What Are Boating Lights?

Other than captaining your own plane, there are few other liberties as worthwhile as having your own boat and sailing where you please. A boat is the epitome of freedom for many because it allows you to go where you want, when you want. However, this thrill means that you might have to sail at night and in the dark, an endeavor which can be dangerous. One of the first and oldest safety measures is the use of lights on your boat.

Boats have lights on the interior and exterior. Exterior lights are important in being able to signal to other boats in cases of emergency.

Best Boating Lights For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of boating lights available to buy:

Bestseller No. 1
Tree Leds Marine Led Utility Strip Light for Boats 12 Volts (Pack of 2)
60 Reviews
Tree Leds Marine Led Utility Strip Light for Boats 12 Volts (Pack of 2)
  • Boat Interior Lights
  • Marine Cabin Lights
  • Courtesy Lights
Bestseller No. 2
Boaton Marine LED Utility Strip Light Boat Kayak Deck Light Stern Lights Interior Lights 12V White
6 Reviews
Boaton Marine LED Utility Strip Light Boat Kayak Deck Light Stern Lights Interior Lights 12V White
  • ONE YEAR WARRANTY: Buy with confidence, our product provides 1 year warranty. If any questions, please contact us directly.
  • APPLICATION: DC 12V operated and with 9Pcs Germany 5050 led chips, can produce a very visible light of 2 miles, best idea for boat stern lights, deck lights, and boat interior lights on Marine Boat Pontoon Kayak Yacht Motorboat Vessel Dinghy Catamaran.
  • EASY TO INSTALL: The 3M strong Double-sided adhesive on the back of the strip light enables you to mount it in any where you want, and the 4PCS screws will help you fix it more stable. Don't worry about it falling off.
  • IP67 WATERPROOF: Professional marine strip lights, Raining Resistant, Washing Resistant, Seawater Splashing Resistant .
  • LOW POWER CONSUME: Energy-saving, Low temperature, Low Amp Draw For a Longer Lifespan over 50,000 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Shoreline Marine LED Courtesy Light
72 Reviews
SaleBestseller No. 4
Green Blob Outdoors Pimp My Pontoon (Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet) (18,20,or 25ft Sizes) LED Boat Deck Lighting Kit w Bonus Red & Green Navigation Strips DIY Under Deck Lighting kit for Pontoon Boats
6 Reviews
Green Blob Outdoors Pimp My Pontoon (Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet) (18,20,or 25ft Sizes) LED Boat Deck Lighting Kit w Bonus Red & Green Navigation Strips DIY Under Deck Lighting kit for Pontoon Boats
  • Your Pontoon will have the very best and brightest led strips on the market! GBO Pimp my Pontoon Boat Kit LED includes all the materials you will need to make your Pontoon standout from all of the others!
  • Colors Choices: Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet.. Kit Sizes: 18, 20, or 25-28 feet. LED strips can be cut to any length.
  • Pimp My Pontoon DIY Kit includes: 2 each rolls ( Cut for the length of your pontoon boat) of IP68 rated, Extremely Bright SMD5630,led strips. 1 each 30cm Red LED Strip, 1 each 30sc Green LED Strip, 60ft 22/2 Power Wire, 1 waterproof On/Off Switch, LED Aluminum Installation Channel with Covers, Stainless Steel Channel Mounting Screws, Butt Connectors, Instructions.
  • Pimp my Pontoon LED Strips are IP68 rated (100% full-time submersible waterproof), SMD5630 (Brightest Available LED strip on the market)
  • BONUS: 30CM Red & Green Navigation LED light strips included. Easy installation with written instructions provided
SaleBestseller No. 5
Advanced LED Stainless Steel Interior Dome Lights for Boat, RV, Camper & Trailer
1 Reviews
Advanced LED Stainless Steel Interior Dome Lights for Boat, RV, Camper & Trailer
  • BRIGHT - (36) SMD 3528 LED provide 180 lumens with only 130mA current draw at 12 volts (operating voltage 10-15V). On/Off rocker switch. White/Red Nav model is switchable from On/Off/On rocker switch
  • EYE PLEASING - 4,000~4,500k color temperature that's not too yellow or blue. Just a nice warm white that's easy on the eyes and great for all around lighting
  • STANDARD SIZES - 7" (6 7/8" actual) or 5 ½", both provide the same amount of light
  • TWO FINISHES - Stainless Steel in 7". White Powder Coat or Stainless Steel available in 5 ½"
  • MOUNTING HARDWARE - Mounting screws included
Bestseller No. 6
Partsam Pack8 12V Blue LED Oblong Courtesy Light Yacht Marine Boat Stair Deck Garden Lamp
7 Reviews
Partsam Pack8 12V Blue LED Oblong Courtesy Light Yacht Marine Boat Stair Deck Garden Lamp
  • 8Pack; 3LEDs; Clear/Blue; 12V; Recess Mounted; 3" x 1-1/4"; Waterproof; Black Finish Stainless Steel Bezel
  • This LED Stainless Courtesy Light for your camper trailer, marine, boat, caravan, RV applications.
  • both suitable for all of your interior and exterior applications as a courtesy light, step light, accent light, or garden light.
  • It is equipped with a waterproof construction, and can provide a trustworthy pedestrian lighting for your walkways and assist with the privacy of your gardens.
  • features a recessed mounting design, harmonizes well with any architectural building.
SaleBestseller No. 7
TH Marine LED-51830-DP Dome Light with Switch, Red/White
38 Reviews
TH Marine LED-51830-DP Dome Light with Switch, Red/White
  • Surface Mount Dome Light w/Switch - 4" Dia - 6 Red/9 White LED Combination is Ideal for interior use in boats, RVs and other applications
  • Surface Mount - Easy Installation with Hidden Fasteners
  • Circuit board completely sealed in epoxy to resist water, corrosion and vibration
  • On/Off Rocker Switch on Bezel with UV Stable white housing resists color fading
  • 12 Volt with Low Power Draw Super flux (P4) type LEDs, super bright, long life span up to 100,000 hours
Bestseller No. 8
Partsam 4pcs 3' LED Oblong Stainless Courtesy Light Accent Yacht Marine Boat Clear/White
9 Reviews
Partsam 4pcs 3" LED Oblong Stainless Courtesy Light Accent Yacht Marine Boat Clear/White
  • Partsam 4Pack 3" LED Oblong Stainless Courtesy Light Accent Yacht Marine Boat - Clear/White Light
  • This small oval LED convenience, courtesy, reading and map light is an ideal lighting source for your RV, Truck, Car, Utility Vehicle, Boat or Aircraft; suitable for interior or exterior courtesy lighting on walkways, step or storage areas; found in high-end automotive and marine vehicles worldwide; Recessed mount.
  • 3LEDs; Clear/White; Surface mount design; Snap-on Bezel; Highly polished Stainless Steel Bezel; Ideal as a map, reading, chart, foot well, convenience, or utility lamp; Dimension: 3in. x 1-1/4in. x 2/5in.
  • Featuring a slim and stylish design these lamps are ideal for illuminating onboard areas such as steps, stairs, toe kicks, storage areas, companion ways, deck fittings, signs and switches; Lamps can be installed on a vessel's interior or exterior, in wet or dry conditions
  • Stylish and easy to install LED courtesy lamps provide safe, reliable and energy efficient lighting for interior or exterior applications; Oblong LED lamps are now available in a surface mount design for easier installation while still offering all the quality, efficiency and reliability
Bestseller No. 9
SeaSense Telescopic Stern Light
83 Reviews
SaleBestseller No. 10
T-H Marine LED Slim Line Utility Strip Lights
119 Reviews

