OceanLED is by far the most popular and most widely distributed marine lighting brand in the world. The UK-based company has been accredited with kick starting the marine LED revolution back in 2005 and is still to this day, changing how boat owners light up the night.

Interior/Exterior FAQs

1. Why LED?

Very simply put, LED lights, provided they are designed and specified right, will last longer than any other light source, use a minimal amount of power, have much less heat exposure and withstand the rigors of spiking electronics, humidity, water ingress and vibration on a boat. Bulbs use a huge amount of power, are fragile, and don't last long in a marine environment. All OceanLED products are designed for the marine environment and will withstand the harshest of conditions.

2. Who are OceanLED?

OceanLED is by far the most popular and most widely distributed marine lighting product in the world. The company has a highly skilled team pushing the technological boundaries of LED lighting and the electronics to run them, with all products being designed and produced in-house.

The Superyacht division is a small dedicated team within the organisation solely focusing on the larger yacht market. Drawing on all the expertise within the company the SY Team work to give the best service, the best product knowledge, and the best solution to the industry. We take pride in the fact that we have carved out a special section of the company to manage this important segment of the market.

3. Why do the products look so different to retrofit bulbs, downlights or lights of the past?

Retrofit LED bulbs squeeze modern technology into outmoded housings. LEDs are cool running, and the cooler they run the better they perform. Therefore, LIET CORP products are designed around the LEDs and not the fitting in order to give them space to dissipate heat. This means that our products are run more softly, giving unprecedented performance, output, and longevity.

4. Why is your product more expensive than a retro fit bulb?

For a start, our product does not have a bulb, it is a light engine, and therefore different rules are involved in its creation. At OceanLED, our products are designed from first principal engineering, here, in the UK by specialist engineering experts. Secondly, you really do “get what you pay for”. Our products are an investment, not a simple purchase. You will see the returns that pioneering technology brings over many years, including reliability, longevity of 100K hours, impeccable light quality, low energy consumption and low carbon emissions.

5. Why is your product more expensive than most other marine lighting?

For all the reasons in the question above and that we design and manufacture our products to last. Our company setup is not a replacement business model, we aim to provide a one time solution that will work until it is not needed. No other lighting company can claim this ethos as the products they make inherently are designed to fail or will by default. OceanLED has built its reputation upon only the best being good enough and we are proud of this heritage.

6. Why don't you make more competitively priced products?

We will never sacrifice the quality of a product for price. An old adage that our product development leader shouts everyday - 'The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price!'

7. Can they be retro fitted?

Yes is the short answer, however different projects require differing products and this can certainly add to design and labour times. A lot of existing fixtures on yachts today can be left in situ and upgraded with a LIET engine from OceanLED.

8. Do they dim?

Yes. Fairly uniquely to the LIET product family, they are fully dimmable with all systems including Dali.

9. What is the truth about halogen and incandescent lamps?

Incandescent / halogen bulbs will be banned by 2015 due to their gross inefficiencies and utter waste of energy. The viable alterative are fluorescent and LED, and all major lighting companies are now championing LEDs as the lighting source for the future. OceanLED lights can save you up to 90% of your lighting electrical load due to intelligent optics, robust electronics and top of the range LEDs.

10. What voltage do the OceanLED fixtures run on?

12 - 24vDC as standard on all models and AC units for 110vAC - 240vAC.

11. Where are the lights made?

OceanLED is a UK based company. Everything we supply is designed in-house to our exacting requirements. From cables to LEDs all parts are made to our standards and designs and then assembled and tested in our facilities in the Midlands prior to shipping.

12. Testing, what lengths do you go to?

In addition to all that is required from Lloyds, RINA, ABS and DNV we torture test all our products before releasing them as a product. We take them from one extreme to the other. For instance we will freeze the light engine of an F1 in a block of ice and then rapidly heat it up in a boiling pan of water to thermally shock the seals and electronics.

Another test we conduct is the rattle test. On a boat vibration is ever present we subject all our lights to a paint rattle test. When you go to a DIY store and get paint mixed the machine they use to rattle the mixture together is the same machine we use to ensure all electronics, solder joints and seals are firmly in place.

