Pontoon Boat LED Light Kit
LED Light Kit for Pontoon Boats
Light up your pontoon boat with a Boogey Lights® LED light kit! Designed specifically for outdoor use this LED light kit is incredibly bright. Our low profile hi-intensity LED strips are perfect for mounting just about anywhere in a boat that isn't submerged. They produce a smooth, even glow of light to give your boat that custom look. Our LED light kits provide both functional lighting as well as decorative, accent LED lighting. Available in eight different single colors and three multi-color configurations. The base Pontoon Boat LED light kit consists of two, 16' LED strips each with a 15' power lead on your choice of Black or White PCB. You can control the lighting with the included RF hand-held wireless remote or use your bluetooth enabled smartphone and our free IOS or Android APP. Powered by 12vdc. IP65 rated. Not intended for use under-water. If mounting in an area where lights will be exposed to salt water, we recommend mounting in a protective channel such as our Mini T-12 aluminum channels and difusers.
Want to go longer than 16'? The maximum length of a single LED strip is 16'. The laws of electricity won't allow it to go longer with today's LED 12vdc technology without sacrificing brightness and durability. If you want to go longer than 16' (e.g. 20'), you have two options. One is to simply center the 16' LED strip in that 20' space. Boogey Lights are already very bright so for most folks, having enough light is never a concern. That said, some prefer to have full coverage of the entire 20' area. In that case it's possible to cover that entire 20' span using two LED strips. In the case of a 20' span you could use the stock 16' and add a 4' add-on led strip. Or, order two - 10' LED strips using our LOW PROFILE SURFACE MOUNTED LED strips. With this product you can order any LED length from 3" to 16' (in groups of 3 LEDs) as well as different power lead lengths. Regardless of how you break up the 20' span, the two LED strips (totaling 20') are installed such that the two LED strips butt together; end to end, which gives the illusion of a single 20' LED strip. Both power leads will need to be routed back to the LED controller or power source.
LED Color: Select the LED color you want from the drop down box. There are eight possible single color options (Red, Green, Blue, White, Orange, Amber, Pink, Magenta) and three multi-color options (RGB, RGBW, RGBA). Selecting the LED color option will adjust the available options you can select based on your color selection. See CONFIG tab for more detail on the multi-color options.
Controller Configuration: Select the type of LED strip and switch/controller combination you want from the drop down. See CONFIG tab for more details on these options.
Kit Configuration: Select the LED strip lengths from the drop down. See CONFIG tab for more details on these options.
PCB Color: Select BLACK or WHITE PCB. Details on why this might be important to you are below. Note: RGBW, RGBA and RGBWW are only available in Black PCB.
Optional - Add Extra 3M Adhesion Primer: All of our lighting kits come with 3M adhesion primer sufficient to do the installation. Some folks however prefer to order extra; just in case.
Color Options and Considerations
This led light kit is offered in eight single color options and in the following multi-color configurations: RGB, RGBW (RGB + warm white) and RGBA (RGB + amber). The single color options are often used as direct replacement lights for factory installed lights. They can usually be installed using the existing wiring and switching for factory installed lights. If installing single color LEDs on a new installation (e.g. no factory light installed), you'll need a switch of some kind. We offer a hard wired on/off switch as well as a dimmable RF wireless switch. For multi-color installations, we offer a number of LED controller options depending on the type of RGB led strip you buy. RGB led strips typically can not be used with an existing factory installed mainly because factory installed lights are usually single color. The wiring for a single color LED strip won't support the wiring needed for an RGB, RGBW or RGBA strip. That said, you can use that existing single color wiring to control just the 'W' or 'A' diodes in the RGBW or RGBA strips while using an RGB LED controller to operate the RGB diodes in the RGBW and RGBA led strips. You'll find a more detailed discussion on these options under the CONFIG tab on this product page.
For all of the RGB options, the LED controller includes our M7 style wireless RF remote which is the most popular because of it's large, easy-to-use and see buttons. It measures 3.5" x 1.5" x .25". These LED controllers also allow you to use your Bluetooth enabled smartphone and our free IOS/Android APP to operate the lights. With the included RF remote you can change between 7 pre-set colors (Red, Green, Blue, White, Light Blue, Lime Green/Yellow, Hot Purple) and functions of on/off, blending, strobing, breathing, flashing, fading and dimming. You can also use your Bluetooth enabled smart phone to create a custom look. The Bluetooth APP allows you to program the RGB diodes of any of our RGB, RGBW, RGBA and RGBWW LED strips with over 16 million different color combinations plus three pre-sets. Also, the Bluetooth APP offers 2 and 3 color rotation programming. Click the APP navigation tab on this product page for significantly more information on both the Bluetooth capabilities and APP functionality (including a video showing how the Bluetooth APP works).
