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#1 Tim Flanagan

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:23 AM

On boats with 12-volt systems, what's the best light for squid jigging? I don't want an enormous inverter to power my pair of 500-watt worklamps, and I doubt my battery will last long with that setup, so I'm looking at simple 12-volt operation.

I see several spotlights designed to plug into the 12-volt adapter, and one of these has the advantage of being a useful tool in contexts besides fishing.


And there are the many underwater lights:
http://store.seaview...;products_id=57
http://www.fishinglightsetc.net

Does anyone have any genuine experience with underwater lights? It seems to me that an underwater light wouldn't have to be nearly as bright to achieve the same results as a light out of the water, because a lot of light from a conventional light is reflected off the surface of the water and never makes it down to where the squid can see it.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:39 AM

i don't claim to have any experience here but it did just occur to me that if you could get a light system based on LEDs (light emitting diodes) then it should use a lot less power than standard globes. so you might like to search for a product that uses LEDs.

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#3 Tim Flanagan

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:09 PM

i don't claim to have any experience here but it did just occur to me that if you could get a light system based on LEDs (light emitting diodes) then it should use a lot less power than standard globes. so you might like to search for a product that uses LEDs.


I thought this would be a good idea too, but now I'm not so sure. LED lamps capable of putting out the kind of light squid fishers normally use would be prohibitively expensive, compared to halogen. I've got dual batteries on my boat, so I can run one dry and still get home :-) 12V Halogen is probably fine, and 12V flourescent might be even better. If it works.

T'ain't worth nuthin' if'n it don't work!
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#4 Tim Flanagan

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:11 PM

I thought so too, but LED lamps of sufficient power are just too expensive. Maybe in a few years.

For now, it seems like halogen, xenon, or some sort of flourescent tube are still the best choices. If they work! :-)
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 05:10 PM

I thought so too, but LED lamps of sufficient power are just too expensive. Maybe in a few years.

For now, it seems like halogen, xenon, or some sort of flourescent tube are still the best choices. If they work! :-)



Hi Tim,
A lot of the people squid fishing off of the piers have been using the 12v fluorescent light tubes. They seem to work fairly well from what I have seen. They use very little power, so it should be power friendly to hook up a few of them. Or, you could get a small 400w (or smaller) power inverter, and use a larger 4' 120v fluorescent light fixture (shop light).

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Posted 03 February 2008 - 04:10 PM

As my self also when squid season in terengganu,malaysia. I'm using 12v floresent tube light with battery. It can last up to 6-8 hour. Actually most of the local fisherman here their prefer to using generator with 500 watt sportlight.
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 01:44 AM

I am wondering that the metal halide light bulbs can works under rainy weather conditions :lol or this commercial light bulbs are
only for clear weather? :lol
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#8 Volim More

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:02 AM

check this

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It is LED light for squid fishing produced by Croatian firm 

www.volimmore.com


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