How Are Boating Lights Used?

To fully enjoy your boating experience, you must make sure to follow certain rules related to lights on boats. These rules vary depending on many factors, such as the size and class of your boat. When looking at boating navigation lights and boating lights, keep the following in mind. These rules are in place for your safety.

  • Sidelights should be red and green for the port and starboard, respectively. They should cover dead ahead up to 112.5 degrees aft on both sides.
  • The stern should have white lights which shine aft and 67.5 degrees forward on either side.
  • Boating lights should have all-around white lights that cover 360 degrees.
  • The lights on the masthead should be white and go from the port side at 112.5 degrees around up to 112.5 degrees on the starboard side, above the sidelights.
  • You are allowed to combine your sidelights into one bicolor light.
  • If your sailboat is less than 20 meters, you need to have sidelights as well as a stern light. You may combine the sidelights into a bicolor light and have stern lights, or you may have a tricolor light on top of the mast. To avoid collisions on boats smaller than 7 meters, an electric torch or lantern is mandatory.
  • If your vessel uses oars, you may use either a electric torch or lantern or have sailboat lights.

If you find yourself boating at night, these rules are extremely important because they will help you avoid collisions with other vessels. The importance of these light requirements may be overlooked over the greater joys of boating, but these requirements are intended to keep everyone safe.

Remember that it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you keep to these guidelines for boating lights, you will be able to enjoy all the pleasures that your boat has to offer without being concerned about breaking the law or putting anyone in danger.

Boating Lights Items

An Example Of Boating Lights

The Latest In Boating Lights

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Green Blob Outdoors Pimp My Pontoon (Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet) (18,20,or 25ft Sizes) LED Boat Deck Lighting Kit w Bonus Red & Green Navigation Strips DIY Under Deck Lighting kit for Pontoon Boats
6 Reviews
Green Blob Outdoors Pimp My Pontoon (Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet) (18,20,or 25ft Sizes) LED Boat Deck Lighting Kit w Bonus Red & Green Navigation Strips DIY Under Deck Lighting kit for Pontoon Boats
  • Your Pontoon will have the very best and brightest led strips on the market! GBO Pimp my Pontoon Boat Kit LED includes all the materials you will need to make your Pontoon standout from all of the others!
  • Colors Choices: Blue, Green, or Ultra-Violet.. Kit Sizes: 18, 20, or 25-28 feet. LED strips can be cut to any length.
  • Pimp My Pontoon DIY Kit includes: 2 each rolls ( Cut for the length of your pontoon boat) of IP68 rated, Extremely Bright SMD5630,led strips. 1 each 30cm Red LED Strip, 1 each 30sc Green LED Strip, 60ft 22/2 Power Wire, 1 waterproof On/Off Switch, LED Aluminum Installation Channel with Covers, Stainless Steel Channel Mounting Screws, Butt Connectors, Instructions.
  • Pimp my Pontoon LED Strips are IP68 rated (100% full-time submersible waterproof), SMD5630 (Brightest Available LED strip on the market)
  • BONUS: 30CM Red & Green Navigation LED light strips included. Easy installation with written instructions provided
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Shoreline Marine 6-inch LED Strip Light - 6' l x 1' w x 1' d
8 Reviews
Shoreline Marine 6-inch LED Strip Light - 6" l x 1" w x 1" d
  • 12 LED lights
  • Use below or above water
  • Stainless steel hardware included

Boating Lights Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of boating lights:

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