RGBW: On the RGBW led strip, in addition to RGB, you get one extra diode which is Warm White. That warm white diode has a Kelvin temperature of 2400 which means it has a yellowish look giving it a warmer, softer, candle like look (see photo below). That fourth diode on the RGBW led strip is often wired to an existing OEM switch allowing you to turn on just the warm white diode with the flip of a switch. Other options include adding a dimmer switch or even another LED controller just to operate that fourth warm white diode. See the CONFIG tab on this product page for more details on this option.
RGBA: On the RGBA led strip, in addition to RGB, you get one extra diode which is AMBER. That fourth diode on the RGBA led strip is often wired to an existing OEM switch allowing you to turn on just the AMBER diode with the flip of a switch. Other options include adding a dimmer switch or even another LED controller just to operate that fourth warm white diode. See the CONFIG tab on this product page for more details on this option.
NOTE: Warranty is void if used under-water or in salt-water environments.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR INSTALL. No two installation scenarios are the same. Not everyone shares the same installation quality goals. Some folks are OK with twisting wires together, others want to solder them. Some folks are OK with running wires where they may be seen or unprotected to save money/time, others want a tidy, clean install without any wires showing. Some folks are OK with mounting their LED strips to whatever surface they can find, others want to take the time necessary to build out appropriate mounting surfaces to provide the best lighting effect on their vehicle. The point is it's not possible to provide all the materials necessary for all installation scenarios and quality goals. Our light kits provide the essential components needed for a high-quality, functioning lighting system. Installation of our light kit to your specific vehicle may however require additional items to make it look and fit the way you want. This is particularly the case with electrical wiring and mounting of LED strips. Before proceeding with your installation we suggest you consider THESE OTHER ITEMS.
Series 2 Bluetooth + RF Combo
Now with Programmable Color Rotation Feature. With any of the Boogey Lights® BLUETOOTH controllers you can control your lights with your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Android or IOS smart-phone. These high-tech controllers are capable of displaying 16 million different color combinations. In addition, lighting effects on the Smart-phone. controller are significantly more controllable in terms of speed and intensity. Each color and lighting effect is controlled by "sliders" or a color square on your smart-phone. screen so you can adjust the speed and intensity to get the lighting exactly the way you want it. Also, all of our SERIES 2 Bluetooth Combo controllers include an RF remote control allowing for quick on/off of the controller. You can operate this controller with the included RF wireless remote (your choice of M7 or KEYFOB remotes) OR you can use your Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smart-phone. and our free smart-phone. APP (Android and IOS). We also offer a DUAL ZONE controller which is capable of powering up to 3,000 LEDs, with 1500 LEDs capacity on each zone. Each Lighting Zone can be controlled and programmed individually or together. More information about this controller option can be found on the OPTIONS tab.
Note: All Boogey Lights® LED strips are COMMON CATHODE LEDS. They share a common ground and will only work with positively switched controllers. Most LED strips on the market today are COMMON ANODE because the controller technology used to power them is less expensive to manufacture. However they're not nearly as bright and are an overall inferior design when compared with COMMON CATHODE LEDs.
Product Configuration Options
LED COLOR OPTIONS
This LED light kit is offered in eight single color options and in the following multi-color configurations: RGB, RGBW (RGB + warm white) and RGBA (RGB + amber). Single color simply means the LED strip is one color all the time. The color cannot be changed. The color you choose is the color you get. Multi-color means you can change or select different colors. All of the multi-color RGB options require an LED controller to operate. The advantage of RGB over a single color LED strip is that RGB gives you the ability to change colors as well as access other features such as dimming, flashing, breathing and color blending. With the bluetooth interface, you can save favorite color/feature sets as well as program 2 or 3 color rotation sequences. More detail about these advanced features can be found on the product page. With RGB you can choose between 7 (using the hand held wireless remote) and 16 million (using the bluetooth APP) different color combinations. RGBW includes all of the RGB colors and capabilities plus the addition of a warm white diode (2400 kelvin temp). Warm white is often referred to as a 'candle white' or 'soft white'. RGBA includes all of the RGB colors and capabilities plus the addition of an amber diode. Amber attracts fewer bugs than white. It's also not nearly as bright; easier on the eye at night which some folks prefer. We have included a photo of these different color temperatures of white on the main product page. Make your selection from the LED COLOR OPTION drop down.