Another fun test we do is the lens impact test. We take 1 kilo of lead and drop it on to the lens at ever increasing heights to ascertain the strength in the product. The lead weight has to reach about 12 inches for the product to pass the test!

13. How important is the Tritonium lens protection?

For underwater lights it is essential. For exterior lights we think it is a neat feature to assist in keeping your lights cleaner for longer and assistance for the crew when it does come time to wipe off the salt residue.

14. How do I change a bulb?

You don't. LEDs are extremely reliable and OceanLED over engineer headroom in all products adding to their reliability. An LED rarely fails, instead they gradually die over time. Problems in other competitors products tend to be with poor or cheap electronics. If there is a problem there will never be a catastrophic failure as with traditional bulbs where they just go out. In the rare circumstance there is a fault, the entire fixture needs to be replaced. OceanLED designs lights with this in mind making reliability the main concern when designing products. All OceanLED products are serial coded which means they are fully traceable back to the original reel id, which means we are capable of producing lights in the future to match identically to what has been made today.

15. What happens if the lights over heat?

All OceanLED lights have thermal protection cut out as a precaution. If the light overheats for whatever reason, the light will turn off. Once the unit has cooled down the light will turn back on, or depending on the switching system on board, it may be necessary to recycle the power. Most competitor's products do not have this feature. Customising of the thermal cut out range is possible if needed for yachts that have darker coloured hulls and based in extreme climates - ask for details.

16. How hot do the Lights get?

The running temperature of any out of water light from OceanLED is designed to run within 40- 60 degrees centigrade (104 - 140 degrees Fahrenheit) depending on which size of light and the ambient conditions. If they get warmer than this they 'fold back' in other words they dim down slightly to 90% output to reduce the temperature build up. If the heat issues still continue a yellow LED switches on inside the fixture and it will shut itself down.

17. Are the electronics reverse polarity protected?

Yes, all lights have reverse polarity protection. Red is always positive, black is always negative and if a yellow cable is present, this is for 0-10v dimming. Surprisingly most competitor's products aren't, which can cause an installation and warranty replacement problem.

18. How long do OceanLED lights last?

One of the best LED manufacturers in the world, CREE recommends we can advise 100,000+ hours on our products. However we limit this to 80,000 hours for out of water products. We are extremely confident in this also due to our policy of half and double e.g. if a component we use states a rating of 20 we assume it is only 10. If a component needs to be made at a rating of 10 we make it 20, just so every part does not run on its maximum limits. The LEDs are run at half the recommended maximum temperature and run at half the input voltage.

19. What happens at the end of the products rated life?

The human eye can only perceive a 30% drop in light and when an LED has reached this stage it is assumed the product's useful light has ended, i.e. the L70 line. However you can expect the fixture to last for at least as long again, but at ever diminishing output.

20. What customer service does OceanLED provide?

The Superyacht division at OceanLED is dedicated to providing the best service, products, and aftercare of any lighting company, or indeed, of any superyacht supplier.

21. Consultancy

OceanLED has an in-house team of dedicated customer service, sales, and engineers on hand to support our superyacht clients in various stages of the build.

22. Interior/Exterior Light Positioning

Lighting interior and exterior spaces requires a good level of understanding of colour temperatures, desired effects, control systems, styles and so on. OceanLED has a combined experience of over 100 year of lighting in house so can assist within many areas of the specification. Although we are not Lighting consultants we can assist designers and engineers and alternatively refer external companies whose specialty is in lighting design.

23. Power Consumption

Power consumption on any vessel is always a major consideration. Lights have traditionally been very power hungry so the advancements made in LED technology to provide lower energy consuming options have revolutionised the market. OceanLED lights are low voltage DC at the light engine eliminating the risks associated with traditional 110/240 vAC underwater lighting systems requiring large power surges for illumination. OceanLED lights have no power surge on startup and use considerably less power in operation. When illuminating underwater OceanLED lights can be switched on all at once and if the lights are turned off for any reason, they can be turned straight back on without waiting for up to 20 minutes for the bulbs to cool in order to re-strike, which is one major draw back with high power bulb style lights.

24. What is the typical delivery schedule?

6 - 8 weeks from order.

