Having a bowfishing LED light for your boat allows you to fish effectively even at night. They’re essentially a LED flood light that’s redesigned with an LED driver to carry a low voltage LED of about 30 volts. To last longer out on the water, bowfishing LED lights are made to be waterproof.
Overall, they’re a great item to have for night fishing and in case of emergencies if you get stuck on the water later than expected. This article will give you an overview of factors to consider when choosing LED lights for bowfishing and give product reviews of the different models you’ll find available.
Factors to Consider
Since these LED lights will be mounted on your boat, you want to make sure that they are waterproof and let in little to no water. To increase the longevity of your lights, be sure that no moisture reaches the LED or LED driver.
One of the best types of LED for bowfishing lights is a COB LED. They’re made up of small, 1 watt LED lights that are installed together to create one large LED that can be combined with a driver to give it an output of 50 watts.
Having a good LED driver connected to your bowfishing light saves power because less amps are used to drive the front of the LED light. Typically, they are installed at the back of LED lights and send low voltage dc power (of about 30 volts) to power the light. A low-quality driver will use more amps to power a 50 watt LED light. By using a driver that requires more amperage, you’ll also need a larger battery bank or generator to power your bowfishing LED light.
Color of Light
The two most common LED light colors for bowfishing are cool/cold white and warm white. Cold white lights are best used for clear to semi clear waters because they are able to penetrate deeper into the water. In general, white lights are better at cutting through water than lights with darker colors. Warm white lights give off an amber or yellow color. They can be used in waters with more debris because they will not reflect ambient lights off of suspended debris like cool lights tend to do.
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the bowfishing LED lights you’ll find on the market.
Southern Lite LED Pro Bowfishing LED Light
Southern Lite LED has created an 80 watt bowfishing light that gives off more lumen power than conventional square diode LEDs.It uses a round diode technology that penetrates through water twice as far as square diodes. The housing is made with high-density aluminum that dissipates heat more efficiently. The LED drivers can be found at the back of each housing unit, but can also be easily moved for your convenience.
This Pro bowfishing LED light is also made with a high-performance reflector that concentrates the light to the exact place you need it. Southern Lite LED gives you the option to choose between two LED colors: the 27 series for murkier waters or the 65 series for clear waters. You can also choose between the 12/24 volt light or the 120/240 volt.
Hydro Glow BF30 Bowfishing Light
Hydro Glow’s BF30 12 volt bowfishing light is a power saving LED with a high output. They’re so efficient that four BF30 lights can run all night with just one marine battery.
The light also features a 60-degree light angle that’s been designed to penetrate deep into the water and increase visibility. This Hydro Glow bowfishing light is highly recommended for flounder gigging and bowfishing. The BF30 measures 8 x 8 x 8 inches and weighs 64 ounces.
RPM Bowfishing Night Ranger Led Light
This RPM Bowfishing LED light has a 12/24 volt power source. It gives you 50 watts of power, 4500 lumens and a 1.5 amp draw. The Night Ranger comes in cool white for clearer waters and warm white for water with more debris. The housing is made with a durable all-aluminum and stainless construction.
The Night Ranger is easy to install and can be mounted on almost any surface, including airboat cages and side/gunwale rails. This bowfishing light measures 11.25 inches wide x 9.25 inches tall x 5 inches deep.
Coolyeah Square LED Spot Light
CoolYeah’s LED light has a voltage range of 12-30 volts, an LED power of 48 watts and 3800 lumen output. The 6000K pure white light penetrates through water easily and increases your visibility at night. It features a durable black aluminum casing that’s waterproof and shock resistant.
CoolYeah’s LED spot light can be used for a wide range of applications, such as construction, gardening, agriculture, forestry and bowfishing. It can also be easily attached to engineering vehicles, off-road vehicles and specialized vehicles such as boats.
HTG Round LED Work Light
HTG’s LED light is made with a high-quality CREE LED chip and heavy duty housing that will hold up in even the most extreme weather conditions. It has an operating voltage of 10-30 volts, emits 2150 lumens and uses only 27 watts. Although it has a low wattage, this LED is brighter than regular halogen lights that use 55 watts. The lighting beam shines at a 60-degree angle that places the light exactly where you need it for increased visibility. Also, included is an adjustable stainless steel mounting bracket for easy installation.
HTG’s LED light can be used on engineering vehicles, off-road vehicles and other specialized vehicles such as boats for bowfishing.
When it comes to investing in a bowfishing LED light, it’s important to consider factors, such as waterproofness, light color, type of LED and LED driver. By choosing a high-quality bowfishing light, you’ll be able to fish more effectivelyat night and save power with an efficient LED driver. Before jumping the gun and buying LED lights for bowfishing, be sure to research various styles and models to find the one most suitable for your fishing needs.