CONTROLLER CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
The LED Controller Configuration Options offers the following SINGLE COLOR and MULTI-COLOR controller options as follows:
Single Color: No switches or controller. Select this option if you want a single color led strip (e.g. can't change colors -- just one color that you select from the LED Color option drop down) and you already have a means by which to switch the light on/off. Just be aware of the amperage draw. As a point of reference, single strip of 300 white leds will draw about 3.3amps on full brightness. All other colors will draw less.
Single Color: Single Zone. Select this option if you are ordering a single color led strip (e.g. can't change colors -- just one color that you select from the LED Color option drop down). This controller will power up to 1800 LEDs (max of 20 amps) all on one single zone. This controller is both RF wireless + Bluetooth capable. The RF wireless M7 style remote is the most popular because of it's large, easy-to-use and see buttons. It measures 3.5" x 1.5" x .25". With either the included RF wireless hand-held remote or Bluetooth APP you have the following features with single color LEDs: on/off, dimming, fading, breathing and strobing. With the Bluetooth APP you can also save presets. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is 7.5".
Single Color: Dual Zone. This controller offers the same functions and features as the single color single zone controller mentioned option above but it's a DUAL ZONE LED Controller. There are two distinct lighting zones. This controller will power up to 3000 LEDs with a max capacity of 1500 LEDs per zone (20 amps max per zone). Common reasons customers prefer the Dual Zone controller over the Single Zone controller is they wish to segment their under-glow system include two segments. Eg. Drivers side on Zone 1. Passenger's side on Zone 2. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is about 10".
Multi-Color: Single Zone. Will work any of the multi-color LED strips offered (e.g. RGB, RGBA or RGBW). This controller will power up to 1800 LEDs (20 amps) all on one single zone. This is a COMBO LED Controller in that it includes both an M7 style RF wireless hand-held remote and Bluetooth integration. This LED controller can be used with any of our RGB LED strips including the RGB, RGBW and RGBA. If using it with RGBW or RGBA, the W or A diode will need to be controlled by some other mechanism; often a simple on/off switch or another LED controller. For more information on how to wire an RGB LED controller to RGBW or RGBA leds, click on the link below. With the included RF wireless hand-held remote you can change between 7 colors (Red, Green, Blue, White, Light Blue, Boogey Lights Green (lime green/yellow), Hot Pink/Purple) and functions of on/off, blending, strobing, breathing, flashing, fading and dimming. You can also use your Bluetooth enabled smart phone to create that custom look with over 16 million different color combinations plus three pre-sets and color rotation programming functionality. See additional details (with video) and it's capabilities on the APP navigation tab appearing on this product page. With both an RF wireless remote AND bluetooth integration, you get the best of both worlds. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is 7.5".
Multi-Color: Dual Zone. This controller offers the same functions and features as the multi-color single zone controller mentioned above but it's a DUAL ZONE LED Controller. There are two distinct lighting zones. This controller will power up to 3000 LEDs with a max capacity of 1500 LEDs per zone (20 amps max per zone). Common reasons customers prefer the Dual Zone controller over the Single Zone controller is they wish to segment their under-glow system include two segments. Eg. Drivers side on Zone 1. Passenger's side on Zone 2. Another example is if you're buying the RGBA or RGBW LEDs. Zone 1 is wired to the RGB diodes and Zone 2 is wired to the A (or W) diode. One controller will then operate both the RGB and the A (or W) diodes. This controller is 5.5" long x 3.25" wide and 1.5" high. Note that the overall length to accommodate room for wires is about 10".
A Word about Controlling RGBA and RGBW LED Strips
If you're buying either of these two LED color combinations, our multi-color RGB controller will power the RGB LED components in those two LED strips. What you use to power the A (or W) diodes is up to you. It depends solely on what you're trying to do. We recommend the DUAL ZONE LED controller only because it has two distinct lighting zones so you can wire the RGB LEDs to Zone 1 and the A (or W) diode to Zone 2 but it doesn't have to be that way. You can for example use a simple on/off toggle switch to turn on/off that fourth A (or W) diode. Another option is to use our wireless on/off led controller coupled with a heavy duty relay to turn on/off that fourth diode. It ultimately comes down to how you want to use your lighting system. If you're confused or unsure about this, we urge you to give us a call at 800.847.1359 M-F, 9-5 eastern and speak with a product specialist. We can assist you with the process of determining how best to achieve the lighting effect you want.
