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||Posted: Aug. 02 2007,04:48
Personally I don't use night lights, tho I do carry a nice little high intensity around my neck - made by Black & Decker, water resistant, even comes with a cord. Best part is that all it takes to activate it is a short pull against the cord (no fumbling for switches). Only use it when needed (rarely).
And boy is it visible. This keeps me legal and I use it only when I'm concerned about traffic. Because it hangs free I can point it where needed, move it side-to-side to create a flashing effect if I wish, very visible.
I also have used the orange, cigar sized marine light that is meant to clip onto a life vest. Waterproof, turn on/off by twisting the cap, easy. This provides a steady light which gives a blinking effect with kayak movement.
Both of these are cheap solutions. A last option are the head, miner's type high intensity, with elastic to fit around your forehead/cap. Many have different settings - steady, flash, etc. - and intensities. Some with a red setting. These are nice cause you control them with your head, point where needed.
Law is that kayaks do not require having a light on at night, just that you have one on board, at the ready. Flashing lights are for emergencies only. I'm not big on structures that stay lit, may interfere with your vision, stick up to get caught on fishing lines, and cannot easily be attended to when out on the water.
If you really do want boatlike bow/stern lights, you might want to consider mounting it right behind your seat. This way it will not interfere with fishing or your own night vision, can also attend to it easily.
Why do you want this on-the-water lighting system?
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 02 2007,05:08
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