Lighting For Boat Docks

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Lighting your boat dock is important for the safety of you and your passengers when entering and exiting your vessel in the dark, and can also be a wonderful feature to have should you want to entertain on your boat dock after the sun has set. Boat dock lighting also ensures that yourself, or others do not unexpectedly end up in the water during the nighttime hours.

There are a variety of different boat dock lighting options available. What choice you make for your particular boat dock lighting has a lot to do with what you plan on doing on the boat dock, and how much money you are willing to spend to light it. You can light your boat dock very simply for a minimal amount of money. Or, you can light your boat dock much more elaborately should your budget be big enough.

[box type=”alert” border=”full”]One of the most useful boat dock accessories – both for safety and entertaining – is lighting[/box]

A boat dock can be lit with a simple floodlight that is linked to your home’s power and turned on when you depart for a trip, and simply turned off upon your return. Installing a simple flood light can solve your need to light the dock, at a minimal cost, and can ensure that your boat dock is a safe one late in the evening.

Those who plan on doing some entertaining on their boat dock may want to opt for a more elaborate boat dock lighting plan than a simple flood light. Boaters who often go out at night in their boat may also want to opt for more elaborate and expensive lighting for their boat dock. This type of lighting is usually comprised of several lights placed around the dock to ensure that every inch of the dock is visible.

Lighting your boat dock properly can help ensure that you can see the dock well when returning from a voyage and don’t damage your boat or the dock when you attempt to dock the boat upon your return. A dock that is not lit properly can lend to boats accidentally hitting a corner and damaging the boat or the dock.

Traditional boat dock lights are often more rugged in structure than traditional lights and are designed to be able to withstand the elements they might face while attached to a boat dock.

Boat dock lights can make your boat dock not only a safer but also a much more enjoyable place. Boat dock lights can make night swimming a possibility, and can allow yourself and guests to spend time on the deck well into the night without ever being in the dark.

By Thomas Holley, owner of for the pontoon boat enthusiast. Be sure and sign up for our free newsletter, “The Pontoon Boating Life.”

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