.
These lights allow you to illuminate every inch of your dock. They are mounted on dock pilings, which make them durable. Piling lights are available as solar-powered and wired.
These lights illuminate the surface as soon as you step foot on the dock. This is a great money-saving option and ideal for those lake house owners who seldom visit their property.
These lights give your dock a nautical fee. Wharf lights are overhead lights and provide ample light. They come with a metal finish, and while this material is attractive, you need to ensure it is high-quality and suited to marine conditions. The best material, in this case, is powder-coated aluminum.
Last but not least are underwater lights. They are more of an aesthetic lighting option. As the name says, they are installed underwater and give your dock a magical look at night.
Underwater lights are usually LEDs in green color. This color helps attract fishes, making them ideal for serious anglers.
In conclusion, your pick from these lighting types should be based on the weather in your area. Why not consult your family member or friend who has a dock? They will direct you in the light direction… get it?
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