Bowfishing Lights

Discussion in 'Bowfishing' started by tomfever, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. tomfever

    tomfever 6 pointer

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    Just got a new boat and was looking to get it rigged up for bowfishing during the summer and waterfowl in the winter. Have been looking at lights and trying to make my decision. I have used the average 500 watt halogens before, but I hate having to use a loud gas guzzling generator. Metal halides hurt my pocket a little too much, and HPS arent exactly cheap. I do not have a generator as of right now so that has to go into the spending equation. I have been looking at LED lights though. And I found these http://www.ebay.com/itm/6x-27W-Roun...Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item417065a602 . I have heard mixed reviews on LED but I watched videos on youtube that these were used and the water looked pretty good. With these you can run all of them on a 12 v battery for up to 18 hours eliminating a generator. Just looking for everyones .02
     
  2. breckhunter

    breckhunter 6 pointer

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    Where do you fish? And how big is your boat ? And mainly what fish you after?
     
  3. tomfever

    tomfever 6 pointer

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    I fish mainly around my house on some small rivers. Never hit anything big some of the water is crystal clear, some is kinda murky. I run a 17 1/2 by 5 wide flat bottom. We shoot alot of gar and carp mainly grass carp
     
  4. BR1

    BR1 8 pointer

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    My son went with the LED's last year and he really likes them. He shoots the rivers and a few strip pits. Powers them from a 12volt marine battery. He also used the generator and halogens before he switched.
     
  5. jbrandle

    jbrandle Fawn

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    I still like halogens imo. You pay for it at first cus of the generator and the housings. But once you get it all you just keep up with the bulbs and gas for the genny. I bought 500 watt housings and run 300 watt bulbs. I wish they'd come back out with the 250 ultras.
     
  6. tomfever

    tomfever 6 pointer

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    What wattage does he use? How many? Do you know how many lumens each light is? And does he have visibility issues with them anytime?
     
  7. quackrstackr

    quackrstackr Welcome to Fantasy Island Staff Member

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    I would go LED if I were going to set one up just for the fact of not having to deal with the generator. Check over on the bowfishingcountry.com forum. Several guys over there swapped over to them last year. There was a guy selling them at a pretty good price, too. I made a direct contact with a supplier in China last year and was going to be able to get them at one heck of a price but just never did it.
     
  8. BR1

    BR1 8 pointer

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    He uses 12 lights, the lumens are 2100 per light and the wattage is 27 watts per light. He said the light is different compaired to the halogens but he preferred the LED's better. He said they are a little pricey, around $30.00 a light. He built the rail mount and the lights are a lot lower than the halogens, the lights being smaller themselves.
     
  9. breckhunter

    breckhunter 6 pointer

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    You can still buy them
     
  10. breckhunter

    breckhunter 6 pointer

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    I have 8 halo 500 watts for 3 reasons 1-cheap 2-do better in murky water (fish the Ohio river a lot) and 3- I run a powermax on off my genny so I only have to have one battery and can troll all night
     
  11. Rod S.

    Rod S. 8 pointer

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    These work for us when the Asians aren't busting them.



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  12. allseasonhunter

    allseasonhunter 6 pointer

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    i have fished off of all three setups. leds are nice and quiet. they are the most expensive setup. lights are about 100 a piece plus your batteries depending on how many you run. work great when the water is clear. if you shoot the river when its muddy you wont be happy. hps lights are a little cheaper and are in my opinion the best all around light. great coverage and visibility in all water. the halogens are the cheapest and work good. not as good of a color light as the hps but still good lights. make sure to have extra bulbs on hand for the halos as they seem to not take waves branches or silver carp very well.
     
  13. troy75

    troy75 8 pointer

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    I'm currently switching over from halogen to LED, I shoot the ky lake and the rivers a lot and I wanted something I can shoot both with. On the lake I will just leave on and on the rivers I can run a Bigfoot switch and shoot bigheads. I went with 50 watt warm white,they put out about the same as a 500 watt halogen, ill post pic up when I get it done. I've already built the rail for them, I ordered them a week ago and just now got my tracking number.this my rail gonna put 10 lights on it.
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  14. hunt-4-life21

    hunt-4-life21 12 pointer

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    Just out of curiosity, why warm white? I've read numerous people say the cool whites are better, but I've also heard its personal preference.
     

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