25. What is the Warranty?

As a standard for all Superyacht projects OceanLED products are covered by a 3 year warranty. Most of the time the installation is signed off by one of our engineers prior to launch and this allows us to qualify the install and document the mounting locations, wiring runs etc so should there be any issues further down the line, we can trouble shoot as effectively as we can. Upon Launching of the vessel, OceanLED will instigate the start of the 3 year period and all products will be pre-registered on to this website. To see a full statement of our warranty guidelines please click here.

26. What's the cost advantage over bulb style lights?

Some conventional lights are cheaper, but by the time you have replaced countless bulbs and suffered rising energy costs, conventional lights can turn out to be a lot more expensive than OceanLED lights. For example, the typical life expectancy of halogen bulbs is approximately 500 - 1000 hours.  Whereas OceanLED lights have a life expectancy of up to 125,000 hours.

27. Why do so many bulb / lamps fail well before their rated life?

The idea of a bulb is that it needs replacing and the more you replace it the more you buy. In contrast, the OceanLED business and product model is fit and forget. Halogen bulbs are fragile and vibration, irregular voltage and humidity all help to reduce the life expectancy.

28. Does switching on and off OceanLED lights shorten the LED life?

No, you can turn the lights on and off a million times an hour with absolutely no effect on the LEDs.

29. We have had our fingers burnt with LED's before. What makes yours different?

We have more history than any other company with LED technology, so we have experienced all of the problems that other lighting companies are currently experiencing. The difference is that we invested heavily in solving those issues years ago, so we are in a position to offer you a fully independently tried and tested product that is assured to give you the results you want.

30. Could you please supply us with the various light output ratings on the various models so we can better make adequate judgments as to what we need. Specifically, LUMENS.

OceanLED does now give exact Fixture Lumen outputs of our fixtures, but you must be aware of the differences when comparing LED to conventional bulb technologies and other lesser LED products. At present, the total lumen output of LED's will be considerably lower than some bulbs. This however does NOT mean though the total light output is less. The term 'Lumen' refers to the total amount of light produced at the source i.e. the bulb or the LED. Our LED products, whilst lower in Lumen value, use patented optical lenses placed over each LED to focus and magnify the light produced by up to 500%. Therefore, although emitting a lower value of Lumens, the product still emits a very high value of LUX. LUX is the total amount of light falling on a surface at a set distance from the light. However, LUX can be measured in a multitude of ways making some lights appear brighter on paper than others, when they are not.

The most professional way of measuring light output is FIXTURE LUMENS, i.e. the actual light output from a completed fixture. Therefore this is what we consider the USEFUL light output. Unfortunately our competitors blindly quote the bulb or LED manufacturers figures rather than testing their own fixtures and this does not help when trying to accurately compare like for like. To give an example of how Lumen figures can be misinterpreted; a bulb rated to 10000 Lumens, is placed in a fixture, and the lens is then painted black so no light exits the fixture at all. The fixture is still rated to 10000 Lumens, even though no light is being produced from the fixture!!!

Fixture Lumens for lighting products. although expensive to obtain via independent test houses is the best way of comparing like for like. In 2009 OceanLED invested heavily in its own optical laboratory to conduct and measure to know for sure what was what. When comparing products always ask the manufacturer to confirm where their data has been derived from.

31. Will the electronics interfere with the other equipment onboard?

All OceanLED lights are EMC tested, i.e. they emit no radio frequencies. From our observations, no other underwater lighting products on the market have gone through this essential testing and approval process.

32. How easy is the installation?

As all OceanLED lights are totally factory sealed and essentially only consist of either 1 or 3 components (light only, or light, driver, and connection cable).  The installation is effortless and designed to be fool proof with illustrated installation instructions and clear 'on product' labeling.

33. Are OceanLED lights safe?

With our LEDs you will gain increased safety as a result of lower operating voltages and on average 50 percent less heat exposure. All connections are made with sealed, over molded plugs which comply with ABYC, E11 regulations. All lights have thermal protection cut outs as a precaution.  As the technology does not need to facilitate bulb change, all lights are totally resin sealed, including the electronic drivers, to IP68 water ingress protection offering the ultimate in protection. Competitors bulb style fixtures are vulnerable to leaking at the rear seals where bulb changing is necessary especially when a lens has been broken, as the fixture is essentially hollow. All OceanLED lights are solid, resulting in a quadruple protection barrier.

