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Rub rail lighting
« on: October 01, 2016, 07:32:22 AM »
I have a couple of night lights that have both white and black lighting.  However, they will not fit on the narrow gunwale of my Nitro.  So I am considering having a strip put down the center of each rub rail.  I can't decide which color to use.  There are 1000 bugs per square foot on the lake I mainly fish.   So I'd like a color that doesn't draw bugs but still allows me to see where I am casting and my line.

The only boat I have seen at night have had blue or purple lighting.  The blue could be seen from miles away.

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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 08:48:03 AM »
Insects generally see 3 colors of light, Ultraviolent (UV), blue and green. Bright white or bluish lights (mercury vapor, white incandescent and white florescent) are the most attractive to insects.  Yellowish, pinkish, or orange (sodium vapor, halogen, dichrom yellow) are the least attractive to most insects.
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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2016, 09:09:39 AM »
So what would you recommend bullet?
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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2016, 11:25:51 AM »
@Jig Man  Red will attract no bugs at all. And red will not mess up your night vision like white and other "bright" lights will do.

With that said, I would recommend installing 4 short (2-3 feet each) red strips in your rub rail. 2 in front and 2 in back. I would also recommend installing a dimmer so you can set the intensity at whatever level you need or want on any given night, or at any given moment. And when I say 2 in front and 2 in back, I mean to install one on each side in the two areas mentioned.

As for which ones, LedHead Lightning is a BBB sponsor ( @mfwyatt05 ). Touch base with him. He offers a discount to members of this site. He's super knowledgable and his products are very good, at very reasonable prices. I have his lights on my boat and they work well.
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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2016, 01:03:05 PM »
Thanks Curt.  I've been running red console lights for several years but didn't know how a bunch of red would do lighting up the fishing area.

This won't be a DIY project.  I'll have someone do it.
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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 07:57:11 PM »
I remember my military days all night lighting was red.  like Curt said it wont mess up your night vision.  and bugs cant see that spectrum    UV lights are the worst like the black lights I used to use at night to see my flouresant stren line  worked great but every bug in 3 counties wanted to fish with me   Bug catchers use UV light to attract bugs
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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2016, 08:33:57 PM »
Thanks Curt.  I've been running red console lights for several years but didn't know how a bunch of red would do lighting up the fishing area.

This won't be a DIY project.  I'll have someone do it.

You're welcome  :nod:

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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2016, 08:36:39 PM »
I used to use at night to see my flouresant stren line  worked great but every bug in 3 counties wanted to fish with me

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Re: Rub rail lighting
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2016, 09:56:23 PM »
Bugs attack my rubrail when my UV lights are on but they dont attack me on the deck.

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