KIT CONFIGURATION LENGTH OPTIONS
The default length of a single LED strip is 16', which contains 300 super-bright tri-chip LEDs. You can cut the LED strip every 3 LEDs if you need to. If you need to cover a larger area than the default of 16', the KIT CONFIGURATION drop down box offers these lengths: 16' (default), 20' or 24'. The kit includes two - 16' strips so if you order the longer configuration (e.g. 20'), you'll receive four - 10' LED strips. Regardless of the kit configuration, each led strip includes a 15' power lead hard wired to one end of the LED strip. There are no connectors. Single color LED strips have 2 conductor power lead. RGB has 4 conductor power leads. RGBW and RGBA both have 5 conductor power lead leads. Single Color and RGB led strips are 3/8" wide (10mm). RGBW and RGBA are 1/2" wide (12mm). All are 1/8" high/thick. The maximum length of a single LED strip is 16'. They cannot be daisy chained together. The laws of electricity won't allow it to go longer with today's commericially available technology using 12vdc power and super bright 5050 led chips. If you have an application that requires longer than 16' (e.g. 20'), you have two options. One is to simply center the 16' LED strip in that 20' space. Boogey Lights are already very bright so for most folks, having enough light is never a concern. This is what most people do. That said, some prefer to have full coverage of the entire 20' area. In that case it's possible to cover that entire 20' span using two LED strips. In the case of a 20' span you can order two - 10' LED strips using the KIT CONFIGURATION drop down selection above. You'll notice we offer the option of 2 - 10' LED strips (20' total coverage) as well as 2 - 12' LED strips (24' total coverage). Regardless of how you break up the 20' span, the two LED strips (totalling 20') are installed such that the two LED strips butt together; end to end, which gives the illusion of a single 20' long LED strip. If ordering multiple strips from the Kit Configuration drop down (2 - 10' or 2- 12' LED strips), one of the LED strips will have a longer power lead on it to allow for the power lead to double back over. You may also need to purchase additional power lead wire. If you need to order additional LED strips, you can do so using our ADD-ON LED STRIPS.
Extra 3M Adhesion Primer
3M Promoter is a powerful adhesion primer. It's an essential step in the installation process but you don't need much of it to make it work. A simple single swipe on the surface you're mounting the light strip to is all you need. Our lighting kits include enough 3M Adhesion Primer to mount the strips in the kit for most installations. Some customers however feel better if they "paint" the mounting surface completely with it -- which is fine if you want to but not necessary. The problem is that 3M Adhesion Primer isn't readily available everywhere; particularly weekends, holidays and evenings. If you use all of the primer that's included with the kit but run out before you're finished, you'll have to wait to finish the job until you get more adhesion primer. If you're one of those people who would prefer to have a little adhesion primer left-over just in case, we offer the option of adding an additional bottle to your order.
- Install this LED light kit anywhere you want to light up your boat. Common locations are under the deck just above each pontoon (see photo). It provides a nice glow on the pontoons and water. If you need to cut the strip to fit you can. Just make sure you cut where marked.
- Optional - Add additional 2', 4', 8' or 16' strips as needed across the bow, stern, under the bimini or in the cockpit to accent other areas of the boat.
- Optional - Add HEAVY DUTY LED STRIPS (IP67 rated) to areas that are submerged for brief periods of time or might be subject to direct impact.
Depending upon the mounting surface of your deck you may need want to consider using ALUMINUM CHANNELS. They make for a smooth installation as they can easily be screwed to the decking surface and then attach the light strips to them.
- WE STRONGLY SUGGEST BENCH TESTING YOUR LIGHTS AND CONTROLLER BEFORE MOUNTING! We cannot emphasize this enough. Probably 95% of all calls we receive from customers are about problems or issues that could have easily been avoided had the customer taken the extra 15 minutes to bench test their lighting setup before installation. Not only does bench testing give you an opportunity to understand the configuration, it also will flush out any problems or misunderstanding about the product and use before mounting.
- Make sure you know where your electrical connection will be and how you are going to route the power leads from the power source to your LEDs.
- The only way to ensure the LED light strip stays stuck is to make sure you prepare the surface in accordance with the directions. Every LED light kit we sell includes 3M promoter (aka "primer"). It's absolutely critical the surface be prepared using this special 3M promoter and that you follow the directions provided with every light kit.
- If you need to cut the LED strip, make sure you do it before affixing to your vehicle. Our LED strips can be cut every 3 LEDs and are clearly marked.
- When in doubt, call our technical support team! We're the experts. Since 1989 we've done this thousands of times. We know what works.
Did we mention that using the 3M® Adhesion Promoter included in this kit is an important step in the installation process you should not skip?
Need additional assistance? Give us a call and we'll be happy to assist!