As such, cockpit lighting is something that we consider essential; the cockpit being the area we spend most of our time on our boat, especially in the evening hours when beer and wine taste their best. Cockpit lighting can be tricky. A lucky few have light fixtures hard-wired into their dodgers or biminis, but they are the exception. Most string up some temporary solution using either a kerosene lantern, headlamp, or battery powered lamp to lighten things up. Not us. We used DC powered LED automotive Christmas lights (the kind you'd plug into a cigarette lighter). I bought a couple of strings before we left on our first boat because a) I love decorating for Christmas and b) I thought they might be useful. Useful they were! Turns out, these lights are the perfect cockpit lighting solution, and not just during the holidays. They give off a pretty light, use trace amounts of energy and add a beautiful ambience to boot. We leave them up 24/7 and all we need to do is plug them in* and we're good to glow (yep, I just typed that).
Scott rigged these up last night and they look beautiful, don't you think? What is your cockpit lighting solution? Has anyone else out there tried LED Christmas lights?
*We love DC outlets and always install more than the boat comes with. On Asante we installed one in the cockpit (and five others elsewhere) because we found it so useful on our first boat. We also get DC chargers for everything that we possibly can.