High-bright marine LED lights, from Rigid Industries

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

11 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Here’s a review with videos of the Dually D2 being used on ATVs: http://goo.gl/ZQl2w
    I also tried to figure out how Lumens and Lux relate to the Candlepower and Candela ratings usually used for marine spot lights. Pretty confusing, but at least this is funny:

  2. Don Joyce says:

    Price is certainly improving. I replace the PAR36-sized HID lamps in my spreaders with aircraft landing light LEDS at more than double the cost suggested in your article. The lights are blindingly bright (almost as bright as the HIDs) and I can’t complain about the current draw. Price is still worth grumbling about.

  3. Sandy Daugherty says:

    Rigid puts Infrared LEDs in some military applications. That’s good. IR is the key to seeing stuff at night if you can’t pony up the price of something from FLIR. All those cheap, [possibly] marinized night cameras from places closer to the PO valley can see forever* in daylight. What’s keeping us from seeing those pesky fish traps and crab trap floats at night is the puny amount of IR they can put in their built in illumination. Add external IR illumination and see ‘way far away for as long as your batteries and wiring can stand it!
    *Poetically speaking. Your experience will vary in proportion to your genetic poet/engineer quotient, the time of day, and blood/alcohol levels.

  4. VOYAGER says:


  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Interesting idea, Sandy, but I couldn’t find anything about IR LEDs on the Rigid site. But I did find some more detail on the optics:
    And also a must-see test-to-destruction video:

  6. Steve Adams says:

    You are absolutely correct, we do offer IR lights. We don’t put them on our website due to the fact that they are normally a military/DHS product. The good news is they aren’t regulated, just most people don’t have any use for them.
    We can do just about any light in 850 or 940nm, for Marine applications I would recommend 850nm. There will be a slight red glow, but about 2x the energy output. We have never tested with any cameras, but I do know with true night vision systems they work amazing! They won’t help with FLIR due to FLIR being a thermal imaging, but with a night vision camera it should work out perfect.
    Steve(Rigid Industries)

  7. Peter says:

    I’ve just been reading about Switch led lights that are liquid filled for cooling in a normal screw type bulb.
    this tech would seem natural for a marine light..liquid filled pretty much means waterproof.

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Peter. Here’s a link to Switch:
    The prices are finally getting to the point that I’m trying some LEDs around my house. I’m finding that there are still some issues with warm color temperatures (Switch looks better in that dept.) and even, wide light dispersal, but I just ordered five more of these $12 Utilitech 40 Watt equivalents from Lowes: http://goo.gl/9fUD5

  9. Taniwha says:

    I just want to put a comment regarding Rigid Industries’ customer service, which I have found excellent.
    Following the above original Panbo entry on the Rigid lights, when I decided to replace the spreader lights on our 46ft sailboat I decided to try the Rigid lights. I bought a pair of Dually diffused marine series lights.
    Unfortunately, when they arrived one of them had an internal short to ground which pulled my bench power supply to ground and meant it didn’t work at all (the other worked perfectly).
    I contacted Rigid by email and got a reply from their Warranty Manager, David Hobbs, within a day. After clarifying a few details for him, he told me that they would happily ship a replacement light to me in Asia, and within the week I received the light.
    It was excellent customer service, and I’m very happy with the lights (I haven’t mounted them yet). I’m not worried about the DOA light – such failures happen in all production lines – it’s how companies deal with them that makes the difference, and Rigid responded superbly.
    I think excellent customer service is always worth reporting (too often in this internet world we just hear negatives), hence the post.

  10. danny says:

    I have a 21′ Carolina Skiff that I want to light up the deck on like a Christmas tree. After reading several post and forums I am still confused about what set of rigid lights to purchase. I know I want the marine series just not sure what model. My boat has a binime top and I want to pit them on the front and back of the shade. I want to light up the deck and the port and starboard sides so I can night fish. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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