34. Are OceanLED lights approved?

Yes, where applicable all OceanLED lights have passed the internationally recognised approvals Lloyds Type Approval, RINA and ABS. In addition to this all lights have passed USGC Ignition Protection standards meaning the electronics can be safely mounted in the engine room with complete peace of mind. Having this approval is essential for OEMs to conform with boat building standards which in turn validate insurance. All OceanLED lights have also passed the ABYC H-27 Side load test compulsory for all through hull units on boats. All components that penetrate a hull should have been tested to the H-27 standard. Essentially this test is a 500lb force applied to the end of the fixture for 1 hour. This ensures that if someone for instance steps on the light in the bilge or engine room, it will not break and therefore make the boat sink. OceanLED lights are the only underwater lights with this approval, which make OceanLED the most approved underwater lighting company in the world. See individual products for test and approval documentation.

35. Are the underwater lights totally waterproof from behind?

Yes 100%, all lights from the smallest to the largest, DC or AC powered, are totally resin sealed, meaning they can operate underwater. This includes the electronic driver. For permanent installation, however, always mount the electronics in a dry location.

36. The history of the LED

In well under a decade, LEDs have expanded their role from little red spots which tell you the HiFi is on, to include brilliant white light sources capable of illuminating a room or lighting the road ahead. Production quality LEDs are now capable of efficiencies of around 70 lm/W, compared with 12 lm/W for incandescent light bulbs, and single die devices are producing over 100 lm.

History of LEDS

Practical white LEDs were made possible by work with GaN semiconductor materials in the 1990s by Dr Shuji Nakamura at Nichia Corporation in Japan. There has been heated argument as to where the actual credit lies, but it is certain that the company, the man, and the previous research were all necessary. Nichia initially concentrated on making white LEDs in the classic 5mm and 3mm LED packages, as well as small surface-mount variants. The Philips-owned Californian company Lumileds introduced the first successful high-power white LEDs, using larger die (1x1mm) for intensity and complex packages to extract the heat generated. Cree of North Carolina has joined, or even surpassed, Lumileds as the producer of the brightest and most efficient LED die, and Far Eastern companies are not far behind.

How White LEDs work

The 'white' of white LEDs comes from the narrow-band blue naturally emitted by GaN LEDs, plus a broad spectrum yellow generated by a phosphor coating on the die which absorbs a proportion of the blue and converts it to yellow. 'GaN' die are actually InGaN heterostructures, which can produce operational wavelengths from green to ultra-violet by varying the relative amounts of indium and gallium during production. Although this blue die + yellow phosphor approach yields light which appears white, it has little green and almost no red content leading to inferior colour rendering compared with incandescent bulbs and even 'tri-phosphor' florescent tubes. 'Warm white' LEDs, which include a red-producing phosphor, are an attempt to improve this situation as well as make LEDs illumination more acceptable in living spaces.

LEDs for lighting?

White LED versions of traditional luminaires are already available from several manufacturers, particularly in the MR11 spotlight style. LED headlights are also used in car headlights and LED bicycle headlights have been available for some time.

Reality checking

Firstly, firms which claim 90% efficiency from LED light sources are making it up. Even the latest ones convert far more electricity to heat than they do to light. Next, according to lighting industry experts, LEDs will remain expensive compared with light bulbs and florescent tubes. And whilst they will increasingly appear in homes and offices, they will almost certainly will not replace florescent tubes in office lighting. Florescent tubes, at 100 lm/W for the best fittings, are equal in electrical efficiency to the best LEDs. In the future, large area sheet emitters based on organic LED or AC electroluminescent technology are likely to match LEDs in efficiency and to cost far less per lumen to manufacture. One of these two will probably end up replacing florescent tubes in office lighting and eventually most light bulbs in the home. In their favour, LEDs are the only real alterative if colour-tuneable accent lighting or colour-tuneable whole-room lighting is required.

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