Yachting

LIGHT BRIGHT

THIS LED SYSTEM CREATES A CUSTOM FEEL

- BY KIM KAVIN

NONE OF US NEEDS ANY MORE REASON tobefrustr­ated about the COVID -19 pandemic. But if you are just now seeing some seriously cool lighting systems on the water and trying to figure out how the boat owners got them, you can absolutely blame the coronaviru­s for keeping you in the dark. ¶ Imtra, the US representa­tive for UK-based Lumishore, had been offering the Lumishore Lux lighting system exclusivel­y to boatbuilde­rs until early 2020, when the system made its debut for the general public at the Miami Internatio­nal Boat Show—“right before the world shut down,” says Tom “TJ” Orr, Imtra’s lighting project manager. ¶ The plan had been to educate owners of boats up to about 90 feet length overall about how the Lumishore Lux system could give them the kinds of custom effects they see on superyacht­s, without the typical customizat­ion pricing and installati­on headaches. The lights can be installed in all kinds of combinatio­ns above the waterline, below the waterline or both. They can be set up to change colors, sweep, strobe, pulse with music and more, all depending on what kinds of effects the

boat owner wants. ¶ But with limited ways to demonstrat­e the Lumishore Lux system for boat owners in person, Imtra instead expanded the work it was doing directly with boatbuilde­rs. That’s how, going into summer of this year, an increased number of hulls started making their way onto the water with all kinds of theatrical lighting effects. The Lumishore Lux system was available to everybody, including for refits, but most people heard about it only if they were buying a new boat. ¶ “Mag Bay has this standard,” Orr says. “Chris-Craft is offering it. Pavati is offering it for their boats as an option. Jarrett Bay, Bayliss, F&S and Spencer are all custom builders. It’s one of the things they tell people about. They’ll contact us, and we walk them through to find out where the people want the lights. We make it as customizab­le as they want to get.” ¶ Barrett Howarth, the vice president at Mag Bay Yachts, says that on his yard’s 42-foot model, customers can choose the Lumishore Lux system as an option in whatever parts of the boat they want. “We’ll put in strip lighting, underwater lighting, the downlights. It’s a pretty nice deal,” he says. “I can have my bait tank going with a strobe-and-disco look, my tower lit up another color—really anything.” ¶ Almost every buyer of a Mag Bay boat these days is adding the Lumishore Lux system as an option, he says. And based on that business, he thinks that having a fully customizab­le

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Lumishore underwater lighting lets this Sunseeker yacht light up the night.
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The Lumishore Lux system lets owners light up a yacht with pretty much any color, whenever the mood strikes.
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Aboard the 180-foot Alia Yachts Al Waab, design firm Vripack created diffused lighting in warm tones.
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Barrett Howarth at Mag Bay Yachts says turning on the lights at boat shows would “stop people in their tracks.”
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Lumishore’s control panel lets boat owners preset or adjust colors, brightness, sweeps, speeds, modes and more.

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