- How are Liquid Lumens Lights different from the competition?
- Technical Questions
- Underwater LED Lights
Yes. The Liquid Lumens Underwater Light Installation Kit is equipped with a remote control bypass switch. If you happen to forget to take your remote control to the lake or lose it, simply activate the bypass switch located next to the Master Power switch in order to operate your lights until you can obtain a replacement remote control. You can find a replacement remote control for sale here in the Liquid Lumens shop.
No. Liquid Lumens Underwater Lights are thermal protected and will shut off if left on in a dry environment for an extended period of time. That is because they are designed for very high performance in wet conditions. Liquid Lumens underwater LED lights should be used primarily in a submersed environment for liquid cooling and reliable operation. Even though Liquid Lumens lights have thermal shutoff protection, we always recommend shutting off your LED lights prior to pulling your boat out of the water.
Yes. The Liquid Lumens approved installation kit is required for proper installation and operation of Liquid Lumens LED lights. Use of Liquid Lumens lights without an approved installation kit will void your warranty and may cause performance issues or hazardous conditions. One install kit is able to power a matching pair of Liquid Lumens lights.
Note** Red LED lights require a different voltage than White, Blue and Green LED’s. Make sure you are selecting the correct Install Kit to match your LED color.
If you consider yourself reasonably handy and are comfortable drilling a small hole in your boat and connecting a few wires, then you should have no trouble installing Liquid Lumens lights on your own. Or, you can find an authorized dealer for help with your install from our dealer locator. Professionally installed lights come with a free one year extension to our factory warranty.
Our current models of Underwater Lights were designed for fresh water use only. However, we are in the final stages of development of coastal editions of our lights that will be approved for use in salt water environments. We expect those to be available for sale by fall of 2016, so sign up for our newsletter or check back in the near future to be the first to find out when they become available.
All three models are excellent choices for virtually any underwater light application and all three lights produce 10,000 lumens of total light output. There are three primary differences between each of our Underwater Light LED Light models. Those are; the size of the light housing, the beam angle of the light and the luminous intensity (candela) output of each light.
Surfrider throws the widest beam at 84°, which results in the most peripheral light distribution, but has the lowest luminous intensity of the three models at 7,852 candela, which means better light distribution off the sides of the light but the least intense beam of the three options.
Maverick has a tighter beam angle than Surfrider at 73°, yet still distributes a very balanced peripheral pattern. It’s beam is certified at 10,036 candela which is quite a bit more powerful than Surfrider and a nice option for those who want a balance of great peripheral light distribution without sacrificing beam intensity.
Pipeline is the right choice for those who want the very best performance from their Underwater Light. With a 62° beam angle and a laboratory certified rating of 14,247 candela, Pipeline produces an incredibly intense beam, while still providing excellent peripheral light distribution. It yields the highest luminous intensity of all our Underwater LED products and is our top of the line Underwater Light.
Yes, when properly installed with a Liquid Lumens approved installation kit, all of our products can operate off of your boat’s standard 12V power supply system.
The three most widely used methods for measuring visible output from a light source are; lumens, candela and lux. All three of these measure different things about a light. For this question we’ll break down two of the three, candela and lumens.
Lumens measures total light output from a source while candela measures luminous intensity. When selecting the right underwater light, it is important to understand the features of the light in both lumens and candela, since one by itself does not tell you everything about that light.
Lumens are a very common way of measuring light bulbs for every day use. Imagine an 800 lumen light bulb hanging from a wire in an empty room. That bulb would be distributing its light in nearly every direction around the room. No one point would be receiving all 800 lumens, but the entire light output for the whole room would equal 800 lumens. If we were to obscure half of that exact same bulb so that visible light was only being emitted from 50% of the bulb, then the new lumen measurement in the room for that same 800 lumen bulb would drop to only 400 lumens since we obscured half of its total light output.
Candela on the other hand, measures luminous intensity in a single direction from the light source. So, in the example of the light bulb. If we were to measure the candela of the same bulb from the side of the light that we did not obscure then the candela values would be identical before and after we obscured the other half of the bulb. This is because we did not change the light being emitted in the direction in which we were measuring candela.
In the case of an underwater led light, both of these measurements are important. Our competitors all show their various light models output in lumens, but most do not show candela. With the information they are providing, we can tell how much total light their products are generating, but it is unclear how much of that light is actually reaching the intended point of use, behind the boat, at a distance off of the dock, etc. Much of the light output that other light products are producing is being lost in directions where it does not benefit the user, resulting in a less powerful beam and lower overall performance of their underwater lights.
In addition to producing several times more lumens than most of the competition, Liquid Lumens also uses our proprietary focusing technology. This combination creates a much more intense light beam, with both a higher lumen and candela rating, to ensure that the light generated is actually being directed where it is needed most.
Liquid Lumens uses our patent pending technology to outperform our competitors underwater lights through three key components of our design;
First, we use an LED driver to boost your boat’s standard 12V power supply and up-convert that power to either 25V or 34V (depending on the LED color).
Second, we use that higher voltage to drive a more powerful LED than what most other underwater light manufacturer’s are able to offer for a 12V system. A 10,000 lumen source LED for our cool white LED’s, 7,000 lumen LED’s for green and 6,000 lumen LED’s for red and blue. Compared to most of our competitors, that’s between 3 to 10 times the initial light output in lumens. But we don’t stop there.
The third step of our process, is to aim this more intense source light through a borosilicate glass focusing lens which results in an even more concentrated beam emitting from the light. This increases the amount of light directed to where you want to use it, while simultaneously reducing wasted peripheral light, enabling the beam to travel further through the water and appear brighter at the point of use. This design yields a higher Candela and Lux rating than what a similar light with a flat faced lens could produce.