Light Show

SO YOU OWN A SMALLER VES­SEL BUT WANT THE TOUGH­NESS AND RE­SILIENCE OF A BIG-BOAT, FULL-FEA­TURED, THROUGH-HULL UN­DER­WA­TER LIGHT? LUMISHORE’S GOT THE GOODS. BY CAPT. BILL PIKE

Power & Motor Yacht - - BOATYARD -

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, there are two va­ri­eties of un­der­wa­ter lights on the mar­ket these days. On the low end, you’ve got the sur­face-mount type, which is gen­er­ally made of plas­tic, ad­heres to the ex­te­rior of a given hull via ad­he­sive, gets its power from an elec­tri­cal ca­ble that passes through a small, caulked hole, and ap­pears on smaller ves­sels. On the high end, you’ve got the through-hull type, which is typ­i­cally larger and more ro­bust (be­ing made of bronze or some other metal), costs con­sid­er­ably more, gets its power from an elec­tri­cal ca­ble that re­mains en­tirely within the hull, and tends to ap­pear on yachts, of­ten big­gies.

But hey, Lumishore’s just nixed this cozy lit­tle ar­range­ment. With the in­tro­duc­tion of its new TIX402 Color Change light, the com­pany is now mak­ing a beefy, al­beit rel­a­tively small, rea­son­ably priced through­hull unit for folks who own boats within the 25- to 80-foot range. And it’s pulled this magic off with­out sac­ri­fic­ing many of the fea­tures that larger, much pricier and yachtier lights of­fer.

As with other through-hulls that Lumishore sells, the TIX402 is pre­pro­grammed to sync with an on­board stereo so that col­ors change or pulse (via the com­puter-con­trolled blend­ing of red, green, blue, and white LEDs) in rel­a­tively com­plex, rhyth­mic, pre­cise ways if de­sired. “You just hook it up to the au­dio out­put on your stereo and you’ve got one color for tre­ble, an­other color for bass, an­other color for mid-range, and yet an­other color for back­ground,” ex­plains Chris­tian Red­ditt, Tech­ni­cal Op­er­a­tions Man­ager for Lumishore USA.

Other big-boat, through-hull fea­tures? The TIX402 is sealed from the out­side (with “hard glass” i.e. a tough­ened BK7 Borosil­i­cate lens) so you can ad­dress the LED mod­ule from in­side the hull with­out hav­ing to haul out. More­over, this cool lit­tle through-hull (with an out­side di­am­e­ter that’s just 3.5 inches) also of­fers a raft of pre­pro­grammed or cus­tom­iz­a­ble color modes, more than 50,000 hours of LED life, and a highly in­tu­itive con­troller that can be mounted at the helm or in some other con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion.

The TIX402 is pack­aged in pairs as a kit (with a Wi-Fi-ca­pa­ble con­troller, dis­tri­bu­tion hub, and wiring) and lists for $5,700. More lights and hubs can be added, of course, de­pend­ing on how groovy an owner wants to get. lumishore.com

Lumishore says the TIX402’s LED mod­ule should last for 50,000-plus hours. Re­place­ment is easy, though—merely un­screw it from in­side the ves­sel.

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